Vipers trade for Butcher

The Vernon Vipers have traded defenceman Austin Cho to the Langley Rivermen in exchange for 20 year old forward Ben Butcher.

Ben Butcher is now property of the Vernon Vipers. He is the son of former NHLer Garth Butcher

Ben Butcher is now property of the Vernon Vipers. He is the son of former NHLer Garth Butcher

The Vernon Vipers have traded defenceman Austin Cho to the Langley Rivermen in exchange

for 20 year old forward Ben Butcher.

Cho, an 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., was in his rookie season with the Vipers having one assist in 17 games. Cho is a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder.

Butcher is a BCHL veteran having appeared in 184 regular season games and another nine playoff tilts. The product of Bellingham had 5-6-10 in 17 games with Langley.

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he will add size and leadership to the Vernon forward group. The

son of former NHL defenceman Garth Butcher will be joining his fourth BCHL team but his first

outside of the Mainland Division.

Vernon is on the road for three straight this weekend beginning with a stop in Alberni Valley on

Friday, Cowichan on Saturday and Surrey on Sunday.

Next home action for Vernon is Tuesday, Nov. 10th (First Responders Night) when the Vipers host the Merritt Centennials.