Congratulations to our 2017 Players

Congratulations to our 14U, 16U and 18U players.  Thanks to all who tried out. Spring schedules are posted. 



Western Mass Vipers Will Field Teams at the 14U, 16U and 18U levels for 2017

The Western Mass Vipers will field split season teams at the 14U, 16U and 18U levels for 2017.  The teams will skate with the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) this Fall and the EJEPL games will be complemented with a strong independent schedule.     The Fall season will consist of two single-team full-ice practices a week and approximately 20-24 games, including tournaments. Following tryouts in mid-March, the 16U and 18U teams will conduct a series of spring practices and skate in a least one spring tournament.  The Vipers 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. The 14U head coach is Bill Grise – 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 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  We look forward to an exciting season.


Vipers would like to thank Antonio's Pizza for their support for the 2016-17 Season.