Congrats to the Vernon Vipers on a second straight Fred Page Cup victory. This is a league full of deep and talented teams. It is very difficult to repeat, but the Vipers found a way to get it done against a very game Powell River Kings club. Credit to both organizations who lost some key pieces and still managed to return to the league finals. Check out a very good article from Vernon on the game that picked up on the Labreche vs. Jones match up I talked about here. Very tough loss for Powell River. I had a chance to chat with Montrose's Kellen Jones of the Vipers on their Game 7 victory and preparing for the Doyle Cup.
Montrose's Kellen Jones on Vernon winning the Fred Page Cup
Good luck to the Vipers as they represent our league in the Doyle Cup and perhaps eventually in the Royal Bank Cup again. As for Powell River, they serve again as an example of how commitment to developing a program in a small market under community ownership can still lead to success in this league. It's not all about location and private ownership. Kent Lewis and company have shown the way for other similar programs to follow. I know that's a fifth loss in the finals for the Kings and they're starting to feel like the Buffalo Bills. They can still hold their heads up high as they've accomplished a lot more than people expected over these past two years.
Today is also the start of the NHL playoffs. You can check out the Mountain FM Overtime Playoff Preview by clicking here. We've got a bunch of other archived interviews on the site as well including a chat with Don Hay. Tonight on Overtmie I'll have a chat with Trail minor hockey product and Kelowna Rockets Coach Ryan Huska on the three locals who played for him this year including former Smoke Eater Lucas Bloodoff.