BLAZERS IN PG FOR TWO GAMES THIS WEEKEND
THE SEASON: The Kamloops Blazers franchise is in their 37th season in the Western Hockey League and the 34th season as the Kamloops Blazers. The hockey club record is 24-25-1-3 as they play their 54th game of the season tonight. The Blazers are 0-1-0-1 in February. The Blazers are in a stretch of playing 15 games in 25 days. Following tomorrow’s game in Prince George, the Blazers will host Edmonton Monday, be in Spokane Wednesday, and play three games in three nights on the weekend.
Vs. Prince George – This Season (10-Game Series)
Game 1: 10/04/17, vs. Prince George 6, Kamloops 2
Game 2: 10/13/17, at Prince George 1, Kamloops 4
Game 3: 10/15/17, at Prince George 1, Kamloops 4
Game 4: 11/15/17, vs. Prince George 5, Kamloops 4
Game 5: 11/25/17, vs. Prince George 3, Kamloops 4
Game 6: 02/09/18, at Prince George, Kamloops
Game 7: 02/10/18, at Prince George, Kamloops
Game 8: 02/17/18, vs. Prince George, Kamloops
Game 9: 03/16/18, vs. Prince George, Kamloops
Game 10: 03/17/18, at Prince George, Kamloops
Blazers are 3-2-0-0 in season series
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The Blazers roster sits at 22 players (2 goaltenders, 8 defensemen and 12 forwards). The roster includes 13 players selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, four players via trade, four players from the free agent list, and one player from the CHL Import Draft. The roster breakdown by region is 11 players from B.C., four from Alberta, four from Saskatchewan, two from Manitoba, and one from Switzerland. There are 14 WHL veterans and eight WHL rookies.
BY THE NUMBERS: Nick Chyzowski will move into 3rd in franchise with 325 games played tonight… he only trails CJ Stretch (341) and Brendan Ranford (348) in franchise history… Quinn Benjafield played his 200th career WHL game on October 8th vs. Seattle… Nick Chyzowski recorded his 100th career point with an assist on October 21st in Tri-City… Luc Smith played his 200th career WHL game November 3rd in Vancouver… Jermaine Loewen played his 200th WHL game on December 30th in Everett… Joe Gatenby will be playing his 299th career WHL game tonight… Joe Gatenby recorded his 100th career WHL assist on January 21st in Edmonton… Brady Reagan played his 275th WHL game on January 21st in Edmonton.
DID YOU KNOW… Don Hay is the Winningest Coach in WHL history with 744 wins; he passed Ken Hodge for 1st all-time in WHL history on January 27 vs. Portland… He is also 2nd in Blazers franchise history behind Ken Hitchcock (287) with 279 career regular season wins… Joe Gatenby was acquired from Kelowna on August 18th, 2016… Luc Smith was acquired from Regina on December 27th, 2016… Orrin Centazzo and Montana Onyebuchi were acquired from Everett on January 7th, 2018… Jackson Shepard won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August… Devan Harrison and Brodi Stuart both played playoff games with the Blazers during the 2016-17 season as call-ups… Forward Luc Smith (New York Rangers) and goaltender Dylan Ferguson (Las Vegas) attended NHL training camps in September… Dylan Ferguson has signed an NHL contract with Las Vegas.