MEET THE KAMLOOPS BLAZERS' OWNERS
As CEO of the largest family-owned hospitality company in Canada, Mr. Gaglardi truly knows his product inside and out. He began his career in the industry at the age of 13 serving as a busboy, and has worked in every area of the business since then.
The Gaglardi family, with strong Kamloops roots, owns Northland Properties which is the parent company to Sutton Place Hotels & Resorts, Sandman Hotels, Denny’s Restaurants of Canada, Moxie’s Restaurants, Chop Steakhouse & Bar, Shark Club Bar & Grills and other real estate and hospitality businesses. The family also owns and operates a large real estate portfolio and the world renowned Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
In addition to being a co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club, Tom was introduced as the owner of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League on November 21, 2011. Tom took over ownership of the American Hockey League's Texas Stars and the operations of their home rink, the Cedar Park Center, on December 17, 2014. Tom is the Owner & Governor of both the Kamloops Blazers and the Dallas Stars.
An active member of the community, Gaglardi founded the Sandman Harvest Foundation which has raised over $1 million for disadvantaged and medically challenged children living in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. He also serves as trustee for the PA and JM Gaglardi Senior Citizens Society, a non-profit society providing housing for seniors in Kamloops, BC and serves on the board of St. George's School in Vancouver. He founded the Josh Dyck Foundation to assist Josh with his recovery from an auto accident in October 2006, which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
Gaglardi and his wife Brittney have three sons, Charlie, Bennett, and Wilson. All three boys play competitive hockey. In addition to his own participation on his hockey team, Gaglardi enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family at their cottage on the shores of Kamloops Lake near Savona, BC.
Shane is considered by many to be one of the true leaders in the National Hockey League. The 38-year-old Halkirk, Alberta native demonstrated his leadership qualities at a very young age. He was instrumental in leading the Kamloops Blazers to back to back (1994 - 1995) Memorial Cup championships during his three year junior career. He won the Stafford Smythe Trophy as the tournament's most valuable player in 1995. On Feb. 19, 2005, Shane was part of the first group of players honoured as Blazer Legends.
Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (7th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Shane was the Jets' final first-round pick prior to the franchise moving to Phoenix. Shane has played all of his 18 NHL seasons with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise, the longest current tenure of any player with the franchise, and is the final remaining Coyote player to have worn a Jets' uniform. His best season was 2007-2008, when he led the Coyotes in scoring and in points (78). He nearly equaled that mark in the 2008-2009 season when he again led the team in goals (31) and points (73). He recorded 7 consecutive 20-goal seasons from 1999-2009,and has been the team's captain for eight seasons.
Shane scored the tie-breaking and game-winning goal for Team Canada in the finals at the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.
Shane was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2006 Olympics and was chosen to be captain of Canada's 2007 World Championship team.
Community and Personal Interests
Shane and his wife Andrea have four children Gracie, Karys, Josh and Carson. He has been quoted as saying "My favourite hobby is playing with my kids. They're so much fun!"
Shane has a number of charities which are important. Here are some of his favourites.
As a youngster, Jarome’s first love was baseball (he was the catcher on the Canadian National Junior team), but he also starred in the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association before graduating to juniors. Early on, he dreamed of one day playing both sports in the big leagues “like Bo Jackson”. He played his minor hockey career in St. Albert, before joining the Kamloops Blazers as a 16-year-old.
Jarome played three seasons in the Western Hockey League and won two Memorial Cups with the Kamloops Blazers. He was picked in the first round (11th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Jarome 's best season was 2001-2002 when he had 96 points and 52 goals - winning the regular season goal and point scoring titles. He also won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league's best player as voted by his peers, and was a nominee for both the Hart Trophy and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Jarome was also a key member of Canada's Olympic gold medal winning hockey team in 2002.
Jarome was named captain of the Calgary Flames in October 2003. In the 2003-2004 NHL season, he scored 41 goals, sharing the goal-scoring title with Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash. On May 19, 2004, Jarome scored his 10th playoff goal to help the Flames advance to their first Stanley Cup Finals in 15 years.
Jarome played in the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he was one of Team Canada's alternate captains. During the 2011-12 season, Jarome scored his 500th NHL goal and also recently ecliped 1200 career NHL points.
He was an instrumental part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Canadian Men's Hockey Team, setting up Sidney Crosby's winning goal in overtime to give Team Canada a Gold Medal.
Community and Personal Interests
Jarome also supports many charities. Among his favorites are:
Jarome and his wife Kara have three children, including their daughter Jade, son Tij and son Joe. They spend much of their summer off season in the Okanagan, enjoying time by the lake.
Born and bred in Kamloops, Mark had an outstanding junior hockey career with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. He had such a huge impact that after only two seasons, his number 8 was retired by the team shortly after he left for the NHL. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins (67th overall), first playing in the NHL in 1988, and was a key player in their Stanley Cup winning side in 1991, the first of two Stanley Cups.
Mark was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1992 and in three seasons, helped form the formidable "Crazy Eights Line", setting the Flyers single season point scoring record with 123 points in the 1992-1993 season. In all 3 seasons as a Flyer, he won the Bobby Clarke Trophy (Flyers MVP). He also won the Flyers Class Guy Award for his excellent rapport with the media. He was later traded to the Montreal Canadians, but was reacquired by the Flyers after 3 seasons. He was consistently among the team's top scorers and was a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson trophy as NHLPA MVP during the 1999-2000 season. He finished third in scoring - only 5 points behind Jaromir Jagr. During his Montreal tenure, Mark also won Gold with Canada at the 1997 Wold Championship.
In August 2004, Mark rejoined the Penguins as a free agent, signing a two-year contract with a two-way option for a third year. The first year was eventually nullified by the NHL lockout; in the second year, with the Penguins languishing at the bottom of the NHL standings, Mark waived his no-trade clause to be sent to the Stanley Cup contending Carolina Hurricanes. He won his second Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes that season, and subsequently re-signed with the Penguins during the summer off-season. He is about to enter his 19th NHL season.
In 2000, he was named "Kamloops Male Athlete of the 20th Century", and had a street - "Mark Recchi Way" - named in his honour.
Mark capped off a remarkable NHL career winning the Stanley Cup for the third time with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11.
Recchi's career NHL totals include 12th all-time in scoring with 1533 points, 19th in goals with 577, 14th in assists with 956, 4th in regular season games played with 1652.
Mark is a Player Development Coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is responsible for working with and assisting in the development of prospects in the Penguins' organization in the minor, junior and college leagues.
Community and Personal Interests
Mark has a number of charities which are important to him including:
Mark has six children, Christina, Cameron, Austin, Samantha, Isabella and Brendan.
Darryl Sydor played four stellar seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, including 1991 when he competed in the Memorial Cup, before he was selected 7th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.. He joined Los Angles during the 1991-1992 NHL season.
In 1996, Darryl was traded and became part of Dallas' big four defenseman, which also included Derian Hatcher, Sergei Zubov and Richard Matvichuk. This quartet was a major part of the Dallas Stars' successful Stanley Cup winning season in 1999. Darryl was named the Stars most improved player at the end of the 1996-1997 season. The following season, he was named a 1st team All Star. He was named to the All Star team the following year with some eye popping numbers for a defenceman - 48 points, 83 hits and 83 blocked shots. Then, during the 2000-2001 season, Darryl helped lead the Stars to their 5th straight division title, and led all team defenceman in goals.
Darryl would enjoy playing in Dallas for 7 1/2 seasons, before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2003. Midway through the season, Darryl was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightnin and as part of that squad, captured his second career Stanley Cup.
Darryl was traded back to the Dallas Stars on July 2, 2006. After the 2006-2007 season Darryl signed a contract in Pittsburgh where he played for 2 seasons before again being traded back to the Dallas Stars midway through the 2008-2009 season.
Darryl has won many championships over his career, including his two Stanley Cups and a gold medal at the World Junior Championship.
He has now retired from professional hockey and has joined the coaching ranks. Darryl started his coaching career with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League as an Assistant Coach. He is now in his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild.
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