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Vernon Vipers take aim at Bucks in BCHL home opener

Snakes begin on road in Salmon Arm before returning to Kal Tire Place to host Cranbrook
The Vernon Vipers will play their 2023-24 B.C. Hockey League home opener Saturday, Sept.23, against the Cranbrook Bucks at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Friday and Saturday evenings will be the best time to catch a Vernon Vipers game.

The B.C. Hockey League club has released its 2023-24 schedule. The team will play 26 home and 26 away games, plus two at the league showcase event, which will be held Oct. 22-26 in Seattle, in partnership with the National Hockey League’s Seattle Kraken.

Vernon will play 11 home games on Friday evenings (7 p.m. starts) and 10 home dates on Saturdays (all but one are 6 p.m. starts - March 2 vs West Kelowna Warriors will start at 7 p.m.).

Opening night across the league will be Friday, Sept. 22, with the Vipers beginning on the road in Salmon Arm against the Silverbacks.

The Snakes will play their home opener the following evening, Saturday, Sept. 23, against the Cranbrook Bucks.

The Vipers will have three mid-week home dates – Wednesday, Nov. 1, vs Cranbrook; Wednesday, Nov. 29, vs West Kelowna; and Tuesday, Dec. 12, vs Salmon Arm. Those games will start at 7 p.m.

There will be two Sunday afternoon contests – Dec. 31, vs the Penticton Vees; and Family Day Monday, Feb. 19, vs Cranbrook. Both of those contests will begin at 2 p.m.

Vernon will play four home games against Coastal Conference opponents, all after the Christmas break. The Vipers entertain the Coquitlam Express Jan. 13 (6 p.m.); the reigning conference champion Alberni Valley Bulldogs March 15 (7 p.m.); the Nanaimo Clippers are in town the following evening March 16 (6 p.m.); and the Snakes will take on the Powell River Kings in their final regular-season home date March 30 (6 p.m.).

The season ends March 31 and the playoffs will start April 5.

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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