If you’re going to make a run at a championship, you could do worse than having a goalie named Vernon in your crease. The North American League’s Aberdeen Wings won their first Robertson Cup with the backing of netminder Matt Vernon, the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Vernon. Matt, a Colorado College commit, was named MVP of the playoffs after posting a .926 save percentage and allowing just a single goal in the final two games.
During the regular season, Vernon led the NAHL by playing 52 of Aberdeen’s 60 games. “Matt was a horse,” said coach-GM Scott Langer. “I’ve never ran a goalie like that, he never really got a rest. Matt’s compete level is off the charts, and when he got to the playoffs, he was just a focused individual.”
Aberdeen, which is in South Dakota, had a 19-game...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.