2017 16U Tryout Dates and Registration

Tryouts for the 2017 16U Vipers (2001 and 2002 Birth Years) will be held as follows:

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Saturday March 11 at Smead Arena, Springfield

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Monday March 13 at Fitzpatrick Rink, Holyoke

Please register for the tryout using the online form under the forms tab at the top of the menu bar on the left.  The tryout fee will be $20 for both sessions for those who register online by March 10. The fee will be collected (cash or check) at the rink at the time of the tryout.  It is possible to register on site on the day of the tryouts. The fee for those who register on site will be $30 (cash or check).  There will be a parent information meeting in the lobby at Smead at 1:30 on 3/11.

The tryout process for the 18U team will be announced shortly.


Western Mass Vipers Will Field Teams at the 16U and 18U levels for 2017

The Western Mass Vipers will field teams at the 16U and 18U levels for 2017   Both teams will skate in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) this Fall in the split season divisions.  The EJEPL games will be complemented with a strong independent schedule.   Following tryouts in mid-March, the teams will conduct a series of spring practices and skate in a least one spring tournament.   The Fall season will consist of two single-team full-ice practices a week and approximately 20-24 games, including tournaments.  We are a not-for-profit organization and our ice fees are determined only by our expenses.  (For the Fall 2016, these fees were $1150 per player as detailed in the menu tab.)   The 18U head coach is Mike Rousseau.  The 16U team will be coached by Dan Kearns – see bios below.   Check back in the coming days for tryout/open skate details.


 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 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 2016-17 Season.