WSHLWestern States Hockey League
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The Vipers are led by WSHL All-Star selections Justin Dyke, a Canyon Country resident who plays forward, and defenseman Patrick Hood.
Craven is the third youngest player on a Vipers team (8-2-1) that's in contention for a WSHL title.
Point taken: Valencia did suffer its first regular-season loss Sunday, but gained a point in the WSHL standings in an 8-7 overtime loss to Boise in the finale of a three-game road series.
The 20-and-under WSHL features the highest level of amateur hockey on the West Coast.
The team will be coached by Andrew Murtagh, who played for a WSHL team in Albuquerque, N.
Those considerations, as well as the viability of the Western States Hockey League - the Las Vegas team folded midway through this season - are among the biggest concerns Ice Station management has about fielding a WSHL team next season.
Participants on the Junior-B level Flyers - and all WSHL teams - pay several thousands of dollars each to participate in the league, where they have an opportunity to get exposure for Junior-A level hockey and potential college scholarships.
Bruyere said he expects to field a WSHL team next year but noted that as of last February, the same could have been said.
And because of a strong finish - the Flyers won five of their past six regular-season games - they qualified for the WSHL playoffs, and Lapides and his teammates have a opportunity to gain even more exposure.
Howard came to the Flyers midway through the 2001-02 season and sparked a remarkable turnaround, leading a then-expansion team to the WSHL semifinals.
He came to Valencia last season after suffering a back injury over winter break and led the Flyers to the Junior-B WSHL playoff semifinals.