Vipers bring experience, leadership to Johnson Cup

Darrell Cole
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KENSINGTON, P.E.I. If theres one thing the Kensington Vipers bring to the Don Johnson Cup, its experience.

The cup was born there in 1982 and the Vipers have often competed for the regional Junior B championship. The club also hosted the tourney last season, when the Bay Ducks won the championship.

Were in pretty good shape, were generally healthy and are coming off a big win in our league final, coach Wade Waddell said. Were going in as good as we can go. Were not going over there to get a participant ribbon.

The Vipers feature a solid lineup with a number of players with Junior A experience with both the Summerside Western Capitals and the Charlottetown Abbies of the MJAHL, including Marc Halbot, Brodie Sanderson, Brett Vessey and Morgan Cooke.

Were an offensive team. Of the top 10 scorers in the league we had the top five, Waddell said. We have a lot of leadership in our room and guys like Brett Vessey, who captained Charlottetown for three seasons, bring respect to the team.

The Vipers are also solid in nets and rode the play of former Midget Major AAA standout Jeremy MacKinnon to the Island Junior Hockey League championship in six games over the South Shore Red Wings.

We have a team that knows how to play in the big games, he said. Were not going in blind. We know what were up against. For us to win, were just going to have to play our game. Its a short tournament so you cant have a bad game.

Organizations: Don Johnson, Summerside Western Capitals, Island Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: KENSINGTON, Charlottetown

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