Vipers Cup Game Time Changes for 4/22
In order to accommodate the Bessone Banquet the game times for this weekend are now:
Red vs. White Sunday 4/22 at 10:15 am (changed from 10:30)
Black vs. Gold Sunday 4/22 at 8:30 pm
Both games at Smead.
Vipers Spring Cup Begins April 22
Our Vipers Spring Cup begins April 22. Our 15U, 16U and 18U players will be divided into equal teams and compete in a six game round-robin tournament on Sundays at Smead, culminating in a championship game for bragging rights. The schedule is below (no games Mother's Day Weekend or Memorial Day Weekend). Rosters will be posted shortly.
4/22/2018 10:30 Red v. White 1:00 Gold v. Black
4/29/2018 11:00 Gold v. Red 12:10 Black v. White
5/06/2018 11:00 Gold v. White 12:10 Black v. Red
5/20/2018 11:00 Red v. White 12:10 Gold v. Black
6/03/2018 11:00 Gold v. Red 12:10 Black v. White
6/17/2018 11:00 Gold v. White 12:10 Black v. Red
6/24/2018 11:00 Championship
Congratulations to Our New and Returning Players
The Western Mass Vipers are pleased to welcome our new and returning players for the 2018 season. We had more than 120 players tryout for our teams. Congratulations on your selection! We look forward to a great season.
Registration for 2018 Tryouts is Open
Registration for tryouts for the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U Viper teams is now open and the tryout schedule is listed below. The registration fee is $50 if you register online, payable by credit card at the time of registration or in person by check or cash at the first tryout. The online form is accessible using the "Register Online" link on our home page. The process does require you to establish an account for our website to access the registration form. Our website provider's credit card processing system has been glitchy for the past few days. If the credit card processing does not go through, you can select the pay in person option to complete the registration and bring cash or check to the tryout. On-site registration at the tryouts is also possible. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at tryouts.
Western Mass Vipers Try Out Schedule
Tryouts for the Western Mass Vipers 2018 Teams are as follows:
14U (2004 Birth Year):
Thursday March 15 6:45 PM Mullins Main Arena
Sunday March 18 11:00 AM Mullins Practice Rink
Monday March 19 9:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena
15U (2003 Birth Year):
Sunday March 18 12:15 PM Mullins Practice Rink
Tuesday March 20 8:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena
Thursday March 22 8:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena with 16U
Sunday March 25 4:45 PM Fitzpatrick Arena with 16U
16U (2002 Birth Year):
Thursday March 15 8:00 PM Mullins Main Arena
Tuesday March 20 9:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena
Thursday March 22 8:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena with 15U
Sunday March 25 4:45 PM Fitzpatrick Arena with 15U
18U (2000 and 2001 Birth Years):
Monday March 19 8:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena
Wednesday March 21 9:00 PM Fitzpatrick Arena
Sunday March 25 3:30 PM Fitzpatrick Arena
*Entrance to the Mullins Main Arena is down the outside stairs between the main arena and the practice rink through the double doors behind the main arena.
Vipers Will Field Teams at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U Levels for 2018 - Tryouts to Begin Mid-March
Vipers Will Field Teams at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U Levels for 2018. Tryouts will begin March 15. Registration and tryout schedule will be available shortly.
The 18U team will be coached by Mike Rousseau (Head Coach at Amherst Regional High School - see bio below). Coach Rousseau will be assisted by Lou Vezina (Head Coach, Chicopee Comprehensive High School).
The 16U team will be coached by David Foster. David played his HS hockey at Amherst HS and Worcester Academy and played four years of collegiate hockey at Nichols. He previously served as HC with Amherst High School, Amherst Youth Hockey, and the Springfield Rifles. Coach Foster will be assisted by Matt Crutch (Head Coach Belchertown High School).
The 15U team will be coached by Bill Grise (see bio below). Coach Grise is currently the Head Coach at Easthampton High School.
The 14U team will be coached by Kevin Stefanik. Coach Stefanik played his high school hockey with Holyoke/South Hadley where he was part of several Western Mass Championship teams as well as the State Championship Team in 2010. He has been an Assistant Coach with South Hadley High for 7 years and with the Vipers for three years.
Vipers will return to Lossone Arena for the fall season with two single team full ice practices a week and a competitive schedule of 22-25 games per team. 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. Since 2016 we have been members of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League. We complement our league games with a strong independent schedule.
16Us Off to the EJEPL Playoffs
Good luck to our 16U team in the EJEPL playoffs 10/28 at Connecticut College!
Vipers ISlides are Back
ISlides are back. $34.95 directly from ISlide personalized in white or black. Discount code is Vipers2017. Order at: https://www.islideusa.com/products/western-mass-vipers
Fall 2017 Practice Times (Updated 9/12/2017)
The Vipers 18U, 16U, and 14U teams will practice and play out of Lossone Arena at the Williston Northampton School beginning Friday Sept. 8. Each practice will be a 60 min single team practice. Prior to Sept 8., the teams will practice at times and locations to be posted on the individual team sites.
The Lossone practice times for each team are listed below. It is possible the teams may swap practice slots prior to the start of the season. Any changes will be posted here.
18U: Mondays 7:50 - 8:50, Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30.
16U: Mondays 6:40 - 7:40, Thursdays 7:20 - 8:20
14U: Tuesdays 7:40 - 8:40, Fridays 6:00 - 7:00
Mike Rousseau Will Coach Our 18U Team in 2017
After a successful 2016 season with our 16U team, Mike Rousseau will coach our 2017 18U team. Mike is the current head coach of Amherst Regional High School and has a wealth of experience at many levels. Prior to taking the position at Amherst, he was an assistant coach at Cathedral High School (now Pope Francis) for five years. He also previously served as an assistant at Western New England College, The Jimmy Powers Hockey School, Agawam and Longmeadow High Schools and was a head coach at Central High School and with the Springfield Rifles. He was the Western Mass High School Coach of the year in 2015.
Vipers Welcome Dan Kearns as Coach of our 2017 16U Team
The Vipers are excited to welcome Dan Kearns to our organization. Dan will coach our 2017 16U team and has extensive coaching experience at the youth and high school levels. At the youth level he has served as head coach for several teams with the New England Junior Falcons and Berkshire Bruins and was also head coach of the 2001 birth year Atlantic Coast Aces. The Aces were league champions in the highly competitive Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League in 2014-2015. Dan also served as head coach at Taconic High School from 2005-2010 where his teams qualified for the Western Mass playoffs each year (reaching the finals in 2009) and won the Hennessey League title three times.
Vipers Welcome Bill Grise as Coach of our 2017 14U Team
The Vipers are pleased to welcome Bill Grise to our organization. Bill will coach our 2017 14U team. Coach Grise played his high school hockey at Cathedral HS where he was part of the 2009 State Championship Team. He has previous coaching experience with Ludlow Youth Hockey and as an assistant coach at Easthampton High, where he is now head coach. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Movement Science and is a Physical Education teacher in Springfield.
Vipers Enter EJEPL Playoffs with #3 Seed
Vipers are on to the EJEPL Playoffs with the #3 Seed in the 16U Split Division. Semifinal game is Sunday October 30 in Simsbury.
Western Mass Vipers Join EJEPL
The Western Mass Vipers are proud to announce that we have joined the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) The EJEPL consists of more than 75 leading organizations and is geared to prepare its players to become top level recruits of the future. See EJEPL.com. We look forward to an exciting season.
Vipers would like to thank Antonio's Pizza for their support for the 2017 Season.