Vernon Vipers, Salmon Arm Silverbacks swap blueliners

Carter Stephenson goes to the Shuswap while Cameron Trott heads to the North Okanagan

The Vernon Vipers have traded Carter Stephenson

The Vernon Vipers have traded Carter Stephenson

The Vernon Vipers have made a few roster moves as they prepare for a weekend road swing in Wenatchee, Coquitlam and Langley.

The Snakes traded Carter Stephenson to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for Cameron Trott and future considerations in a swap of defencemen.

Trott, 19, six-foot-two, 205 pounds, is in his second season in the BCHL, tallying six goals and 24 assists last season in 56 games. This season Trott has three goals and three assists in 19 games.

The product of Anmore, B.C. was part of the 2015 World Junior A Challenge Selection Camp, as well as on the NHL preliminary watch list.

Trott is expected to join the Vipers on the ice Thursday.

Stephenson, 18, a six-foot-1, 195 pound West Vancouver product, was in his first full season with the Snakes after spending time last season as an affiliate player.

He had five goals and eight assists in 13 games with the Vipers.

Vernon has also released goaltender Cole Demers and added goaltender Darion Hanson, 19, from Youngstown of the United States Hockey League.

Hanson, who has already committed to NCAA school Union for next year, spent last season in the North American Hockey League, playing in 34 games with the Aston (suburb of Philadelphia) Rebels, where he was named an East Division All-Star and a member of the First Rookie Team.

Hanson appeared in 34 games for the Rebels posting a 2.57 goals against average and a save percentage of .914.

Those numbers are similar to ones put up in 2014-15 by Andrew Shortridge, the Vipers’ MVP last season. Shortridge had a goals against average of 2.57 and a .913 save percentage in 33 games in the NAHL.