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 Sandman Centre
Colours Blue, white and orange
              
Owner(s) Tom Gaglardi (majority)[1]
Shane Doan
Jarome Iginla
Mark Recchi
Darryl Sydor
General manager Stu MacGregor
Head coach Don Hay
Championships

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

1992, 1994, 1995 Memorial cup champions

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

The Kamloops Blazers are a major junior ice hockey team currently members of the B.C. Division of the Western Conference in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team is based out of Kamloops, British Columbia, and plays their home games at the Sandman 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 then moved to Kamloops in 1981 and were 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, since renamed to the Interior Savings Centre, in 1992.

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. In addition, since moving to Kamloops, the Blazers have missed the WHL playoffs just twice in its 30-season history.

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.

Notable head 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 the Blazers' 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 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

WHL Championship history[edit]

Memorial Cup finals history[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 19, 2016.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
-- Latvia Balcers, RūdolfsRūdolfs Balcers LW L 19 2016 Liepaja, Latvia 2015, 142nd Overall, SJS
23 Canada Bast, SpencerSpencer Bast RW R 19 2012 Macklin, Saskatchewan Undrafted
22 Canada Benjafield, QuinnQuinn Benjafield RW R 18 2013 North Vancouver, British Columbia Undrafted
29 Canada Campese, MatthewMatthew Campese LW L 18 2014 Feldkirch, Austria Undrafted
16 Canada Chyzowski, NickNick Chyzowski (A) LW L 19 2012 Kamloops, British Columbia Undrafted
38 Canada Davidson, DawsonDawson Davidson D L 18 2013 Moosomin, Saskatchewan Undrafted
31 Canada Ferguson, DylanDylan Ferguson G L 17 2013 Lantzville, British Columbia Eligible 2017
-- Canada Gatenby, DannyDanny Gatenby D L 17 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2017
-- Canada Gatenby, JoeJoe Gatenby D R 19 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia Undrafted
39 Canada Ingram, ConnorConnor Ingram G R 19 2013 Imperial, Saskatchewan 2016, 88th Overall, TBL
27 Canada Kneen, NolanNolan Kneen D R 17 2014 Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2017
32 Canada Loewen, JermaineJermaine Loewen RW R 18 2013 Mandeville, Jamaica Undrafted
33 Canada McDonald, ConnerConner McDonald D R 17 2014 Delta, British Columbia Eligible 2017
11 Canada Miller, ErikErik Miller RW R 17 2014 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2017
41 Canada Pilon, GarrettGarrett Pilon C R 18 2013 Mineola, New York 2016, 87th Overall, WSH
5 Canada Reagan, CameronCameron Reagan D L 19 2012 Sherwood Park, Alberta Undrafted
10 Canada Revel, MattMatt Revel C R 20 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Undrafted
9 Canada Shepard, JacksonJackson Shepard LW L 16 2015 West Vancouver, British Columbia Eligible 2018
15 Canada Shirley, CollinCollin Shirley (A) LW L 20 2013 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Undrafted
34 Canada Sideroff, DevenDeven Sideroff (A) RW R 19 2012 Summerland, British Columbia 2015, 84th Overall, ANA
42 Czech Republic Vala, OndrejOndrej Vala D L 18 2015 Pardubice, Czech Republic Undrafted
6 Canada Valentine, DallasDallas Valentine D R 20 2015 Red Deer, Alberta Undrafted
2 Canada Zazula, LukeLuke Zazula D L 16 2015 Langley, British Columbia Eligible 2018

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. ^ "Ownership". Blazerhockey.com. 
  2. ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2016-03-01 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2005–06 WHL Guide