Vernon Viper graduates make the grade

Vernon Viper grads named to Atlantic Hockey’s all-academic team.

Former Vernon Viper d-man Cody Ikkala has been named an Atlantic Hockey all-academic.

Former Vernon Viper d-man Cody Ikkala has been named an Atlantic Hockey all-academic.

A pair of Vernon Viper grads were among 20 B.C. Hockey League alums honoured on Atlantic Hockey’s all-academic players list for the past school year.

Cody Ikkala, a blueliner with the Vipers from 2007-09, graduated this spring from the Army Black Knights with a degree in Resource and Environmental Studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The 24-year-old is a four-time recipient of the all-academic award.

Ikkala, who married fiancée Tiffany Held in May, played a shutdown role for the Knights, racking up a goal and five assists in 79 games. He is the older brother of former Viper Cole Ikkala, who is entering he junior year with the Union Dutchmen.

Colton Cyr, who came to the Viper den from the Nanaimo Clipper at the 2011-12 trade deadline, was an all-academic with the American International University Yellow Jackets of Springfield, Mass.

Cyr, 21, collected 1+2 in 11 games during his freshman campaign with the Jackets.

To qualify for the all-academic honour, student-athletes needed to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all of the academic semesters in which their team was actively competing.