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The Kamloops Blazers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team plays in the B.C. Division of the western conference, is based out of Kamloops, British Columbia, and play home games at the Sandman Centre. The Blazers originated as the Estevan Bruins in 1966, became the New Westminster Bruins in 1971, and relocated to Kamloops in 1981 as the Kamloops Junior Oilers. The Blazers have won the Memorial Cup three times in 1992, 1994, and 1995, and the Ed Chynoweth Cup six times.

Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers logo 2015.jpg
CityKamloops, British Columbia
LeagueWestern Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionB.C.
Founded1966
Home arenaSandman Centre
ColoursBlue, white and orange
              
Owner(s)Tom Gaglardi (majority)[1]
Shane Doan
Jarome Iginla
Mark Recchi
Darryl Sydor
General managerMatt Bardsley[2]
Head coachSerge Lajoie[3]
Championships6 WHL championships: 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995
3 Memorial Cup championships: 1992, 1994, 1995
Websitewww.blazerhockey.com
Franchise history
1966–1971Estevan Bruins
1971–1981New Westminster Bruins
1981–1984Kamloops Junior Oilers
1984–presentKamloops Blazers

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HistoryEdit

Their franchise was granted in 1966 as the Estevan Bruins in Estevan, Saskatchewan. In 1971, it moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, and was known as the New Westminster Bruins. It then moved to Kamloops in 1981 and was known as the Junior Oilers until 1984, when they were given their present name, the Kamloops Blazers. The team moved from the Kamloops Memorial Arena to the new Riverside Coliseum, then renamed to the Interior Savings Centre, in 1992, and finally changed to the Sandman Centre in 2015, due to co-owner Tom Gaglardi also owning the Sandman hotels brand.

The team has won the most Memorial Cups of any team in the WHL with five, two as New Westminster (1977 and 1978) and three as Kamloops (1992, 1994 and 1995). The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) record is seven, held by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Toronto Marlboros, now known the Guelph Storm.

The franchise began in 1946 as the Humboldt Indians of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and moved to Estevan to become the Bruins in 1957. The franchise has won the President's Cup a record 11 times, once in Estevan, four times in a row in New Westminster and six times since relocating to Kamloops. The Blazers hosted the 1995 Memorial Cup, although they went in the "front door" by also winning the WHL championship that year.

The team was featured as a plot element in a book called Blazer Drive by Sigmund Brouwer.

WHL finals appearancesEdit

Memorial Cup appearancesEdit

CoachesEdit

Notable head coaches in the history of the Kamloops Blazers include Ken Hitchcock, Tom Renney, Don Hay, Marc Habscheid and Dean Evason.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated January 21, 2019.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
23   Ryley Appelt LW L 19 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
52   Jackson Caller D L 19 2018 Kamloops, British Columbia Undrafted
19   Orrin Centazzo LW L 19 2018 Marwayne, Alberta Undrafted
4   Jeff Faith RW R 21 2018 Wilcox, Saskatchewan Undrafted
31   Dylan Ferguson G L 20 2013 Lantzville, British Columbia 2017, 194th Overall, DAL
16   Zane Franklin (A) RW R 20 2018 Marwayne, Alberta Undrafted
35   Dylan Garand G L 16 2017 Victoria, British Columbia Eligible 2020
2   Devan Harrison D L 19 2015 Dysart, Saskatchewan Undrafted
22   Martin Lang RW R 17 2018 Rokycany, Czech Republic Eligible 2019
32   Jermaine Loewen (C) RW R 21 2013 Mandeville, Jamaica 2018, 199th Overall, DAL
42   Kobe Mohr LW L 19 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Undrafted
5   Montana Onyebuchi D R 19 2018 Dugald, Manitoba Undrafted
21   Jerzy Orchard C L 18 2016 Delisle, Saskatchewan Eligible 2019
9   Josh Pillar C R 17 2017 Warman, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
25   Quinn Schmiemann D L 17 2016 Wilcox, Saskatchewan Eligible 2019
41   Joonas Sillanpaa D L 18 2018 Göteborg, Sweden Eligible 2019
12   Kyrell Sopotyk LW L 17 2016 Aberdeen, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
17   Brodi Stuart (A) LW L 19 2015 Langley, British Columbia Undrafted
6   Sean Strange D L 19 2015 Saanich, British Columbia Undrafted
11   Travis Walton LW L 20 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Undrafted
18   Connor Zary C L 17 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
7   Luke Zazula D L 19 2015 Langley, British Columbia Undrafted

NHL alumniEdit

Totals include those who played for the franchise as the Kamloops Junior Oilers.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1981–82 72 18 53 1 320 464 37 4th West Lost West Division semi-final
1982–83 72 46 26 0 461 356 92 3rd West Lost West Division semi-final
1983–84 72 50 22 0 467 332 100 1st West Won championship
1984–85 72 52 17 2 423 293 106 1st West Lost final
1985–86 72 49 19 4 449 299 102 1st West Won championship
1986–87 72 55 14 3 496 292 113 1st West Lost West Division final
1987–88 72 45 26 1 399 307 91 1st West Lost final
1988–89 72 34 33 5 326 309 73 3rd West Lost West Division final
1989–90 72 56 16 0 484 278 112 1st West Won championship
1990–91 72 50 20 2 385 247 102 1st West Lost West Division final
1991–92 72 51 17 4 351 226 106 1st West Won championship and Memorial Cup
1992–93 72 42 28 2 302 253 86 3rd West Lost West Division final
1993–94 72 50 16 6 381 225 106 1st West Won championship and Memorial Cup
1994–95 72 52 14 6 375 202 110 1st West Won championship and Memorial Cup
1995–96 72 48 22 2 343 257 98 2nd West Lost West Division final
1996–97 72 28 37 7 256 285 63 5th West Lost West Division quarter-final
1997–98 72 37 32 3 234 253 77 4th West Lost West Division quarter-final
1998–99 72 48 11 13 298 195 109 1st West Lost final
1999–00 72 36 30 5 1 244 228 78 4th West Lost West Division quarter-final
2000–01 72 35 28 7 2 289 274 79 3rd West Lost West Division quarter-final
2001–02 72 38 25 5 4 263 230 85 1st B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2002–03 72 39 27 5 1 261 222 84 2nd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2003–04 72 34 28 8 2 192 182 78 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2004–05 72 26 37 7 2 161 211 61 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 34 33 2 3 179 196 73 5th B.C. Out of playoffs
2006–07 72 40 26 4 2 245 222 86 2nd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2007–08 72 27 41 2 2 197 253 58 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2008–09 72 33 33 2 4 242 277 72 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2009–10 72 32 33 2 5 237 284 71 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2010–11 72 29 37 3 3 219 285 64 5th B.C. Out of playoffs
2011–12 72 47 20 2 3 290 211 99 1st B.C. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2012–13 72 47 20 2 3 261 180 99 2nd B.C. Lost Western Conference final
2013–14 72 14 53 2 3 175 305 33 5th B.C. Out of playoffs
2014–15 72 28 37 4 3 214 258 63 4th B.C. Out of playoffs
2015–16 72 38 25 5 4 237 218 85 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2016–17 72 42 24 2 4 243 198 90 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2017–18 72 30 37 1 4 212 237 65 4th B.C. Out of playoffs
2018–19 68 28 32 6 2 196 212 64 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ownership". Blazerhockey.com.
  2. ^ "Matt Bardsley Named Kamloops Blazers General Manager". OurSportsCentral.com. 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Kamloops Blazers Hire Serge Lajoie as Head Coach". OurSportsCentral.com. 25 June 2018.
  4. ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2019-01-21

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