THE SEASON: The Kamloops Blazers franchise is entering their 38th season in the Western Hockey League and the 35th season as the Kamloops Blazers. The Blazers are 1-0-0-0 to start the 2018-19 WHL season.
Vs. Kelowna – This Season (10-Game Series)
Game 1: 09/21/18, vs. Kelowna 1, Kamloops 4
Game 2: 09/22/18, at Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 3: 12/28/18, vs. Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 4: 12/29/18, at Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 5: 01/05/19, vs. Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 6: 02/02/19, at Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 7: 02/09/19, vs. Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 8: 02/23/19, at Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 9: 03/08/19, vs. Kelowna, Kamloops
Game 10: 03/09/19, at Kelowna, Kamloops
Blazers are 1-0-0-0 in season series
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The Blazers roster sits at 26 players (4 goaltenders, 8 defensemen and 14 forwards). The roster includes 15 players selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, five players via trade, four players from the free agent list, and two players from the CHL Import Draft. A breakdown by region includes eight players from B.C., five from Alberta, nine from Saskatchewan, two from Manitoba, one from Finland and one from Czech Republic. There are 18 WHL veterans and eight WHL rookies.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jermaine Loewen has played 237 career games with the Blazers… he is four points shy of reaching 100 points in his WHL career… Luc Smith has played 249 career games in the WHL and is five games shy of 100 career games with the Blazers… Nolan Kneen is five games shy of reaching 200 career games with the Blazers… Dylan Ferguson has played 107 career games with the Blazers which is 11th in franchise history among all goaltenders… Connor Zary recorded 29 points with the Blazers as a 16-year-old, which is the most since Matt Needham had 34 points during the 2011-12 season as a 16-year-old.
NHL DRAFT: Dylan Ferguson (Dallas, 7th round, 194th overall – Traded to Las Vegas Golden Knights – June 26, 2017), Jermaine Loewen (Dallas, 7th round, 199th overall).
INJURY REPORT: Travis Walton, upper body, day-to-day. Man games lost due to injury – 1.
DID YOU KNOW… Head Coach Serge Lajoie is entering his first season behind the Kamloops Blazers bench and first season in the WHL… Lajoie played seven games for the Kamloops Blazers during the 1986-87 season and collected two assists… Assistant Coach Dan Kordic won a Memorial Cup with the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1988 and played 197 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers between 1991 and 1998… Forwards Zane Franklin and Kobe Mohr were acquired from Lethbridge and Edmonton over the summer… Zane Franklin and Orrin Centazzo are both from the town of Marwayne, AB with a population of 500 and are cousins… Forward Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars), defenseman Sean Strange (Colorado Avalanche), defenseman Montana Onyebuchi (Tampa Bay Lightning) and goaltender Dylan Ferguson (Las Vegas Golden Knights) attended NHL training camps this month… Dylan Ferguson has signed an NHL contract with Las Vegas.