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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. Since 2016 we have been members of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.  We complement our league games with a strong independent schedule. 

Vipers Cup Schedule and Rosters

By Jim Watkins 04/14/2019, 10:00pm EDT

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

Schedule:

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    


Rosters:

Black Gold Red White
Barnes Ayers Barker Buffone
Baumann, B. Beckwith Batchelder Buteau
Baumann, K. Bridges Blackburn Byrne
Brunelle Clark Cortis Cloutier
Duquette Corbin Delisle DeMaio
Galpin Darling Gay Fijal
Kotfila Fugiel Ishida Foster, C.
Mazza Harvey Jubb Foster, N.
Meon Hosmer Laramee Hanscomb
Ortyl Manning Nowill Higgins
O'Sullivan Pacheco Pete Kennedy
Rajpold Palumba Taupier Lambert
Roache Pattison Tenczar McLaughlin
Sullivan Scott Tsilibocos Nigro
Watkins Slovin Tucker Paul
  Taggard Volo Samson
  Terzi    

15/16 Midget Minor Try-Outs

By Ryan Scott 04/02/2019, 11:00pm EDT

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:

  • Teams at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U levels
  • Split-Season Fall Teams Aug.-Nov., 25-30 games
  • 2 Single-Team Full-Ice Practices per Week (Sept. – Nov. at Lossone Arena)
  • Experienced Professional Coaching
  • Spring Program includes the Vipers Cup: April-June (15U-18U) player favorite, highly competitive, spring hockey
  • Vipers are not-for-profit – low costs, all ice fees are invested in our players
  • Combined Record of our 3 Midget Teams in ‘18 was 66-21-3
  • 18 Vipers are Captains or Alternate Captains of their ‘18-19 HS Teams
  • 17 Vipers were First Team All-Western Mass Selections for ‘17-18 HS Season (43% of all D3 and D3A Selections)
     

2019 Coaches
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:

14U (2005)
Tuesday,    March 19,    8:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Saturday,   March 23,   3:45 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Sunday,      March 24,    2:20 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena

15U (2004)
Monday,    March 18,    8:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Saturday,   March 23,    2:30 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena
Sunday,       March 24,    1:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Arena

16U (2003)
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!  

Viper Leaders

By Jim Watkins 01/22/2019, 2:30pm EST

18 Vipers are Captains or Alternate Captains of their ‘18-19 High School teams. (Click the Viper Leaders tab to see who.)

Playoff Time

By Jim Watkins 11/07/2018, 3:45pm EST

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. 

Did you know?

By Jim Watkins 11/07/2018, 3:45pm EST

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!

Vipers ISlides are Back

By Jim Watkins 08/27/2018, 4:15pm EDT

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

 

2018 Coaching Staff and Practice Schedule at Lossone

By Jim Watkins 08/21/2018, 8:45am EDT

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