Kamloops Blazers

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.

Kamloops Blazers
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 coachShaun Clouston[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

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.

History

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 appearances

Memorial Cup appearances

Coaches

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

Players

Current roster

Updated December 9, 2019.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
23 Ryley Appelt (A) LW L 19 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
14 Caedan Bankier C L 16 2018 Surrey, British Columbia Eligible 2021
2 Logan Bairos D R 16 2018 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2021
3 Inaki Baragano D R 18 2019 Lausanne, Switzerland Undrafted
34 Reese Belton C R 17 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2020
24 Ethan Brandwood D R 17 2017 Victoria, British Columbia Eligible 2020
19 Orrin Centazzo LW L 19 2018 Marwayne, Alberta Undrafted
16 Zane Franklin (C) RW R 20 2018 Marwayne, Alberta Undrafted
31 Dylan Garand G L 17 2017 Victoria, British Columbia Eligible 2020
53 Ryan Hughes C L 20 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
40 Daylan Kuefler LW L 17 2017 Stettler, Alberta Eligible 2020
22 Martin Lang RW R 18 2018 Rokycany, Czech Republic Undrafted
27 Mats Lindgren D L 15 2019 North Vancouver, British Columbia Eligible 2022
10 Max Martin D L 20 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Undrafted
5 Montana Onyebuchi (A) D R 19 2018 Dugald, Manitoba Undrafted
9 Josh Pillar C R 17 2017 Warman, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
29 Rayce Ramsay G L 18 2017 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Undrafted
25 Quinn Schmiemann D L 18 2016 Wilcox, Saskatchewan 2019, 182nd Overall, TBL
13 Matthew Seminoff RW R 15 2018 Leesburg, Virginia Eligible 2022
12 Kyrell Sopotyk LW L 18 2016 Aberdeen, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
15 Tye Spencer RW R 15 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2022
11 Logan Stankoven C R 16 2018 Kamloops, British Columbia Eligible 2021
17 Brodi Stuart (A) LW L 19 2015 Langley, British Columbia Undrafted
6 Sean Strange D L 19 2015 Saanich, British Columbia Undrafted
18 Connor Zary (A) C L 18 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020

NHL alumni

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

Season-by-season record

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

SeasonGP W L T OTLGF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
1981–827218531320464374th WestLost West Division semi-final
1982–837246260461356923rd WestLost West Division semi-final
1983–8472502204673321001st WestWon championship
1984–8572521724232931061st WestLost final
1985–8672491944492991021st WestWon championship
1986–8772551434962921131st WestLost West Division final
1987–887245261399307911st WestLost final
1988–897234335326309733rd WestLost West Division final
1989–9072561604842781121st WestWon championship
1990–9172502023852471021st WestLost West Division final
1991–9272511743512261061st WestWon championship and Memorial Cup
1992–937242282302253863rd WestLost West Division final
1993–9472501663812251061st WestWon championship and Memorial Cup
1994–9572521463752021101st WestWon championship and Memorial Cup
1995–967248222343257982nd WestLost West Division final
1996–977228377256285635th WestLost West Division quarter-final
1997–987237323234253774th WestLost West Division quarter-final
1998–99724811132981951091st WestLost final
1999–0072363051244228784th WestLost West Division quarter-final
2000–0172352872289274793rd WestLost West Division quarter-final
2001–0272382554263230851st B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2002–0372392751261222842nd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2003–0472342882192182783rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2004–0572263772161211614th B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
SeasonGP W L OTL SOLGF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
2005–0672343323179196735th B.C.Out of playoffs
2006–0772402642245222862nd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2007–0872274122197253584th B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2008–0972333324242277723rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2009–1072323325237284713rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2010–1172293733219285645th B.C.Out of playoffs
2011–1272472023290211991st B.C.Lost Western Conference semi-final
2012–1372472023261180992nd B.C.Lost Western Conference final
2013–1472145323175305335th B.C.Out of playoffs
2014–1572283743214258634th B.C.Out of playoffs
2015–1672382554237218853rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2016–1772422424243198903rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2017–1872303714212237654th B.C.Out of playoffs
2018–1968283262196212643rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final

See also

References

  1. "Ownership". Blazerhockey.com.
  2. "Matt Bardsley Named Kamloops Blazers General Manager". OurSportsCentral.com. 1 June 2018.
  3. "Kamloops Blazers Name Shaun Clouston Head Coach, Darryl Sydor Associate Coach". OurSports Central. 18 June 2019.
  4. WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2019-10-04
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