The Vipers were founded in 2013 to provide our kids the opportunity to play highly competitive hockey across MA, CT, and NY with the objective of preparing them for their HS seasons and beyond. We are a player and family-focused not-for-profit organization committed to competitive hockey, strong professional coaching, the development of each player and transparency to our members. Our teams are run as financial collaboratives and we divide expenses equally among all players. Since 2016 we have been members of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League. We complement our league games with a strong independent schedule.
The Vipers Spring Cup schedule is below, Games start Saturday 4/20. (The games are on Sundays except for Saturday 4/20 due to Easter on 4/21 and Saturday 5/11 due to Mother's Day on 5/12. All games at Smead except for the games on 5/11, which are at Mullins. Tentative rosters are posted below the schedule. The rosters are subject to change and will be confirmed in the next day or two.
NOTE TIME CHANGES ON 5/5 DUE TO BESSONE BANQUET
|Sat 4/20||9:00 AM||Gold 2 Black 2||10:15 AM||Red 4 White 2||Smead||Saturday Games|
|Sun 4/28||11:00 AM||Black 5 White 3||12:15 PM||Gold 2. Red 3||Smead|
|Sun 5/5||6:00 PM||Gold vs. White||7:15 PM||Black vs. Red||Smead|
|Sat 5/11||6:00 PM||Gold vs. Black||7:15 PM||Red vs. White||MULLINS||Saturday Games|
|Sun 5/19||11:00 AM||Black vs. White||12:15 PM||Gold vs. Red||Smead|
|Sun 5/26||11:00 AM||Black vs. Red||12:15 PM||Gold vs. White||Smead|
|Sun 6/2||11:00 AM||Semifinal 1||12:15 PM||Semifinal 2||Smead|
|Sun 6/9||1:00 PM||Final||Smead|
Vipers Announce an Additional 15U/16U Midget Minor Team – Evaluation Skate Sunday, April 7
Due to the very strong turnout for our 15U and 16U teams, the Vipers will field an additional Midget Minor Team for 2019. The team will be coached by CJ Stagnaro. There will be an additional evaluation skate this Sunday, April 7 at 9:30 am at Smead. If your player previously registered for our 15U or 16U tryout, you do not need to register again. If your player has not previously registered and would like to be considered for the team, please register by going to the Midget Minor Tryouts tab above ($20).
Registration for try-outs for 2019 Viper teams and the try-out schedule is now available by clicking on the try-outs tab.
Online registration (preferred): $60
Onsite registration (available): $80
Highlights of the Vipers program include:
18U: Mike Rousseau and Lou Vezina
16U: Dave Foster
15U: Rob Pattison (see bio below)
14U: Kevin Stefanik and Evan Sullivan
The try-out schedule is:
Tuesday, March 19, 8:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Saturday, March 23, 3:45 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Sunday, March 24, 2:20 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Monday, March 18, 8:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Saturday, March 23, 2:30 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Sunday, March 24, 1:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Sunday, March 17, 9:00 AM, Smead Arena
Sunday, March 24, 10:20 AM, Smead Arena
Monday, March 25, 8:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
18U (2001 and 2002)
Sunday, March 17, 10:20 AM, Smead Arena
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 PM, Smead Arena
Sunday, March 24, 9:00 AM, Smead Arena
The Vipers welcome Rob Pattison, who will join our organization and coach the 2019 15U (2004) team. Rob graduated from the University of Vermont where he played four years of D1 hockey. Following UVM, Rob played 4 years of pro hockey in the ECHL, AHL and IHL with 3 of those years coming in the NJ Devils system. Rob has coached for ten years in Brattleboro as well as serving as a coach for the VT Development Camp. Rob also coached the Deerfield Academy preseason team in 2017-2018. We are excited to welcome Rob to the Vipers!
The Vipers congratulate Garren Fugiel (Easthampton High), Ben Watkins (South Hadley High), Bryan Baumann (Greenfield High) and CJ Tenczar (Easthampton) on reaching 100 career high school points. Well done boys!
18 Vipers are Captains or Alternate Captains of their ‘18-19 High School teams. (Click the Viper Leaders tab to see who.)
The Vipers 18U and 16U teams are off to the EJEPL playoffs this weekend. Both teams go into the playoffs following very strong seasons with the 18U team posting an overall record of 18-7-0 and the 16U team posting a record of 18-4-1. Our 15U teams sits on top of their division with a 19-1 mark in league play and an overall record of 33-11-3. Good luck boys! Bring home some hardware.
17 Western Mass Vipers earned First Team All-Western Mass Honors for the 2017-2018 High School Season and 8 Western Mass High Schools had Vipers as team captains. Looking to push those numbers further in 2018-2019!
ISlides are back. $35.00 directly from ISlide personalized in white or black. Discount code is vipers2018. Order at: https://www.islideusa.com/products/western-mass-vipers
Our 2018 Coaches:
18U: Mike Rousseau (HC Amherst HS) and Lou Vezina (HC Chicopee Comprehensive HS)
16U: Dave Foster and Matt Crutch (HC Belchertown HS)
15U: Bill Grise (HC Easthampton HS)
14U: Kevin Stefanick (Assistant HC South Hadley HS)
Here are the practice times at Lossone starting Friday 9/7:
14U Tuesday 7:40-8:40 pm, Friday 6:00-7:00 pm
15U Monday 6:00-7:00 pm, Thursday 7:20-8:20 pm
16U Monday 7:10-8:10 pm, Thursday 8:30-9:30 pm
18U Monday 8:20-9:20 pm, Wednesday 7:30-8:30 pm