THE SEASON: The Kamloops Blazers franchise in in their 38th season in the Western Hockey League and the 35th season as the Kamloops Blazers. The Blazers record is at 6-9-1-1 on the season. The Blazers are 0-3-1-0 in their last four games. The Blazers are on the road for four of their next five games. They will also be on the road for 10 of their next 14 games before the Christmas break. Following the weekend games in Prince George, the Blazers will be home for a game against Regina and then will go on the road to Tri-City and Spokane for games on November 23rd and 24th.
Vs. Prince George – This Season (10-Game Series)
Game 1: 11/17/18, at Prince George, Kamloops
Game 2: 11/18/18, at Prince George, Kamloops
Game 3: 12/30/18, vs. Prince George, Kamloops
Game 4: 01/19/19, at Prince George, Kamloops
Game 5: 01/20/19, at Prince George, Kamloops
Game 6: 02/01/19, vs. Prince George, Kamloops
Game 7: 02/22/19, vs. Prince George, Kamloops
Game 8: 02/15/19, vs. Prince George, Kamloops
Game 9: 03/16/19, at Prince George, Kamloops
Blazers are 0-0-0-0 in season series
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The Blazers roster sits at 23 players (2 goaltenders, 7 defensemen and 14 forwards). The roster includes 15 players selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, five players via trade, one player from the free agent list, and two players from the CHL Import Draft. A breakdown by region includes seven players from B.C., five from Alberta, seven from Saskatchewan, two from Manitoba, one from Finland and one from Czech Republic. There are 16 WHL veterans and seven WHL rookies.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jermaine Loewen has played 249 career games with the Blazers… he recorded his 100tb career point with the Blazers on October 26th in Seattle… Luc Smith has played 265 career games in the WHL and played his 100th career game with the Blazers on October 5th vs. Portland… Nolan Kneen played his 200th career games with the Blazers on October 5th vs. Portland… Dylan Ferguson has played 120 career games with the Blazers, which is 9th 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).
DID YOU KNOW… Head Coach Serge Lajoie is in his first season behind the Kamloops Blazers bench… 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… Goaltender Dylan Garand is competed for Canada Red at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in Saint John and Quispamsis, New Brunswick from November 4-10, 2018… 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.