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Western Mass Vipers

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.  The Vipers are proud members of the Premier Hockey League of New England (PHLNE).   We complement our PHLNE league games with a strong independent schedule. 

Tryout Dates and Times for 2021 Western Mass Vipers Teams

Tryouts for the Western Mass Vipers for each age group will take place on the dates and times below.   Program details are listed below this post.

The tryout fee is $50 plus a $20 refundable deposit for a new, numbered Vipers practice jersey that will be used by the player throughout the tryouts.  The player may keep the jersey at the end of the tryouts or may return it after the last tryout. Players returning the jerseys will receive the $20 refund on-the-spot.  To register please see the green registration link below tryout schedule.  Good luck to all.

2021 Western Mass Vipers Tryout Schedule (Changes in Red)

14U (2007)
Sat March 13      2:40 PM               Fitzpatrick
Sun March 14     11:20 AM           Fitzpatrick
Tues March 16    9:10 PM              Fitzpatrick 

15U (2006)
Sat March 13      5:40 PM               Fitzpatrick
Sun March 14     6:00 PM               Fitzpatrick
Tues March 16   8:00 PM               Fitzpatrick

16U (2005)
Sat March 13      10:30 AM             Fitzpatrick
Sun March 14     10:00 AM             Fitzpatrick
Mon March 15   8:40  PM               Smead

18U (2004, 2003)
Sun March 14     4:30 PM               Fitzpatrick
Mon March 15   7:30 PM               Smead
Wed March 17   6:15 PM               Greenfield

2021 Vipers Program, Teams, and Coaching Assignments

The Vipers look forward to our 8th season.  Program details and coaching assignments are posted below. 

Highlights of the Vipers program include:

  • 2021 Teams at the 14U, 15U, 16U, 18U, Midget Minor (15/16) and Midget Major (17/18) levels
  • Split-Season Fall Teams Aug.-Nov., 24-26 games. 14U players have the option of continuing for a winter season (Dec. – Feb.)
  • All teams will play in the Premier Hockey League of New England (PHLNE)
  • 2 Single-Team Full-Ice practices per week in the fall primarily at Lossone Rink at Williston 
  • Experienced Professional Coaching
  • Goalies will receive regular training in the fall from Stop It Goaltending included with their ice fees.
  • Off-season program includes the Vipers Cup (15U-18U): player favorite, highly competitive, local hockey
  • Vipers are not-for-profit – low costs, all ice fees are invested in our players

2021 Team Head Coaches

14U                Stefan Herter
15U                Kevin Stefanik
16U                Mike Rousseau
15/16              Matt Crutch
18U                Rob Pattison
18U                Chris Kuenzel

Viper Leaders

Congratulations to our Vipers 16U Team - PHLNE Premiere National Division Champs!

Congratulations to Coach Rob Pattison and our 16U team who finished the fall season atop the PHLNE 16U National Premiere standings, the top of four 16U divisions in the league.  We further congratulate all of our Viper teams on their successful seasons in the PHLNE and look forward to another great year in '21.

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