1994-95 – A Junior Hockey Dynasty
The 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers is arguably one of the best junior hockey teams ever assembled. The Blazers were ranked the #1 team in the CHL from the beginning of the season to the end and were hosting the Memorial Cup. A terrific regular season led to another 50+ win campaign as the team won its tenth west division title in twelve seasons and their seventh Scotty Munro trophy, as the WHL’s top team, in eleven seasons. Darcy Tucker finished second in WHL scoring with 137 points. Following the round robin portion of the playoffs, the Blazers pushed aside Portland with a 4 games to 1 series victory and then ousted Tri-City 4 games to 2. This set up a WHL final with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Blazers and Wheat Kings were both secured spots in the Memorial Cup, but the Blazers wanted to go in as WHL champions. Despite losing the first two games of the series at home, the Blazers went to Brandon and won all three games. They closed out the Wheat Kings, at home, in six games for their sixth WHL championship. The Blazers went 3-0 in the round robin earning a bye to the Memorial Cup final. It was a convincing victory as the Blazers demolished the Detroit Jr. Red Wings 8-2. Shane Doan was the Memorial Cup MVP, while Jarome Iginla was the Most Sportsmanlike player. Doan, Darcy Tucker and Nolan Baumgartner were all honoured as Memorial Cup all-stars. It was a season that will be remembered by Blazer fans for many years to come.
Team Record: 52-14-6, 1st West
Playoffs: Won League Championship (4 games to 2 vs. Brandon) Won Memorial Cup
Leading Regular Season Scorer: Darcy Tucker – 64 Goals, 73 Assists, 137 Points
Leading Playoff Scorer: Darcy Tucker – 31 Points
Notable Players: Tyson Nash, Darcy Tucker, Ryan Huska, Hnat Domenichelli, Shane Doan, Nolan Baumgartner, Brad Lukowich, Jason Holland, Jarome Iginla, Jason Strudwick, Cam Severson, Rob Skrlac
(A very good book has been written about the history of the Kamloops Blazer franchise, dating all the way back to its inception in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1966. Its title is “The Seventh Man”, written by Glen Cowley. We recommend this book for any true Blazer fan…and it can be purchased at the Kamloops Blazers Corner Store.)
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