Kamloops Blazers

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Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers Logo.svg
City Kamloops, British Columbia
League Western Hockey League
Conference Western
Division B.C.
Founded 1966
Home arena Interior Savings Centre
Colours Blue, white and orange
              
General manager Canada Craig Bonner
Head coach Canada Don Hay
Championships

1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995 WHL Champions

1992, 1994, 1995 Memorial cup champions

Website
www.blazerhockey.com
Franchise history
1966–71 Estevan Bruins
1971–81 New Westminster Bruins
1981–84 Kamloops Junior Oilers
1984–present Kamloops Blazers

The Kamloops Blazers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League based out of Kamloops, British Columbia. They play their home games at Interior Savings Centre.

History[edit]

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 moved to Kamloops in 1981 and were known as the Junior Oilers until 1984 when they were given their present name. They moved from the Kamloops Memorial Arena to the new Riverside Coliseum (since renamed to Interior Savings Centre) in 1992.

The team has won the most Memorial Cups of any team in the WHL with five cups; two as New Westminster (1977 and 1978) and three as Kamloops (1992, 1994 and 1995). The CHL record is seven cups, held by the Toronto Marlboros, who are now the Guelph Storm. In addition, since moving to Kamloops, the Blazers have missed the playoffs just twice in 30 seasons.

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

Notable coaches in the history of the Kamloops Blazers include, Ken Hitchcock, Tom Renney, Don Hay, Marc Habscheid, and Dean Evason. On May 2, 2014 the team announced Don Hay would return to his hometown for a second tenure as head coach.

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

Season-by-season record[edit]

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 6 375 202 108 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 27 35 5 5 195 264 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

WHL Championship history[edit]

Memorial cup finals history[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 31, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
11 Canada Bellerive, MattMatt Bellerive RW R 19 2014 North Vancouver, British Columbia Undrafted
19 Canada Bolduc, CarsonCarson Bolduc LW L 18 2013 Salmon Arm, British Columbia Eligible 2014
16 Canada Chyzowski, NickNick Chyzowski LW L 17 2012 Kamloops, British Columbia Eligible 2015
25 Canada Clouston, ConnorConnor Clouston D L 18 2011 Medicine Hat, Alberta Eligible 2014
27 Canada Connolly, JoshJosh Connolly D R 19 2010 Prince George, British Columbia Undrafted
33 Canada Douglas, AustinAustin Douglas D R 18 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2014
18 Canada Friesen, MitchMitch Friesen LW L 18 2011 Surrey, British Columbia Eligible 2014
3 Canada Grist, SamSam Grist (A) D L 21 2012 North Saanich, British Columbia Undrafted
29 Switzerland Harlacher, EdsonEdson Harlacher D L 18 2013 Zurich, Switzerland Eligible 2014
17 Canada Harrison, LukeLuke Harrison Injured Reserve RW R 18 2013 Westbank, British Columbia Eligible 2014
41 Canada Kehler, ColeCole Kehler G R 16 2012 Altona, Manitoba Eligible 2016
10 Canada Kornelsen, JoeJoe Kornelsen C L 21 2012 Abbotsford, British Columbia Undrafted
13 Canada Krienke, EricEric Krienke Injured Reserve LW L 18 2011 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2014
7 Canada Kryski, JakeJake Kryski C L 16 2013 Vancouver, British Columbia Eligible 2016
37 Canada Looysen, NathanNathan Looysen LW L 17 2013 Saanichton, British Columbia Eligible 2015
31 Canada Myles, JustinJustin Myles Injured Reserve G L 19 2014 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
14 Canada Needham, MattMatt Needham (CInjured Reserve C R 19 2010 Penticton, British Columbia Undrafted
22 Canada Ness, TysonTyson Ness Injured Reserve LW L 21 2013 Grand Prairie, Alberta Undrafted
30 Canada Pouliot, BoltonBolton Pouliot G L 19 2013 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
2 Canada Reagan, CameronCameron Reagan D L 17 2012 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2015
24 Canada Rehill, RyanRyan Rehill D R 18 2010 Edmonton, Alberta Eligible 2014
23 Canada Revel, MattMatt Revel C R 18 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Eligible 2014
15 Canada Shirley, CollinCollin Shirley LW L 18 2013 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2014
9 Canada Shynkaruk, JesseJesse Shynkaruk C L 18 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2014
34 Canada Sideroff, DevenDeven Sideroff RW R 17 2012 Summerland, British Columbia Eligible 2015
12 United States Souto, ChaseChase Souto (A) RW R 19 2009 Yorba Linda, California Undrafted
6 Canada Thomas, MattMatt Thomas D L 19 2013 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
21 Canada Ully, ColeCole Ully LW L 19 2010 Calgary, Alberta 2013, 131st Overall, DAL

Team records[edit]

Team Records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 113 1986–87
Most wins 56 1989–90
Most goals for 496 1986–87
Least points 33 2013–14
Least wins 14 2013–14
Least goals for 161 2004–05
Least goals against 182 2003–04
Most goals against 464 1981–82
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Len Barrie 85 1989–90
Most assists Rob Brown 136 1986–87
Most points Rob Brown 212 1986–87
Most points, rookie Mike Nottingham 91 1983–84
Most points, defenceman Greg Hawgood 133 1987–88
Best GAA (goalie) Devan Dubnyk 2.51 2003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

NHL alumni[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2014-01-31 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2005–06 WHL Guide