Vipers deal for ex-Merritt defenceman

The Vernon Vipers have traded 20 year old defenceman Jason Bird and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of 18 year old defenceman Dylan Chanter.

The Vipers must now complete a deal with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL where Chanter had been playing this season before he can officially join his new team.

Chanter, from nearby Armstrong, had spent the last two seasons in the BCHL with Merritt prior to joining Dubuque.

He had one goal and one assist in 14 games with Dubuque this season.

The 6’3 215 pound rearguard has secured a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire for next season.

Bird will join his third BCHL team after also spending time in Coquitlam.  The veteran defenceman was enjoying  a great offensive season with 5 goals and 18 assists in 35 games.

The Vipers would like to welcome Dylan to the hockey club and thank Jason for his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future.


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