MONTAGUE – The fact the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers have won five Island Junior Hockey League playoff championships in a row is impressive enough.
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Island Junior Hockey League commissioner Jim Chandler presents Brett Hogan of the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers with the most-valuable-player award for the playoffs. The playoffs was made following the Vipers’ series-clinching 10-7 win over the Montague Maniacs in Montague on Saturday night.
Add in that two 22-year-old players – captain Jeremy Jollimore and assistant captain Brett Hogan – have their names engraved on the championship trophy for all five titles is even more impressive.
“It just really is amazing,” said Jollimore during the on-ice celebration following the Vipers’ championship-clinching 10-7 road win over the Montague Maniacs on Saturday night. “Just to think about it – winning five years in a row, I’m really blessed to be with this team.
“It’s such a big part of my life. I am so happy right now.”
Hogan described the accomplishment: “It feels great. It is surreal, really. Everybody works so hard, and everybody buys into the system. Everybody wants to win so bad, and that’s how we get it done every year.”
Vipers head coach Wade Waddell said it is “unheard of” for two players to win five championships in a row with the same team.
“For fun one time I sat down and made up an all-Viper team because I have been at this for close to 20 years now, and those two guys were on it,” said Waddell. “Jeremy is a heart-and-soul type of player, plays both ends of the ice really well and is a star in his own right.
“I’d say Brett Hogan is probably top two or three (players) to ever play in this league, and Jolly is right there, too.”
Jollimore played his last season of midget eligibility with the Vipers, who renewed his passion for hockey, and Hogan joined the team as an affiliated player for the playoffs that same season.
“When I came to the Vipers I had a really rough second year midget,” said Jollimore, who is from Springbrook. “I was done with minor hockey, and didn’t really want to play any more.
“It just really is amazing. Just to think about it – winning five years in a row, I’m really blessed to be with this team. It’s such a big part of my life. I am so happy right now.” Vipers forward Jeremy Jollimore
“I came here and since then hockey has been my No. 1 priority. The Vipers are so close to my heart.”
Jollimore has continued a family tradition by playing for the Vipers in his home rink, Community Gardens.
“Both my brothers played for the Vipers growing up, and I watched them my entire life,” said Jollimore. “Just to get the chance to play for them is awesome.”
Hogan, who is from Cornwall, talked about his development as a player with the Vipers: “I developed a lot. You get to play with a lot of good players.
“When I was younger, playing with Cameron Webster and Thomas McSweeney, you learn a lot of things playing with players like that.”
Hogan cited “hard work for sure” as the key to the Vipers’ success.
“The coaches always come in and give us a good talk before the game, but we know what we have to do,” said Hogan. “We go out there and work our hardest every single game.”
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