The British Columbia Hockey League's Vernon Vipers are set to honour a key piece of their back-to-back RBC Cup-winning teams on Saturday night when the club retires the jersey of graduated forward Rob Short.
Short was a four-year Viper who set a team record for games played with 293 over five seasons. He scored 74 goals and toalled 165 points in that time, including a career-high 22 goals and 50 points during the 2010/11 regular season. The 21-year old helped the Vipers to a string of three Interior Conference titles in four seasons and was part of Fred Page Cup-winning teams in 2009 and 2010.
The retirement ceremony for Short's #20 will come before Vernon faces off against the Penticton Vees, which is appropriate given the role the Lumby, B.C. product played during a number of seasons in which the rivalry between the clubs grew to be one of the league's best.
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