Bellingham Blazers

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Bellingham Blazers
Bellingham blazers 1978-79.gif
City United States Bellingham, Washington
Canada Langley, British Columbia
League British Columbia Junior Hockey League
Operated 1972 (1972)–1985
Colours Blue, Red, and White
Franchise history
1972-1975
& 1976-1978
Bellingham Blazers
1975-1976 Maple Ridge Blazers
1978-1980 Bellingham Ice Hawks
1980-1982 Vancouver Blue Hawks
1982-1985 Burnaby Blue Hawks

The Bellingham Blazers were an American junior ice hockey team from Bellingham, Washington during the regular season and Langley, British Columbia during their 1970s playoff runs. They were members of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

History[edit]

In 1975, the Blazers, playing out of Langley, BC, won their first of two BCJHL championships. After defeating the Kelowna Buckaroos 4-games-to-2 to win the Nat Bailey Cup, the Blazers moved on to the British Columbia Jr. A Championship, the Mowat Cup, against the Coquitlam Comets of the Pacific Junior A Hockey League. The Blazers swept the PJHL champion 2-games-to-none. In the Alberta/British Columbia Championship, the Blazers fell to the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Spruce Grove Mets 4-games-to-2. After winning their two home games in Langley to start the series, the Blazers were beaten in Spruce Grove in four consecutive games to end their season.

For 1975-76, the Blazers briefly relocated to Maple Ridge. They returned to Bellingham in the summer of 1976, but the league placed an expansion team in Maple Ridge for 1976-77 to replace them.

In 1979, the Ice Hawks won the league title 4-games-straight over the Kamloops Rockets, but the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association banned them from proceeding into the national playdowns as they were playing their home games in the United States.

Season-by-Season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1972-73 60 15 43 2 - 232 358 32 4th BCJHL-C Lost Quarter-final
1973-74 64 29 35 0 - 246 251 58 2nd BCJHL-C Lost Semi-final
1974-75 66 33 32 1 - 313 251 67 3rd BCJHL-C Won League, Won MC
1975-76 66 23 41 2 - 245 349 48 7th BCJHL Lost Quarter-final
1976-77 68 27 38 3 - 311 381 57 5th BCJHL-C DNQ
1977-78 66 41 25 0 - 372 294 82 2nd BCJHL-C Lost Semi-final
1978-79 62 51 10 1 - 497 249 103 1st BCJHL-C Won League
1979-80 66 49 16 1 - 415 241 99 1st BCJHL-C Lost Quarter-final
1980-81 43 19 24 0 - 204 230 38 5th BCJHL-C Lost Quarter-final
1981-82 48 20 28 0 - 280 297 40 5th BCJHL-C DNQ
1982-83 56 29 25 2 - 319 321 60 4th BCJHL-C DNQ
1983-84 50 19 30 1 - 242 310 39 5th BCJHL-C DNQ
1984-85 52 41 10 1 - 408 273 83 1st BCJHL-C Lost Final

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