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Khomenko leads Cougars to home-ice victory

September
16
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers surrendered four goals in the game’s second half as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the host Prince George Cougars on Friday night in the last WHL exhibition game for each team. The Cougars finished with a 3-3-0 record;...

Blazers sign winger from Abbotsford

September
12
,
2016
Travis Walton scored his first WHL goal on Saturday. On Monday, he signed his first WHL contract. Walton, a native of Abbotsford, joined the Kamloops Blazers in time to play in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Kelowna Rockets. He scored the...

Locals don't show much emotion or intensity

September
10
,
2016
Call it an exhibition game. Call it a preseason game. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that Don Hay wasn’t happy. The head coach of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers had just watched his team drop an ugly 6-3 decision to the Kelowna...

Exhibition rematch up next in Kamloops

September
9
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers weren’t able to solve Michael Herringer on Friday night. Herringer turned aside 23 shots in leading the host Kelowna Rockets to a 1-0 victory over the Blazers at Prospera Place. The Rockets (2-1-0) and Blazers (1-2-0)...

Surrender draft pick to get Phair from Oil Kings

September
6
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers added to their goaltending depth on Tuesday when they acquired Carter Phair from the Edmonton Oil Kings. In return, the Blazers sent a fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft to Edmonton. The 6-foot-4,...

Kamloops dumps Kelowna in exhibition game

September
5
,
2016
Forward Quinn Benjafield and defenceman Luke Zazula, two players who will be looked to for some offence this season, led the Kamloops Blazers to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Sunday night. The Blazers improved their WHL...

Palaga makes WHL debut with hometown team

September
2
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers staged a second-period comeback but it wasn’t enough as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Victoria Royals on Friday night at the Sandman Centre. It was the first exhibition game for both WHL teams. The Blazers are back...

Also sign two players, return Zary to club team

September
1
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers had a busy Thursday. They added goaltender Max Palaga to their roster, while returning forward Connor Zary, 15, to the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts. The Blazers also signed two undrafted 17-year-old list players —...

Incumbents Ingram, Ferguson last men standing

August
31
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers trimmed their roster to 30 players, including only two goaltenders, on Wednesday, one day after the WHL team held its annual intrasquad game at the Sandman Centre. There were no surprises in goal, as the roster shows starter...

Balcers, Campese, Rizzo combine for six points

August
30
,
2016
Team Blue opened the scoring 19 seconds into the first period and later scored the game’s last two goals as it skated to a 4-3 victory over Team White in the Kamloops Blazers’ annual intrasquad game on Tuesday night at the Sandman Centre...

Kamloops signs third-round bantam draft pick

August
29
,
2016
Sophomore forward Spencer Bast scored three second-half goals on Monday to lead Team Black to an 8-3 victory over Team Grey in one of three scrimmages at the Kamloops Blazers’ training camp at the Sandman Centre. Bast, a 19-year-old from...

Three scrimmages Monday; Blue vs. White on Tuesday

August
28
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers will wrap up Day 2 of their main training camp today (Tuesday), and then release about 20 players as they prepare for Tuesday’s annual Blue and White intrasquad game. On Sunday, at the Sandman Centre, the players took...

Zary, Zazula, Stuart are Saturday scoring stars

August
27
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers’ annual rookie camp wound down on Saturday at the Sandman Centre. When the WHL’s main camp opens this morning (Sunday) there were to be 60 players on hand, 35 of those held over from the two-day rookie camp. Those...

Saskatoon native scores three times in rookie camp

August
26
,
2016
Connor Zary, a 14-year-old forward from Saskatoon, scored three times in two games Friday as his Team Black opened the Kamloops Blazers’ two-day rookie camp with a pair of victories at the Sandman Centre. Zary, who will turn 15 on Sept. 25,...

Succeeds three-year captain Needham

August
24
,
2016
Veteran left-winger Collin Shirley is the newest captain of the Kamloops Blazers. The WHL team made the announcement on Wednesday. Shirley, 20, led the Blazers last season in goals (37), assists (42) and points (79) in 72 games last season while...

Ready or not, hockey season is upon us

August
21
,
2016
Well, we learned one thing about Olympic race walking on Friday: You are permitted to appeal. And you are allowed to appeal the appeal. But you can’t appeal the appeal of the appeal, and that is something that may have cost Canada a bronze...

Another WHL season is almost upon us

August
19
,
2016
Goaltenders will open the Kamloops Blazers’ training camp with an on-ice session on Tuesday, 8 a.m., at the Sandman Centre. The Blazers will hold a three-day goaltender camp under the tutelage of goaltending coach Dan De Palma and Jeff Reese,...

Kamloops acquires Gatenby gang from Kelowna

August
18
,
2016
One day after majority owner Tom Gaglardi suggested on Radio NL’s Jim Harrison Show that the Kamloops Blazers might need to add experience to their back end, general manager Stu MacGregor did just that in a deal with the Kelowna Rockets. On...

The Kid getting quite an allowance from Reds

August
14
,
2016
Steve Seibel, Kamloops’ favourite basketball referee, doesn’t get a lot of attention, which is just how he likes it. But it’s worth noting that he is in Rio working his third Olympic Summer Games. On Friday, he was on the floor as...

Did you know: Zika isn't Brazilian soccer star

August
7
,
2016
While in Montreal the other day, P.K. Subban was heard to say: “Can someone get me a beer? A good beer. Not that Molson stuff.” . . . You think he might have a chip on his shoulder as big as all outdoors? You think he might have a grand...

StFX awards scholarship to Needham

August
4
,
2016
Deven Sideroff is having quite a week. Sideroff, who is preparing for his third season with the Kamloops Blazers, is taking part in a summer evaluation camp DEVEN SIDEROFF being held by Hockey Canada for national junior team prospects. ...

Blazers' co-owner signs with Chicago Wolves

July
26
,
2016
Darryl Sydor is back in the coaching game. Sydor, one of the five owners of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, has signed as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves for 2016-17. Sydor, 44, spent the past five seasons as an assistant...

Time for sponsors to apply pressure to IOC

July
24
,
2016
If you missed it, the U.S.’s 2017 Olympic curling trials are to be held in Omaha, Neb. As Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., noted: “Officials say the event could pump as much as another $327 into the local economy.” . . ....

Duncan played for how many head coaches?

July
17
,
2016
If you are thinking about going to the 2016 Grey Cup game in Toronto in November, you better start saving right now, or make an appointment with a loans officer. Here’s Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: “I was offended to learn that my...

How good are Olympic things looking in Rio?

July
10
,
2016
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald can hardly wait for Aug. 5: “The Rio Olympics begin in one month. And, really, other than the threat of Zika virus and crime, the unfinished facilities, bacteria-riddled water, athlete withdrawals, doping...

Not enough good Will punting for Broncos

July
3
,
2016
ICYMI, Kamloops native Don Moores is back in town as the Blazers’ president, chief operating officer and alternate governor. This signals the start of a new marketing age with the local WHL franchise. Might I suggest that Moore’s first...

Shirley to play for Oilers at Young Guns tourney

June
28
,
2016
For the first time in their history, the Kamloops Blazers have selected a Latvian player in the CHL import draft. The Blazers, with the 41st selection in Tuesday’s draft, took Rudolfs Balcers, a 19-year-old forward who is from Liepaja, Latvia...

Eskimos lower cone of silence for 10 days

June
26
,
2016
Hey, TSN, as you may be aware this is Vin Scully’s last season as the man on telecasts of Los Angeles Dodgers’ home games. You also may be aware that Vin is the best ever. You also may be aware that when you pick up Dodgers’ home...

Pilon, Ingram taken with back-to-back picks

June
25
,
2016
If you blinked, you may have missed the Kamloops Blazers’ contribution to the NHL draft that was held in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday. Centre Garrett Pilon and goaltender Connor Ingram went back-to-back in the third round on Saturday. Pilon...

Hockey Canada sets stage for U-20, U-18, U-17 teams

June
20
,
2016
Goaltender Connor Ingram and right-winger Deven Sideroff of the Kamloops Blazers have taken the first step towards playing for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship. They are two of 41 players invited by Hockey Canada to take part in the...

Best-behaved sports fans are with WWE

June
19
,
2016
It’s well known that Michael Jordan loves to win and he loves to have the odds in his favour. It seems that he and Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen would bet $100 on animated bull races on the big screen during games at Chicago Stadium....

Cleveland Browns to be renamed?

June
12
,
2016
One fact about Gordie Howe’s NHL career stands out among all the rest. He had a run of 20 straight seasons in which he finished in the top five in the league’s scoring race. . . . Think about that for a moment or two. . . . Mr. Hockey...

Won third Memorial Cup in four-season span

June
8
,
2016
The 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers are among the 2016 inductees who will be honoured by the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in Vancouver today (Thursday). The Blazers won the Memorial Cup that season; it was their third championship in four years, the only time...

Sharks spending too much time chasing the game

June
5
,
2016
“Former Toronto Argos running back Ricky Williams has opened up a marijuana-friendly gym,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif.-based correspondent. “I hear it's called Acapulco Gold's Gym.” . . ....

Blazers holding camp for prospects this weekend

June
3
,
2016
The Kelowna Rockets now are the only team in the WHL’s five-team B.C. Division without a head coach. The Prince George Cougars introduced Richard Matvichuk as their head coach on Thursday, a couple of hours after the Vancouver Giants held a...

Goaltender coach De Palma going, too

May
31
,
2016
Connor Ingram is at least on Hockey Canada’s radar. Ingram had a terrific sophomore season with the Kamloops Blazers and now has been invited to Hockey Canada’s 11th annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp. The camp is scheduled...

Gretzky rookie from 1979-80 may be the one

May
29
,
2016
Have you ever owned a Wayne Gretzky rookie card? That would be an O-Pee-Chee No. 18 from 1979-80. I had one back in the day. Sold it for $99. Now comes news from goldinauctions.com that their Aug. 4 Summer Live Auction will include the only Gretzky...

NHL team won't renew contract for another season

May
23
,
2016
Darryl Sydor won’t be back for another season as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Michael Russo of the Minneapolis StarTribune, citing “multiple sources,” reported Monday that Sydor, who owns a chunk of the...

Sir Charles with piece of advice for fighters

May
22
,
2016
Jim Craig, the goaltender on the U.S.’s gold medal-winning 1980 Olympic men’s hockey team, is selling a lot of his memorabilia. “Do you believe in fire sales?” asks Torben Rolfsen, the host of The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040...

Three B.C. teams still looking for head coaches

May
19
,
2016
One piece fell into place with one of the WHL’s five B.C. Division teams on Thursday when Glen Hanlon was introduced as the Vancouver Giants’ general manager. That leaves just three empty slots, with the Giants, Kelowna Rockets and...

Cromartie able to field own CFL team now

May
15
,
2016
Starter Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets hit two homers against the host Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Dodgers hadn’t surrendered two home runs to a pitcher in one game since Lew Burdette...

Another reason not to go jogging in the morning

May
8
,
2016
The Philadelphia Eagles used the No. 2 overall selection in this year’s NFL draft to take quarterback Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. Here’s Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald: “Imagine one day you’re living in...

Kamloops adds 11 players in bantam draft

May
5
,
2016
Massimo Rizzo, a centre from Burnaby, was the first of 11 players selected by the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL’s annual bantam draft on Thursday in Calgary. The Blazers selected the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder with the 14th pick of the first round....

A Buffalo chicken wing in that Bloody Mary?

May
1
,
2016
If you aren’t aware, you should know that the KHL — that’s the Russian version of the NHL — will almost certainly have a team in Beijing when next season arrives. . . . “The New York Jets now have drafted 11...

Cougars choose to make coaching change

April
12
,
2016
The final rankings for 2015-16 are in from NHL Central Scouting and they include three members of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. These are the last rankings Central Scouting will release prior to the 2016 NHL draft, which is scheduled to be held...

Blazers defenceman to finish season in AHL

April
10
,
2016
D Ryan Rehill of the Kamloops Blazers has signed an amateur tryout (ATO) with the Albany Devils, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. RYAN REHILL New Jersey selected Rehill, 20, in the fifth round, 131st overall, in the...

Veteran mentor really 'coached up' his team

April
6
,
2016
Don Hay has been around hockey’s block a time or two. These days, at the age of 62, he is seen as the godfather of WHL coaches. Hay has more playoff victories than any head coach in WHL history and is No. 2 on the regular-season list. ...

Soustal wins game with overtime goal

April
5
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers’ 2015-16 season ended in the most painful way imaginable — on an overtime goal in Game 7. Tomas Soustal scored off a rebound at 7:07 of sudden-victory overtime on Monday night, giving the host Kelowna Rockets a 2-1...

Quinney has chance to oust former team

April
4
,
2016
There’s a reason why hockey teams don’t like to trade with teams in their division, and they certainly don’t look to make swaps with their biggest rivals. Exhibit No. 1: Centre Gage Quinney of the Kamloops Blazers. Early this...

Ingram, Quinney spark locals to victory

April
2
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers were leading 1-0 and killing a penalty when the second period began Saturday night at the Sandman Centre. Almost immediately, the Kelowna Rockets tied the score as right-winger Rod Southam scored into an empty side . . . Oh,...

Rockets push Blazers to brink of elimination

April
1
,
2016
Team captains are supposed to lead and Rodney Southam did just that on Friday night. Southam, the captain of the Kelowna Rockets, scored three times in a 4-0 victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place. The Rockets now hold a 3-2...

Game 5 scheduled for Friday in Kelowna

March
30
,
2016
You know how hypnotists work it, getting inside someone’s head to help them stop smoking? Well, something similar has happened in the WHL playoff series between the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers. Kamloops goaltender Connor Ingram has...

Home team unable to score in old barn

March
30
,
2016
Fans were lined up for blocks before the doors opened to Memorial Arena for Tuesday night’s WHL playoff game between the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers. Yes, you can bet there were a lot of relived memories on a night that was made for...

Blazers, Rockets set for Memorial Arena visit

March
28
,
2016
The WHL returns to Memorial Arena tonight (Tuesday) for the first time since the spring of 1992. This time, it’s the Kelowna Rockets and the Kamloops Blazers in Game 3 of a first-round series. It’s even, 1-1, after the visiting Blazers...

Blazers stun Rockets with two late goals

March
27
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers refused to lose Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Trailing 4-3 with 31 seconds left in the third period, the Blazers got goals from left-winger Collin Shirley and defenceman Ryan Rehill to beat the defending- ...

Johansen's two goals lead home team to victory

March
25
,
2016
The Kelowna Rockets struck for two goals 47 seconds apart in the second period and went on to beat the visiting Kamloops Blazers 3-2 at Prospera Place on Friday night. It was Game 1 of a best-of-seven first-round WHL playoff series. Game 2 is...

First-round fun starts Friday in Kelowna

March
23
,
2016
A lot has been said and written about the fact that the Kamloops Blazers are going to play a hockey game in Memorial Arena next week. At the same time, the Blazers can’t lose track of their having to play two games before Game 3 of their...

Blazers, Rockets open Friday in Kelowna

March
19
,
2016
No Connor Ingram? No problem. With Ingram, the Kamloops Blazers’ starting goaltender and most valuable player, left behind to get some rest, backup Dylan Ferguson stepped in and shut out the host Prince George Cougars, 2-0, on Saturday night...

Game 3 to be played in Memorial Arena

March
18
,
2016
They only needed one point; they got two. The Kamloops Blazers dumped the Prince George Cougars, 4-1, at the Sandman Centre on Friday night, setting up a first-round WHL playoff meeting with the Kelowna Rockets. The Blazers, who have won eight...

Blazers need one point from Cougars to finish third

March
17
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets last hooked up in a WHL playoff series in the spring of 2013. The Blazers, who missed the playoffs each of the next two seasons, swept the Rockets from that second-round series, winning 6-2 and 4-2 in...

Johnny Football doesn't merit Edsel status

March
14
,
2016
As you may have heard, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was welcomed to the White House last week by President Barack Obama. “Previously, to be invited inside the White House,” notes Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen, “a Canadian had to...

Blazers need one point for third-place finish

March
13
,
2016
A first-round WHL playoff series between the Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets is a step closer to reality after Sunday’s games. While the Blazers were idle, the Rockets, Victoria Royals and Prince George Cougars all played. The Royals...

Kryski beats Giants with shootout goal

March
12
,
2016
And so it comes down to this. . . . The Kamloops Blazers’ 72-game WHL regular season that began on Sept. 25 in Kelowna will end with a pair of games next weekend, at least one of which will be meaningful. The Blazers, you may recall, began...

Davidson's OT goal beats host Rockets

March
11
,
2016
Last weekend, the Kelowna Rockets scored only four times on 101 shots as they dropped a pair of 3-2 decisions to the Kamloops Blazers. On Friday night, the Rockets decided to do something about that, as they scored on their first shot, just 31...

Kamloops runs winning streak to five games

March
9
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday night as they beat the host Spokane Chiefs, 3-2, in Veterans Memorial Arena. The Blazers (34-25-9), who missed the playoffs each of the previous two seasons, wrapped up a post-season spot...

Revel, Quinney, Needham each score twice

March
8
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers continued their march to the WHL playoffs on Tuesday night by beating the Tri-City Americans, 6-2, at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash. The victory, sparked by two goals from each of Matt Revel, Gage Quinney and Matt...

Maybe statue of Shaq will shoot free throws

March
6
,
2016
If you happened to watch the Oscars, you may have noticed Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, decked out in a navy blue tuxedo. At the same time, his gal pal, actress Olivia Munn, was wearing an orange dress. Which led to this...

Ingram, Pilon thorns in Kelowna's side

March
5
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers put another serious dent in the Kelowna Rockets’ hopes of a fourth-straight 50-victory season on Saturday night. Centre Garrett Pilon broke a 2-2 tie with 38.9 seconds left as the Blazers beat the host Rockets, 3-2, at...

Kamloops goaltender makes 53 saves

March
5
,
2016
When the WHL’s regular season wraps up in two weeks, the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers just might look back at Friday’s game as the one that made the difference. The Rockets came into the Sandman Centre knowing that they were...

Won't play Friday against visiting Kelowna

March
3
,
2016
Centre Gage Quinney won’t get the opportunity to play against his former club tonight when his Kamloops Blazers meet the visiting Kelowna Rockets. Whether Quinney gets to play in the rematch in Kelowna on Saturday night remains to be seen. ...

Loewen's goal causes some excitement

March
2
,
2016
When this one was over, the Kamloops Blazers were toasting their penalty killers. Oh, and their goaltender. Again. The Blazers, backstopped by goaltender Connor Ingram, killed off four minor penalties in the opening half of the second period and...

Chase for playoff spots continues against Chiefs

March
1
,
2016
There was no jump in Don Hay’s step, no lilt in his voice when the Kamloops Blazers’ head coach came out of the dressing room for a post-game chat with the media on Sunday night. The Blazers had just surrendered a goal with 2:02 left in...

Spokane up next for Kamloops boys

February
28
,
2016
If you are the Seattle Thunderbirds, you want the puck on centre Mathew Barzal’s stick when the game is on the line. If you are the Kamloops Blazers, that is the last thing you want. But that’s how things unfolded Sunday night at the...

Could Rams' owner relocate St. Louis?

February
28
,
2016
You may have seen photos of Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is looking rather, shall we say, portly. Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg saw them and suggested: “Looks like Sandoval spent the off-season in Una Mas Burrito, Venezuela...

Kamloops' playoff picture still muddied

February
27
,
2016
The book that is the Kamloops Blazers’ 2015-16 WHL regular season is drawing to a close. But, like any good book, the outcome is far from certain. The Blazers, behind three goals from captain Matt Needham and more stellar goaltending from...

Kamloops now home for two weekend games

February
26
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers helped themselves on Friday night, and they also received some help. For starters, the Blazers went into Everett and beat the Silvertips, 3-2 in OT, at Xfinity Arena. Winger Deven Sideroff won DEVEN SIDEROFF it with...

Kamloops captain draws one-game suspension

February
23
,
2016
After a brief respite, the Kamloops Blazers get to do it all over again this weekend. The Blazers went 0-2-1 last weekend as they played three road games in less than 48 hours, losing 4-1 and 6-3 to the Victoria Royals and dropping a 4-3 shootout...

Kamloops erases 3-0 deficit in loss

February
21
,
2016
First, the Kamloops Blazers lost their captain. Then, they gave up the game’s first three goals. Then, they thought they had lost the game in overtime. Then, they lost the game in a shootout. Yes, it was that kind of night for the Blazers...

Kamloops moves on for date in Vancouver

February
20
,
2016
The Victoria Royals completed a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night and, in the process, moved into first place in the WHL’s overall standings. The Royals, who beat the Blazers 4-1 on Friday night, won by a...

Kamloops tied with Spokane in playoff chase

February
19
,
2016
The WHL playoff plot thickened on Friday night, at least as far as it pertains to the Kamloops Blazers. The Victoria Royals scored the game’s first four goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Blazers at the Save-On-Foods Memorial...

Kamloops just four points out of third now

February
17
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers gained some space on Wednesday night with an entertaining 5-3 WHL victory over the Red Deer Rebels at the Sandman Centre. The Blazers (27-22-8), who won their fourth straight game, now are five points ahead of the Tri-City...

Red-hot Ingram honoured as WHL goaltender of week

February
16
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers have to know they will have a tiger by the tail when they play host to the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night. The Red Deer Rebels left home on Monday and headed out on a four-game swing into the B.C. Division. They opened last...

Will guide women's team in Kamloops tourney

February
16
,
2016
Ken Klee, a former NHL player, has been named head coach of USA Hockey’s national women’s team that will play in the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Team USA is the two-time defending champion. That tournament is scheduled...

Might you be from Sasquatchewan?

February
14
,
2016
After the Toronto Blue Jays signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year deal, former teammate Brandon McCarthy tweeted his congratulations like this: “Congrats on the deal. Now you can tip your barber so he'll stop doing what he does to you...

Quinney gets OT winner on Kryski set up

February
13
,
2016
If the Kamloops Blazers didn’t end the Vancouver Giants playoff dreams on Friday night, they surely did one night later. The Blazers, who blanked the host Giants 5-0 on Friday, erased a 2-0 deficit last night at the Sandman Centre and beat...

Ingram perfect in Rehill's return

February
12
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers put a huge dent in Vancouver’s WHL playoff hopes on Friday night, getting 34 saves from goaltender Connor Ingram as they skated to a dominant 5-0 victory over the host Giants at Pacific Coliseum. The teams will complete...

Rehill expected to return to Kamloops lineup

February
11
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers are hoping that Collin Shirley is through with gripping his stick too tightly. Shirley struck for a shorthanded goal on Monday to help the Blazers snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Calgary...

Usually, it's all about Ingram's routine

February
10
,
2016
When the Kamloops Blazers board the bus and head to Vancouver on Friday for a date that evening with the Giants, goaltender Connor Ingram will be wearing the same jacket that he wore on Monday. Oh, and he’ll be wearing the same socks, too. ...

Kamloops ends four-game losing skid

February
8
,
2016
Connor Ingram should never have to buy lunch in this town again. The 18-year-old goaltender stopped 36 shots, 13 of them in the third period, as the Kamloops Blazers snuck past the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 at the Sandman Centre on Monday, stopping a...

Well-travelled Blazers blanked by Edmonton

February
6
,
2016
While the Kamloops Blazers were touring around the Pacific Northwest, wondering what they had done to anger the WHL schedule maker, the Edmonton Oil Kings were enjoying all that the City of Kamloops has to offer. After beating the host Kootenay Ice...

Kamloops hurries home to face Edmonton today

February
6
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers lost their third WHL game in four nights in the U.S. Division on Friday and, at the same time, they fell a spot in the Western Conference standings. The host Everett Silvertips scored the game’s first three goals and went...

Hockey Canada boss talks about our game

February
5
,
2016
Tom Renney, the president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada, said Friday that he would love to get most 16-year-olds out of junior hockey. For the most part, the 60-year-old native of Cranbrook said, they aren’t physiologically or...

Kamloops loses second game in two nights

February
3
,
2016
The Seattle Thunderbirds’ top line scored two goals Wednesday night but it was a goal by the fourth-line that really stung the Kamloops Blazers in a 3-1 loss at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. Keegan Kolesar, who plays on a line with...

Americans get rolling with two early goals

February
2
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers’ three-game journey into the WHL’s U.S. Division got off to a shaky start on Tuesday night. The Tri-City Americans struck for two goals in the game’s first three minutes and went on to beat the Blazers, 5-3,...

Injured Rehill not expected to play

February
1
,
2016
Coaches in most, if not all, sports talk about injured players as though they no longer are with the team. Out of sight, out of mind, if you will. But it was hard not to notice the absence of defenceman Ryan Rehill from the Kamloops Blazers’...

Uncle Cliffy morphing into Uncle Spliffy

January
31
,
2016
You may have noticed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaking with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after last Sunday’s AFC championship game. Manning told Belichick that this season “might be my last rodeo...

Kryski's late goal the diffence as Blazers triumph

January
30
,
2016
The next time you are in the Sandman Centre for a WHL game featuring the Kamloops Blazers, keep an eye on goaltender Connor Ingram. Of course, it’s hard not to when he turns in an effort like he did Saturday, his 41-save performance carrying...

Hay expresses disappointment in team's effort

January
29
,
2016
Ty Ronning, who aspires to be a professional hockey player, scored a goal on national television and in front of about 200 NHL scouts and general managers on Thursday night at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. However, he said the goal he scored...

Giants and Winterhawks are on their way

January
28
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers come off their second-longest break of the regular-season to face the visiting Vancouver Giants tonight (Friday) and the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday. The Blazers have had five days between games; they also had a five-day...

Ingram, Rehill in injury report as out week-to-week

January
26
,
2016
It is looking more and more as though the Kamloops Blazers will go into the WHL playoffs as one of the Western Conference’s two wild-card entries. As the Blazers prepare for two weekend home games, they are in possession of the...

A movie based on Baywatch? Really?

January
24
,
2016
An interesting note from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “The Seahawks — in five road playoff games under Pete Carroll kicking off at 10 a.m. Seattle time — have trailed Chicago 28-0 (third quarter), Washington 14-0 (first),...

Injured Ingram unable to play for visitors

January
23
,
2016
Now that was a lost weekend for the Kamloops Blazers. Not only did they lose two games to the host Prince George Cougars, but the Blazers also lost their starting goaltender. Connor Ingram went into the weekend doubleheader having appeared in 38...

Cougars hang nine-spot on visitors; rematch tonight

January
22
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers suffered a 9-4 loss at the hands of the host Prince George Cougars on Friday night. At game’s end, the Blazers were wondering if they also have lost Connor Ingram, their No. 1 goaltender and most JESSE GABRIELLE ...

Silvertips win it on Kamloops 'own goal'

January
20
,
2016
Connor Ingram, the Kamloops Blazers’ No. 1 goaltender, knew who was tending the goal at the other end of the Sandman Centre ice surface on Wednesday night. You bet he did. It was Carter Hart, NHL Central Scouting’s No. 1-ranked North...

Play Silvertips, then head to Prince George for two

January
19
,
2016
A playoff preview? That could be what WHL fans will see at the Sandman Centre Wednesday as the Kamloops Blazers come in off the road to entertain the Everett Silvertips. At the moment, the Silvertips (27-12-4) hold down first-place in the...

In San Francisco, it's Chip ahoy!

January
18
,
2016
NFL veteran Antonio Cromartie, these days a cornerback with the New York Jets, has 10 children. “Now comes word that his wife is expecting twins, even though Cromartie has had a vasectomy,” writes Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post....

Blazers return home to face Everett on Wednesday

January
17
,
2016
Collin Shirley’s 27th goal of this WHL season was a winner. Shirley, a 19-year-old left winger from Saskatoon, scored on a wrap-around play to break a 1-1 tie and give the Kamloops Blazers a 2-1 victory over the host Edmonton Oil Kings. This...

Kamloops wraps up trip in Edmonton on Sunday

January
15
,
2016
The WHL’s best power play ran up against the No. 1 penalty-killing unit on Friday night in Lethbridge, and it was no contest. The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored four times with the man advantage and went on to beat the Kamloops Blazers, 6-2, at...

Tigers win after trailing 5-1 in third period

January
13
,
2016
With a 5-1 lead in the first minute of the third period in the Canalta Centre on Wednesday night, the Kamloops Blazers seemed well on their way to a third straight victory on what is a five-game road trip. Instead, they gave up four straight...

Chance to move up in B.C. Division still there

January
12
,
2016
So . . . you are a follower of the Kamloops Blazers and you have a question. How is it, you wonder, that your favourite team can move from seventh to fifth in the WHL’s 10-team Western Conference, and all the while its playoff fortunes...

Swap imports with Warriors at trade deadline

January
10
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers Czech-mated their roster at Sunday’s WHL trade deadline, then they went out and completed a doubleheader sweep of the host Portland Winterhawks. Early Sunday, the Blazers announced that they had acquired forward Jiri...

Will NHLers shave beards for playoffs?

January
10
,
2016
The Associated Press chose American Pharoah’s run to the Triple Crown of horse racing as its sports story of the year. Unfortunately, the winner wasn’t available for comment. . . . “The Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year...

Campese, Benjafield end lengthy droughts

January
9
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers have been aching for what coaches refer to as secondary scoring — goals from players other than the top guns. The Blazers got just that on Saturday night as they beat the host Portland Winterhawks, 4-3, in overtime. ...

Locals off to Portland for doubleheader

January
8
,
2016
The Kamloops Blazers needed a victory on Friday night the way a man wandering the Gobi Desert needs water. Their captain and their goaltender made certain that they got it. Centre Matt Needham scored three times and goaltender Connor Ingram turned...

Cougars forward beats Blazers in shootout

January
7
,
2016
The arena now known as the Sandman Centre always will be special to right-winger Brad Morrison of the Prince George Cougars. After Wednesday night, it is even more special. That’s because Morrison’s goal in the fourth round of a...

Loewen thrilled with hockey's progress in Jamaica

January
5
,
2016
Junior hockey players often have big dreams. Then there’s Jermaine Loewen of the Kamloops Blazers, who has Olympic-sized dreams. Loewen, a 17-year-old sophomore with the Blazers, is from Arborg, Man.; at least, that’s where his family...

Kamloops resident thrilled with honour

January
4
,
2016
Murray Baron of Kamloops is among the 2016 inductees into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame made its annual announcement on Monday. Baron, 48, was born in Prince George and grew up in Kamloops, where he now resides. He played junior...

Everett erases two-goal deficit, beats Blazers

January
2
,
2016
The Everett Silvertips are stingier than Uncle Scrooge. They went into Saturday’s game against the Kamloops Blazers having allowed 2.17 goals per game, the lowest figure in the 60-team CHL. They had surrendered two or fewer goals in 25 of...

Kamloops ends three-game skid with win over Victoria

January
1
,
2016
Jermaine Loewen and the Kamloops Blazers opened 2016 by starting one streak and ending another on Friday afternoon at the Sandman Centre. Loewen, the 17-year-old sophomore left winger from Arborg, Man., via Jamaica, scored for a second straight...

Rangers sign Gropp to entry-level deal

December
31
,
2015
The New York Rangers wanted Ryan Gropp badly enough that they made a trade on draft day in order to acquire his rights. On Thursday, they signed the 19-year-old Kamloops native to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. The contract, according to...

Blazers drop third straight one-goal decision

December
30
,
2015
Ideally, the Kamloops Blazers would have returned from their Christmas break refreshed and ready to take on the world. Unfortunately for them, that isn’t the way the WHL world works. They went into the break having won five of six games on...

Play tonight and again New Year's Day

December
29
,
2015
The Victoria Royals will celebrate the New Year in Kamloops. The Kamloops Blazers would like nothing better than to ruin their party. The two WHL teams will meet tonight (Wednesday), 7 o’clock, and Friday afternoon at 2 at the Sandman Centre...

Kamloops defenceman Valentine lost for "weeks"

December
28
,
2015
For a second straight game, the Kamloops Blazers couldn’t handle left-winger Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets. Lind, a 17-year-old freshman from Shaunavon, Sask., scored three times Monday night as the Rockets beat the visiting Blazers, 3-2,...

Teams will hold rematch tonight in Little Apple

December
27
,
2015
When you’re sitting atop the WHL scoring race, you know where to go on the ice when the score is 1-1. Tyson Baillie of the Kelowna Rockets went to the net Sunday night and was the beneficiary of a terrific play by linemate Kole Lind that...

Will play three times in next four nights

December
26
,
2015
The long-awaited return of the Kamloops Blazers is upon local hockey fans. The Blazers, who last played at the Sandman Centre on Dec. 5, return from the Christmas break tonight (Sunday) to face the Kelowna Rockets. The teams will complete the...

Locals set up for interesting second half

December
23
,
2015
Were the WHL’s playoffs to begin on Sunday, rather than it being the resumption of the regular season, the Kamloops Blazers wouldn’t be on anybody’s wish list. They are 17-5-4 since opening the season with six straight losses. The...

Wondering when to do dishes on Christmas Day?

December
21
,
2015
You may have noticed that the Denver Broncos’ offence has had its struggles in recent times. As Dan Wetzel of Yahoo.com noted: “Omaha has gone back to mostly being a city in Nebraska.” . . . “Ontario is initiating supermarket...

Kamloops brings home five wins for first time

December
19
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers have made 24 trips into the WHL’s East Division on which they have played at least five games. Never had they come home with five victories. That all changed Saturday night when the Blazers closed out a six-game jaunt...

First goal with Kamloops a winner for defenceman

December
18
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers are one victory from sweeping Saskatchewan. Defenceman Dallas Valentine broke a 1-1 tie at 14:50 of the third period on Friday night to give the Blazers a 2-1 victory over the host Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place. Valentine...

Kamloops now 3-1-0 on eastern road trip

December
16
,
2015
The Saskatchewan Express ran off the tracks on Wednesday in Brandon. The Kamloops Blazers, who are 3-0-0 in three games in Saskatchewan on this road trip into the WHL’s East Division, dropped a 5-3 decision to the Brandon Wheat Kings last...

Kamloops wins third straight on Eastern swing

December
15
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers continued their rampage through the WHL’s East Division as they dumped the Regina Pats, 4-3, in the Brandt Centre on Tuesday night. The victory was the Blazers’ third in as many starts on the six-game swing that...

How about a mercy rule for 76ers' games?

December
13
,
2015
After the Saskatchewan Roughriders took Edmonton Eskimos head coach Chris Jones and signed him as vice-president of football operations, general manager and head coach, Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express wrote that Jones “didn’t...

Sideroff, Needham lead offence in 5-2 victory

December
12
,
2015
Connor Ingram, the Kamloops Blazers’ starting goaltender, is no stranger to Prince Albert. However, it’s doubtful that he made any new friends on Saturday night as he turned aside 28 shots as the Blazers, who got two power-play goals...

Blazers roll past Blades to open road swing

December
11
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers erupted for four second-period goals, with Saskatchewan natives figuring in all of them, and went on to whip the host Saskatoon Blades 6-2 on Friday night. This was the start of the Blazers’ six-game swing through the...

Third Memorial Cup-winning team to be inducted

December
10
,
2015
The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame announced Thursday that the 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers will be among its inductees in 2016. The class of 2016 features 11 individuals and one team, that being the Blazers who that season won their third Memorial Cup...

Blazers open road trip in Saskatoon on Friday

December
8
,
2015
After a whole lot of homecooking through the first part of the WHL’s regular season, the Kamloops Blazers left Tuesday on a long trek into the six-team East Division. While there, the Blazers will play six games in nine nights, beginning with...

Alligator vs. python: Who won?

December
6
,
2015
The San Diego Padres unveiled their new 2016 uniforms the other day, after which blogger Chad Picasner wrote: “It won’t help; they’ll still be recognized.” . . . At one point last week, forward John Scott of the Arizona...

Medicine Hat halts six-game skid against Blazers

December
5
,
2015
Don Hay, the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers, wasn’t at all enthralled with the checking of his team in a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Friday night. Twenty-four hours later, Hay checked his list and, well, that...

Hay unhappy with his team's checking game

December
4
,
2015
It looked for the longest time Friday night as though goaltender Connor Ingram of the Kamloops Blazers would have the last laugh, while left-winger Rihards Bukarts of the Portland Winterhawks would be left only with sore arms. However, Bukarts...

Blazers here Friday and Saturday nights

December
3
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers are preparing for their final two home-ice appearances before Christmas. The Blazers will entertain the Portland Winterhawks at the Sandman Centre tonight (Friday) and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday. After that, they...

Ice no match for locals on this night

December
1
,
2015
The WHL game had been over for about 15 minutes on Tuesday night, when the youngest coach in the league walked towards the man who is the elder statesman. “How’s it going down there?” asked Don Hay, 61, the head coach of the...

Selection camp opens Dec. 10 in Etobicoke, Ont.

December
1
,
2015
Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals is one of 11 defencemen on the roster for Hockey Canada’s national junior team selection camp that opens Dec. 10 in Etobicoke, Ont. Hicketts, who is from Kamloops, is one of three returnees from the team...

Homecoming of sorts for Kootenay head coach

November
30
,
2015
The most interesting matchup of tonight’s WHL game at the Sandman Centre may well be behind the benches. On the ice, the game will feature the Kootenay Ice going against the host Kamloops Blazers. At the benches, it will be Luke Pierce of...

Get 2018 bantam draft pick in return

November
29
,
2015
Jesse Zaharichuk, the Kamloops Blazer’s player of the month for October, was traded to the Kootenay Ice on Sunday afternoon. In return, the Blazers received a fifth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. JESSE ZAHARICHUK ...

Russell really had an amazing run on radio

November
29
,
2015
“Why didn’t the NHL have games on American Thanksgiving, even if it was just Canadian teams?” wonders Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. “Calgary and Edmonton most certainly could have played a turkey bowl.” . . ....

Beat Blazers for first time in five games

November
28
,
2015
The Prince George Cougars finally figured out the Kamloops Blazers. The Cougars got two goals and an assist from forward Jared Bethune and beat the visitors, 7-3, last night. It was Prince George’s first victory over Kamloops in five tries...

Blazers still unbeaten vs. Cougars

November
27
,
2015
For a few minutes in the third period on Friday night it looked as though the Prince George Cougars finally had solved the mystery that is the Kamloops Blazers. However, the visiting Blazers were having none of it. Kamloops erased a 3-1 deficit...

Kamloops in Prince George for doubleheader

November
26
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers will be taking part in the latest chapter of the Luke Harrison Farewell Tour tonight (Friday) in Prince George. Harrison, who began this WHL season with the Blazers, practised on Thursday with the Cougars, the fourth team with...

From penalty box to first power-play unit

November
25
,
2015
Ryan Rehill on the ice during his team’s power play? Ryan Rehill, who has been responsible for about three boatloads of opposition power plays through his first three WHL seasons? That Ryan Rehill? “It’s a little different...

Ex-coach doesn't believe in Cano

November
22
,
2015
Old friend Adam Proteau had a sweet tweet this week: “Bob Cole should be the voice of everything: your smartphone, your car’s navigation voice, the ‘all our agents are busy’ voice, etc.” Tough to argue with that idea. ....

Local WHL team hasn't lost in regulation in 10 games

November
21
,
2015
At night’s end, Don Hay was smiling. However, that hadn’t been the case for two periods of Saturday’s WHL game at the Sandman Centre. No, for a lot of the first two periods the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers was either...

Kolesar OT goal gives Thunderbirds win over Blazers

November
20
,
2015
The Seattle Thunderbirds’ slogan this season is ‘Unleash The Thunder’; at least, that’s what it reads on the side of their bus. On Friday night, they unleashed Kamloops native Ryan Gropp. Gropp scored his club’s first...

Gropp, Thunderbirds up next for Kamloops

November
19
,
2015
If you are going to be the best, you have to beat the best. That pretty much describes the situation in which the Kamloops Blazers find themselves. After starting the WHL’s regular season with six straight losses, the Blazers went on a real...

Southam's OT goal gives visitors victory

November
18
,
2015
Let’s just call the Kelowna Rockets what they are . . . 20-game winners. The Rockets scored a 4-3 overtime victory over the Kamloops Blazers in a WHL game at the Sandman Centre on Wednesday night. It was the Rockets’ 20th victory...

Kamloops could be without three veterans

November
17
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers will at least get a feeling for how much depth they have on their roster when they meet the Kelowna Rockets tonight at the Sandman Centre. The Blazers (9-8-1) could be without three veterans, with centre Matt Needham,...

Tournament scheduled to open Dec. 30

November
16
,
2015
The latest edition of the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, aka KIBIHT, is scheduled to run from Dec. 30 through Jan. 4 at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, Memorial Arena and Brock Arena. The tournament will feature 12...

Rockets next up for red-hot locals

November
16
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers’ 9-1 rout of the visiting Prince George Cougars on Sunday night may prove to have been a costly one. Three veteran players — left-winger Jake Kryski, centre Matt Needham and defenceman Dallas Valentine —...

Unit combines for 12 points in 9-1 rout

November
15
,
2015
To this point in the WHL season, whenever the Prince George Cougars and Kamloops Blazers have met, it has been like a youngster with a Rubik’s Cube on Christmas morning. The Cougars simply can’t figure out the Blazers. The line of...

Giants defensive end not pointing fingers

November
15
,
2015
What if the NFL were to put a team in Moscow? Here’s reader Tony Supan, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Deflategate will seem trivial compared to what Putin and his boys will do to win. Remember, he already has one Super Bowl ring...

Kamloops unable to hang on to late lead

November
13
,
2015
Ty Ronning had one goal and one assist in 24 games last season. On Friday night, the Vancouver forward picked up three points in fewer than six minutes — he scored twice in the last three minutes of the third period and set up the winner in...

Blazers rolling with recent acquisitions

November
12
,
2015
Two teams speeding in opposite directions are scheduled to meet tonight (Friday) in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. The Kamloops Blazers (8-8-0) have won five straight games and eight of their last 10. That includes a 2-1 victory in Vancouver...

Hay says international coaching days behind him

November
11
,
2015
Fans of the Kamloops Blazers will have to wait until Sunday to get their next look at forwards Collin Shirley and Deven Sideroff after their two-game stint with Team WHL. Shirley and Sideroff were injury additions and played key roles as Team WHL...

Brandon's Hawryluk scores late winner

November
10
,
2015
Team WHL completed a two-game sweep of Team Russia on Tuesday night at the Sandman Centre and forwards Collin Shirley and Deven Sideroff of the Kamloops Blazers played major roles. It wasn’t supposed to be that way but, hey, sometimes life...

Four points leads WHL past Russians; teams in Kamloops tonight

November
10
,
2015
In the world of sports, you often hear about someone’s misfortune being someone else’s good fortune. Before meeting a touring Russian side in Game 1 of this year’s Super Series, there was Team WHL head coach Dave Lowry on that...

Super Series hits Kamloops on Tuesday night

November
8
,
2015
Joe Hicketts is a grizzled veteran of international hockey. He captained the Canadian team at the Youth Olympics in Austria in 2011-12. He played in the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. He has played for a Canadian U-18 team. Last season, he played two...

Lidstrom was a special kind of player

November
8
,
2015
If you haven’t heard, the Chinese Communist Party has banned golf, excessive drinking and adultery. As comedy writer Alex Kaseberg notes: “In a related story, plans for the Tiger Woods Beijing Country Club have been canceled.” . . ...

Shirley, Sideroff could play against Russians

November
8
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers will be represented on the ice in the CHL Canada Russia Series, after all. Forwards Collin Shirley, 19, and Deven Sideroff, 18, were added to Team WHL’s roster on Sunday, filling spots created by injuries to a pair of...

Beat visiting Cougars for second time in 10 days

November
7
,
2015
If you had watched the Kamloops Blazers lose their first six games of this WHL regular season, you might not have expected them to get their heads above water for a long, long time. Guess what? The Blazers put a second licking in 10 days on the...

Ingram bounces back with big game

November
6
,
2015
Chalk one up to the penalty killers. The Kamloops Blazers, sparked by a penalty-killing unit that was perfect in seven attempts, beat the Vancouver Giants 2-1 at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Friday night. The Blazers’ victory was their...

Ryan set to make debut with Medicine Hat

November
5
,
2015
A third member of Kamloops’ Chyzowski family is about to play in the WHL. Ryan Chyzowski, 15, has signed with the Medicine Hat Tigers and is expected to play tonight in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. He also is expected to be in the...

Vancouver roster in state of upheaval

November
5
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers are going to see the new-look Vancouver Giants when the teams meet tonight (Friday) at Pacific Coliseum. The Giants, who have lost six straight games (0-5-1), continued their early season makeover on Thursday as they added one...

Locals erase four-goal deficit in victory

November
3
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers, according to veteran winger Collin Shirley, talk a lot about how they are “never out of the fight.” In fact, the team has adopted that expression as a motto. It proved to be true on Tuesday night at the Sandman...

Chiefs will pose latest challenge for locals

November
2
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers have discovered the joy of winning. A season that didn’t include a whole lot of fun in the early going has shown recent signs of turning around. “Winning is a good feeling,” Blazers captain Matt Needham, who...

Sir Charles no fan of Lakers

November
1
,
2015
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reports that a hunting dog stepped on a 12-gauge shotgun and shot its owner in a foot. The dog’s name? You guessed it . . . Trigger. . . . Steve Simmons, in the Toronto Sun: “The national...

Goaltending, terrific start keys to victory

October
30
,
2015
It’s almost as though the Kamloops Blazers approached the WHL’s regular season as though it was a 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. In the beginning, they tried to put too many pieces in the wrong places. But soon the pieces started to fall...

Ingram, Blazers eager to face challenge

October
29
,
2015
When you start a season the way the Kamloops Blazers have, every game is a challenge. Still, the local WHL team is facing perhaps its greatest challenge to this point in the season as it entertains the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night at the...

Helps Blazers to 6-1 victory over Cougars

October
28
,
2015
The grin said it all. Moments earlier, Kamloops Blazers forward Jermaine Loewen, playing in his 48th career WHL game, had corralled the puck near the right face-off circle in the Prince George zone and wired it past Cougars goaltender Mack Shields....

Cougars in town for game Wednesday night

October
27
,
2015
The calendar hasn’t yet turned to November, but you can’t overstate the urgency of the position in which the Kamloops Blazers find themselves. The Blazers, who are at home tonight to the Prince George Cougars, have won only three times...

Tiger top sports brand; hula hoop next?

October
25
,
2015
With the Denver Broncos having gone 27 consecutive drives without an offensive touchdown, Paul Klee of the Colorado Springs Gazette noted: “What once was a Ferrari now is a Zamboni on grass.” . . . From comedy writer Alex Kaseberg:...

Blazers beaten by Calgary's veteran goaltender

October
23
,
2015
The Calgary Hitmen had lost five of their previous six WHL games, so were badly in need of a lift when they took to the ice against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at the Sandman Centre. The visitors, who were coming off 5-2 and 5-0 beatings...

Blazers go for third win in row Friday night

October
22
,
2015
There was a sense of almost, well, giddiness outside the Kamloops Blazers’ dressing room on Wednesday night. There were smiles and chuckles emanating from players as they dealt with the media. Head coach Don Hay didn’t look quite as...

Did broken glass swing momentum in Kamloops victory?

October
21
,
2015
Maybe the Kamloops Blazers are starting to figure out this hockey thing. After opening the WHL regular season with a franchise record six straight losses, the Blazers now have won three of four games after they got past the Victoria Royals 3-2 at...

Blazers prepared to meet Royals . . . again

October
20
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers will have a quicker lineup tonight than in any of their previous three WHL games against the Victoria Royals. That’s because sophomore forward Deven Sideroff is expected to play for the first time this season. DEVEN...

Hay, Robinson to represent Blazers

October
19
,
2015
It doesn’t appear that there will be any Kamloops Blazers players on the WHL team that is to play a touring Russian side here on Nov. 10. However, there will be a Kamloops flavour to the roster. The Subway Series, an annual two-game affair,...

She really didn't want to watch the Buccaneers

October
18
,
2015
In July 2011, someone asked New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick about NFLer Chad Johnson being on social media. Belichick’s response: “I don’t Twitter, I don’t MyFace, I don’t Yearbook . . . so I’d...

Quinney leads way with three points

October
17
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers haven’t received many breaks this season, but they took advantage of one on Saturday night. Trailing the host Spokane Chiefs 1-0 in the second period, the video replay official signalled for a stoppage in play, reviewed...

Right back at it Saturday in Spokane

October
16
,
2015
The Seattle Thunderbirds managed only three shots on goal in the first 14:11 of a WHL game against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Blazers, each of the shots ended up in the back of their net and, just like that, the...

Blazers add forward, defenceman in trades

October
15
,
2015
It didn’t take long for Stu MacGregor, the new general manager of the Kamloops Blazers, to let folks know that he hasn’t given up on this season. MacGregor, who replaced Craig Bonner on Tuesday, made a trade during his first full day on...

Ingram backstops victory over Rebels

October
13
,
2015
The second Stu MacGregor era began with a bang rather than a whimper on Tuesday night at the Sandman Centre. The Kamloops Blazers, who went into the night having lost their first six games this WHL season, lit up the Red Deer Rebels for three...

Bonner resigns, MacGregor back as Blazers GM

October
13
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers went back to the future again on Tuesday with the hiring of Stu MacGregor as vice-president and general manager. MacGregor, who was the WHL team’s general manager in the late 1990s, replaces Craig Bonner, who resigned...

Hay not unhappy with play in Saturday loss

October
12
,
2015
Things aren’t about to get any easier for the Kamloops Blazers. But, then, nothing is easy for a team that has lost the first six games of its WHL season. The Blazers, at 0-6-0 the only winless team in the 22-team league, are scheduled to...

Putin puts it in basket seven times

October
12
,
2015
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees were playing on July 11 and Fox Sports was showing the game. Analyst Harold Reynolds went on at some length about how he was convinced that the Red Sox, to that point having an abysmal season, were about to...

Pleads guilty to drunk driving charge

October
12
,
2015
Darryl Sydor, a co-owner of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, will begin serving a jail sentence on Friday. Sydor, now an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, pled guilty Monday to second-degree driving while impaired. He will...

Shorthanded goal gives Victoria victory

October
10
,
2015
Heartbreak? You want to see some heartbreak? Forget about Harlequin romance novels or the first half of Hugh Grant movies. They’re nothing. Instead, come out and spend a couple of hours with the Kamloops Blazers. There’s heartbreak,...

Blazers to take on visiting Royals tonight

October
9
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers are finding that victory can be as elusive as a feather in a windstorm. The Blazers have lost their first five games this WHL season, the first time that has happened in the franchise’s 35 years. Prior to this skid, the...

Braid expected to play Saturday night

October
8
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers are searching for answers as they search for what is proving to be an elusive first victory this WHL season. The Blazers have played five games in 2015-16 and have lost them all. Their next opportunity at victory comes Saturday...

Locals still searching for first win of season

October
7
,
2015
The noise caught Evan Sarthou by surprise. At first, the Tri-City Americans goaltender couldn’t figure out what the ruckus was behind him. “The last couple of times we were here it was pretty quiet,” he said after backstopping...

Americans in town, looking for consistency

October
6
,
2015
Two teams trying hard to to get their feet on the ground early in this WHL regular season will clash Wednesday night in Kamloops. The host Blazers have lost their first four starts, the first time in the franchise’s 35-year history that has...

Sideroff skating; seven prospects on U16 rosters

October
5
,
2015
Welcome to Drinnan on Hockey. I am fortunate in that I now am writing about hockey and other stuff on two websites. Drinnan on Hockey, which will include coverage of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, will appear right here at NewsKamloops.com. ...

Ice, Broncos deal; Barzal on way to Seattle

October
4
,
2015
A note from Bill Meltzer of hockeybuzz.com: “(Philadelphia) Flyers Hall of Fame left winger Brian Propp has been released from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. The 56-year-old, who has kept himself in tremendous physical...

Mets peddling used champagne bottles, corks

October
4
,
2015
Mike Babcock is through his first exhibition season as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who finished the show-me schedule with five straight losses. As Steve Simmons wrote in the Toronto Sun: “Do you get the feeling Randy Carlyle and...

Blazers searching for elusive first victory

October
3
,
2015
Defenceman Joe Hicketts, who is from Kamloops, spun a Victoria Royals franchise record on Friday night. Hicketts drew three assists as his Victoria Royals beat the visiting Kamloops Blazers, 5-1. That leaves him with more career assists than any...

Warriors bring down visiting Hitmen

October
3
,
2015
D Joel Kwiatkowski (Tacoma/Kelowna, Prince George, 1994-98) signed a one-year contract with MoDo Örnsköldsvik (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had three goals and 10 assists in 42 games with Fribourg-Gottéron (Switzerland, NL A). ...

Ice gets Descheneau back from Blues organization

October
2
,
2015
F David Hruška (Red Deer, 1995-96) signed a one-year contract with Slavia Prague (Czech Republic, 1. Liga) after being released by Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He was pointless in six games with Karlovy Vary this season. . . ....

Soy leads Royals on home ice

October
2
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers’ season-opening WHL losing skid reached three games on Friday night as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Victoria Royals. Victoria forward Tyler Soy, who had said he didn’t play particularly well in his...

Ex-Rockets goaltender finds new home

October
1
,
2015
        D Ty Wishart (Prince George, Moose Jaw, 2004-08) signed a one-year contract with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2). Last season, with the Evansville Icemen (ECHL), he had one goal and on assist in 14...

Revel expected to return to lineup tonight

October
1
,
2015
Oct. 5/84: @blazerhockey recorded their first win and Rob Brown scored the first goal in their history #WHL50 #TBT pic.twitter.com/WgGYGpeAJi — The WHL (@TheWHL) October 1, 2015 The Kamloops Blazers expect to have veteran forward Matt...

Broncos, Americans move out 20-year-olds

September
30
,
2015
I absolutely had to take this picture. @bluejays pic.twitter.com/LFYVMy3g95 — Stephen R Brooks (@sbrooksbaseball) October 1, 2015 ——— We are a society that loves lists. If you don’t believe me, check out the...

Raiders settle on their 20-year-olds

September
29
,
2015
Changes are coming to Taking Note. Effective Thursday (Oct. 1), you will be able to find my coverage of the Western Hockey League and the Kamloops Blazers in two places. Taking Note is moving to a new host site — thecoachessite.com. If you...

Warriors waive veteran defenceman

September
28
,
2015
THIS DATE IN 1972: Paul Henderson scored the GWG late in Game 8 to clinch Canada's victory in the 1972 Summit Series. pic.twitter.com/pz342l6F7H — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 28, 2015       ...

Ranford, Ully, Smith sent to AHL

September
28
,
2015
The WHL regular season is one weekend old and already there is a sense of desperation in the camp of the Kamloops Blazers. That’s because they are 0-2-0 and looking up at six teams in the 10-team Western Conference. “We have lots of...

Hurricanes prospect undergoes surgery

September
27
,
2015
F Alexander Kuvayev (Lethbridge, Vancouver, 2010-12) has been assigned by Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Russia, KHL) to (Zauralie Kurgan (Russia, Vysshaya Liga). He was pointless in three games with Novokuznetsk. ——— It is safe to...

Jerry Jones wasn't feeling too well

September
27
,
2015
After Yogi Berra died on Tuesday night, The Associated Press sent out a news alert announcing that “Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Bear has died.” Mike McLaughlin, a lecturer at Washington State U, pointed out: “They made a...

Anderson-Dolan fills hat for Chiefs

September
27
,
2015
The Kootenay Ice has released F Connor Barley, 17, from its roster. Barley, from St. Andrews, Man., was a seventh-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. Last season, he had 38 points, including 19 goals, in 43 games with the midget AAA Winnipeg...

Pilon shows offensive touch, but lots to learn

September
26
,
2015
The hockey gods giveth and they taketh away. That sums up Garrett Pilon’s weekend. A freshman centre with the Kamloops Blazers, Pilon scored three times and added two assists through the first five periods of the WHL’s regular season....

Bow steals victory from Wheat Kings

September
25
,
2015
F Denis Tolpeko (Seattle, Regina, 2003-06) has been released by mutual agreement by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, KHL). He was pointless in five games. . . . F Jakub ?utta (Swift Current, 1998-2001) signed a one-year contract with...

Pilon gets goal, assist for visitors

September
25
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers weren’t able to spoil the Kelowna Rockets’ party on Friday night. Prior to opening the WHL’s 50th anniversary season, the Rockets raised three banners that represent their titles from last season when they...

Giants get forward from Americans

September
24
,
2015
THE OPENER: In Moose Jaw, special teams were the difference as the Warriors beat the Regina Pats, 3-1, in the opening game of the WHL’s 50th anniversary season. . . . The Warriors were 3-for-4 on the PP, while successfully killing 6 of 7...

Will wear new sweaters at home Saturday

September
24
,
2015
As Matt Needham stood at the front of the Kamloops Blazers’ boardroom on Thursday, he was having flashbacks. Slightly more than four years ago, he had been in the same room for the first time as he signed a WHL contract, donned a Blazers...

Russell won't be calling the play

September
23
,
2015
Together again. #RIPYogiBerra #Yankees pic.twitter.com/ODsoWcTZfi — Lindsay Berra (@lindsayberra) September 23, 2015 ——— The WHL’s 50th anniversary season starts tonight with the Regina Pats meeting the...

Regular season about to get started

September
23
,
2015
With the WHL’s 50th anniversary season to begin on Thursday (Sept. 24), here are a few story lines that will be worth following: 1. Is this it for the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook? In June, Ron Robison, the WHL commissioner, told Taylor Rocca...

Goaltender, 14, makes NCAA commitment

September
22
,
2015
F Dane Byers (Prince Albert, 2002-06) signed a tryout contract until Oct. 10 with Ilves Tampere (Finland, Liiga). Last season, with the Hershey Bears (AHL), he had seven goals and 12 assists in 43 games. He was the team captain. . . . The contract...

Ingram, Ferguson survive roster battle

September
22
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers are down to two goaltenders after releasing Cole Kehler from their roster on Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Kehler, who turns 18 on Dec. 17, is from Altona, Man. He was a sixth-round selection in the CONNOR...

Wheat Kings, Rockets down to two goaltenders

September
21
,
2015
F Matt Bradley of the Medicine Hat Tigers won’t be available for the immediate future. According to the Medicine Hat News, Bradley, 18, has had surgery to remove a benign tumour from his nasal cavity. . . . Bradley was a fifth-round...

Ingram back in Kamloops after stint with Red Wings

September
21
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers got their roster down to 25 players on Monday by releasing D Travis Verveda, an 18-year-old from Alix, Alta. Verveda had four assists in 28 games with the Blazers last season when he didn’t see a lot of playing time in...

Rockets faced with goaltending, 20-year-old decisions

September
20
,
2015
D Layne Viveiros (Portland, 2011-15) was assigned on loan by Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga) to Zell am See (Austria, Inter-National-League). He was pointless in one game with Salzburg this season. ——— Contrary...

Football widows look forward to Valentine's Day

September
20
,
2015
The opening weekend of the NFL season brought with it some controversy over the frequency of commercials hyping fantasy sports sites during telecasts. Frank Pallone Jr., a New Jersey congressman, wants an investigation into whether these sites are...

WHL exhibition season comes to end

September
19
,
2015
I was proud to call Todd Ewen a teammate and more importantly, a friend. Can't believe you're gone. #foreverablue — Brett Hull (@HOFBlues16) September 20, 2015 Todd Ewen, a hockey enforcer who played in the WHL with the...

Sideroff back but illness keeps him out

September
19
,
2015
Ready or not, the Kamloops Blazers will open the WHL’s 50th regular season by going home-and-home with the defending-champion Kelowna Rockets on Friday and Saturday. The Blazers concluded their exhibition season last night by dropping a wild...

Raiders acquire forward from P.G.

September
18
,
2015
The Prince George Cougars have settled their goaltending issue. They will open the season with veterans Mack Shields, 20, and Ty Edmonds, 19, on their roster, after dropping Tavin Grant, 17, from their roster on Friday. . . . Grant is expected to...

Rockets' Merkley sidelined with collarbone injury

September
17
,
2015
F Anders Lövdahl (Calgary, Moose Jaw, Lethbridge, 1999-2001) signed a two-year contract extension with Grästorp (Sweden, Division 1). Last season, with Narvik (Norway, 1. Division), he had two assists in two games. He had three goals in...

Saskatoon, Edmonton make a deal

September
16
,
2015
F Gage Ramsay, who turns 17 on Oct. 15, has left the Vancouver Giants, according to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province. Ramsay, from Saskatoon, was a third-round selection by the Giants in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Last season, he scored...

Giants' Benson out up to five weeks

September
15
,
2015
Ron Toigo, the majority owner of the Vancouver Giants, told TSN Radio Vancouver on Tuesday that he expects F Tyler Benson to be out between three and five weeks. . . . If he is out through Oct. 17, he would miss the Giants’ first 10...

Ex-Kamloops enforcer gets jail time

September
14
,
2015
F Patrik Polívka (Victoria, 2012-14) was assigned on loan by Plze? (Czech Republic, Extraliga) to Šumperk (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). Last season, with Plze?, he was 4.00/.840 in one game. With Havlí?k?v Brod (Czech Republic, 1...

Danish goaltender shines for Hitmen

September
13
,
2015
After his guys posted a 3-1 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Friday night, Kamloops Blazers head coach Don Hay was talking about how much he has been looking forward to this week. Why? Because the Blazers will get in five...

Checkmategate in chess tournament?

September
13
,
2015
Here’s Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express after the Saskatchewan Roughriders fired head coach Corey Chamblin: “Another good thing about the Chamblin firing? We won’t have to listen to goofs calling him Chamberlain on post-game...

Red Deer replacing its Arena

September
12
,
2015
The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed G Liam Hughes, a 16-year-old from Kelowna. . . . Hughes, a seventh-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, was 10-2-0, 2.08, .930 with the U16 team at the Yale Hockey Academy last seaosn. . . . The 6-foot-1,...

TSN's Button releases first rankings

September
11
,
2015
“When asked, What sport drives parents the craziest? . . . She responded — Hockey; For creating parents who show no regard for life, body parts, or fairness, and no mercy on their opponents — even when they're little kids ...

Veteran centre lost to shoulder injury

September
11
,
2015
If it was tennis, the ball would be in Cole Kehler’s court. But it’s hockey, so it’s safe to say the puck now is in Cole Kehler’s crease, Dylan Ferguson having planted it there with an emphatic exclamation mark. Ferguson and...

Broncos, Giants do a deal

September
10
,
2015
Dream come true to have signed an NHL contract today with the @NYIslanders !!! pic.twitter.com/XTA3u4YG6x — Mathew Barzal (@Barzal_97) September 10, 2015 F Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds has signed a three-year,...

Moose Jaw import expected there Friday

September
9
,
2015
F Luke Walker (Portland, 2007-10) has been released by the Graz 99ers (Austria, Erste Bank Liga) by mutual agreement. Walker signed a one-year extension with Graz in July. Last season, he had 19 goals and 12 assists in 51 games. ...

McNulty, Benjafield set to return

September
9
,
2015
In the NFL, the final week of exhibition games, with coaches reluctant to play their starters in case of injuries, is a great time for young players to make one final impression. In the WHL, that time is now. With NHL teams opening training camps...

City of Brandon to honour ex-Wheat Kings

September
8
,
2015
The Swift Current Broncos have signed a new lease for the iPlex, the city-owned facility that they call home. . . . Swift Current Online reports that it’s a five-year deal that includes the private suites “as well as a two-year...

Dom takes his final flight

September
7
,
2015
Dom's blog: His last flight http://t.co/OWa6reSfvs #dominicstrong pic.twitter.com/uHaEZJa9Y7 — Sean Rooney (@seanrooney) September 8, 2015 ——— The injury bug has taken an early bite out of the Vancouver Giants. ....

That was some Segway by Bolt

September
6
,
2015
If you’ve watched the Chicago Cubs this season, you will have noticed the youth on their roster. How young are the Cubbies? Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes: “These Cubs are so young, they think manager Joe Maddon...

Hurricanes schedule annual meeting

September
5
,
2015
D Filip Novák (Regina, 1999-2002) signed a one-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). Last season, with Dynamo Moscow (Russia, KHL), he had three goals and 11 assists in 32 games. . . . Slovan is short a defenceman after...

Two ex-WHLers appear in court

September
4
,
2015
F Zach Hamill (Everett, 2003-08) signed a two-week contract with Fribourg-Gottéron (Switzerland, NL A). Last season, with HPK Hämeenlinna (Finland, Liiga), he had 16 goals and 19 assists in 58 games. ——— The...

Home team's speed burns visitors

September
4
,
2015
In the heat of what is almost certain to be a frenzied race for playoff positions in February and March, no one will remember the WHL exhibition game that was played in the Sandman Centre on Friday night. But you can bet that, at least for one...

Everett defenceman nursing concussion

September
3
,
2015
Sincere condolences to the Rooney family on the passing of their son, Dominic. Great spirits will always stay strong. pic.twitter.com/suxOHIyBG5 — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) September 3, 2015 His parents, Trish and Sean, called him...

Price is right with Royals

September
2
,
2015
The Victoria Royals have signed F Ethan Price, 18, who played part of last season with the Portland Winterhawks. Price Ethan Price has left Portland and ended up in Victoria. left the Winterhawks during last season and went home to...

WHL will move to 3-on-3 OT

September
2
,
2015
It really wasn’t a secret — the WHL will be using five-minute 3-on-3 overtime periods in its 50th anniversary season as it attempts to cut down on the number of games that end up in shootouts. That the WHL would make this move from...

Fushimi leaves Royals for school

September
1
,
2015
F Patrik Valcák (Lethbridge, Kelowna, 2003-04) signed a one-year contract with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). Last season, he had 10 goals and 33 assists in 32 games with Cracovia Krakow (Poland, PHL), and three goals and 14...

Ingram sharp in intrasquad game

September
1
,
2015
UPDATE: After their intrasquad game, the Kamloops Blazers trimmed their roster to 29 — 15 forwards, 11 defencemen and three goaltenders. . . . That number includes three 2015 draft picks who aren’t eligible to play full-time this season...

Cougars, Royals sign skaters

August
31
,
2015
F Jeff Smith (Red Deer, 1998-2002) signed a one-year contract with Amiens (France, Ligue Magnus) after a successful tryout. Last season, in 24 games with the Braehead Clan Glasgow (Scotland, UK Elite), he had two assists. ——— ...

Concussion sidelines Larionov Jr.

August
30
,
2015
The Canadian Hockey League Players Association may not have any members, but Glenn Gumbley continues to call himself its president. It was Gumbley who lodged a complaint with the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries that ultimately...

Flush what down your toilet?

August
30
,
2015
Mercedes-Benz has purchased naming rights to the facility in Atlanta that is to be the new home of the NFL’s Falcons. It’s a 27-year deal said to be worth US$12 million a year. . . . That is believed to be a bit more than the City of...

Lots of WHL training camp notes

August
29
,
2015
F Dominik Volek (Regina, Red Deer, Vancouver, 2011-14) has been assigned by Sparta Prague (Czech Republic, Extraliga) to Benátky nad Jizerou (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). Last season, with Sparta Prague, he had three goals and six assists in...

Blades sign new lease

August
28
,
2015
Todd Holt is back in Swift Current and he‘s watching the Broncos, whose training camp roster includes his son Kaelan, an under-sized forward just like his father. But a lot has happened since Todd was putting up numbers that would leave him...

Seattle loses Alexander to NHL

August
27
,
2015
There is an ongoing development in the United States, where some, if not all, NCAA Division I hockey teams are coughing up an extra $3,400 for student/athletes on full scholarships. On Thursday, the U of North Dakota said it has started the...

Rockets' v-p helps derail jewelry heist

August
26
,
2015
F Mike Hammond (Kelowna, 2006-07) has been released by Löwen Frankfurt (Germany, DEL2) after an unsuccessful tryout. Last season, he had 15 goals and 24 assists in 27 games with Lakehead University (CIS). ——— The...

Larionov Jr. expected to join Blades

August
25
,
2015
F Oleg Saprykin (Seattle, 1998-2000) signed a one-year, one-way contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had three goals in 15 games with Sochi (Russia, KHL). ——— The Kamloops Blazers will open...

Rockets get new look for this season

August
24
,
2015
        F Taylor Vause (Swift Current, 2007-12) signed a one-year contract with Bolzano (Italy, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, he had six goals and eight assists in 41 games with the Adirondack Heat (AHL), and 20...

Who was smoking what in Montreal?

August
23
,
2015
Someone from the London Telegraph asked South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon — he wants Sepp Blatter’s job atop FIFA — about Blatter’s attempts to keep clear of the scandal that has enveloped soccer. The response:...

Pats lose MVP/top defenceman indefinitely

August
21
,
2015
F Anthony Ast (Vancouver, Medicine Hat, 2010-15) signed a one-year contract with Klostersee Grafing (Germany, Oberliga). Last season, with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL), he had four goals and two assists in 21 games. Ast holds dual Canadian-German...

Sydor due back in court Oct. 12

August
21
,
2015
Darryl Sydor, a former Kamloops Blazers defenceman who now is one of the WHL team’s five co-owners, was released from the Anoka County jail Friday afternoon and faces two impaired driving-related charges. Anoka County is the northern part of...

Will Price be right with Royals?

August
20
,
2015
F Tomáš Vincour (Edmonton, Vancouver, 2007-10) signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had one assist in seven games with the Colorado Avalanche, and he had 10 goals and 13 assists in 38 games...

Raiders in need of goal song

August
19
,
2015
F Ethan Price, 18, isn’t expected to return to the Portland Winterhawks, choosing instead to stay in the USHL where he finished last season. On Wednesday, Portland freelancer Scott Sepich tweeted: “I've been told that Ethan Price...

Intrasquad game set for Sept. 1

August
19
,
2015
Hockey fans in Kamloops wanting to get a look at the latest edition of the WHL’s Blazers will have three opportunities, starting with the annual Blue-White intrasquad game on Sept. 1. That game will be played in The Sandman Centre. The...

Silvertips get a new voice

August
18
,
2015
F David Rutherford (Vancouver, Spokane, 2004-08) signed a one-year contract with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, with the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL), he had six goals and 14 assists in 35 games; he also had eight goals and...

Howden talks about winning gold

August
16
,
2015
F Jaroslav Kristek (Tri-City, 1998-2000) signed a four-week tryout contract with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2). Last season, he had eight goals and 15 assists in 27 games with Žilina (Slovakia, Extraliga) and seven goals and six assists...

Maschmeyer has Olympics in sights

August
15
,
2015
#BWK #gold pic.twitter.com/nORd2OudTG — Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) August 15, 2015 ...

Joe Maddon as Father Time?

August
15
,
2015
OK, here’s the deal on gasoline prices, as I see it. Gasoline is a commodity. With oil somewhere below $50 a barrel, big oil is losing money. Lots of it. (Well, actually, they aren’t losing money; profits just aren’t in the...

Raiders firm up coaching staff

August
14
,
2015
          F Jeff Smith (Red Deer, 1998-2002) signed a 15-day tryout contract with Amiens (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, with the Braehead Clan Glasgow (Scotland, UK Elite), he had two assists in 24...

City name has been eliminated

August
14
,
2015
The Kamloops Blazers have revealed what they are calling “a refined logo.” The change, announced on Friday, involves dropping the word ‘Kamloops’ from the team’s primary logo. According to a news release, Daryl Reaugh,...

Hurricanes fill out coaching staff

August
13
,
2015
F Daniel Bohác (Spokane, 1998-2000) signed a one-year contract with Clermont-Ferrand (France, Division 2). Last season, with Ceské Budejovice (Czech Republic, 1. Liga), he had six goals and nine assists in 46 games. . . . F Craig...

Connolly leaving Cougars?

August
12
,
2015
F Robin Soudek (Edmonton, Chilliwack/Victoria, 2008-12) has been released by Olomouc (Czech Republic, Extraliga) after an unsuccessful tryout. He had one goal in three exhibition games. . . . F Peter Mueller (Everett, 2005-07) signed a one-year...

Team Canada 2-0 at Hlinka Memorial

August
11
,
2015
The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes have hired Doug Soetaert as their western pro scout. Soetaert, a former general manager of the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, has spent the past two seasons in Europe where he was the head scout for Red Bull Hockey...

Teenager to play in Swiss pro league

August
11
,
2015
The Auston Matthews’ saga has come to an end and, yes, Matthews, who has yet to see his 18th birthday, will play with the men in 2015-16. Matthews, from Scottsdale, Ariz., is seen by many observers as the most likely No. 1 selection in the...

Cougars, Pats make a deal

August
10
,
2015
D Jonathon Blum (Vancouver, 2005-09) signed a one-year deal with Admiral Vladivostok (Russia, KHL). Last season, Blum was pointless in four games with the Minnesota Wild (NHL) and had 12 goals and 25 assists in 66 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL). ...

Lawn darts next Olympic sport?

August
9
,
2015
The Seattle Studs, winners of the last five Kamloops International Baseball Tournaments (KIBT), have won the 81st National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. . . . The Studs, who went 6-0 in Wichita, won the title Saturday night,...

Engele retires from SPS; bad guys party

August
8
,
2015
The good news in Saskatoon is that Jerome Engele now will have more time to spend in his other role, as an assistant coach with the Blades ...

Kamloops boys playing for national lacrosse title

August
7
,
2015
Guess who's coming to Zurich? #greatnews @A_Matthews34 pic.twitter.com/xdDwnq3Ii4 — ZSC Lions (@zsclions) August 7, 2015 ———         F C.J. Stretch (Kamloops, 2005-10) signed a...

Lions slipping at the gate

August
6
,
2015
Scattershooting . . . with apologies to Blackie Sherrod: 1. You are free to wonder why WHL teams don’t maintain up-to-date rosters on their websites. What good is clicking on your favourite team’s website in early August and finding...

Tri-City captain gets pro contract

August
6
,
2015
        D Brett Carson (Moose Jaw, Calgary, 2001-06) signed a one-year contract with SaiPa Lappeenranta (Finland, Liiga). Last season, with the Vienna Capitals (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), he had nine goals and 15...

Planning on starting season in AHL

August
5
,
2015
Cole Ully earned one assist in two games with Texas, then returned home to Calgary where he had his tonsils removed. Not wanting to lose weight, Ully forced himself to eat through the pain. Four weeks later, out came his wisdom teeth. Yes, he has ...

Red Deer gets right to BU defenceman

August
5
,
2015
          The Lethbridge Hurricanes have acquired D Arvin Atwal, who turns 20 on Nov. 26, from the Vancouver Giants for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . The Prince Albert...

Calgary mourns Bracko's death

August
4
,
2015
The Brandon Wheat Kings had three players — D Kale Clague, F Tanner Kaspick and F Nolan Patrick — named to the team, which is under the guidance of head coach Stan Butler of the OHL’s North Bay Battalion. ...

Expectations high in Kelowna

August
4
,
2015
When Brad Ralph was hired in Idaho, he was the youngest head coach in Steelheads’ history. In Kelowna, he is two years older than Huska was when he was named head coach at 32. ...

Medicine Hat gets keys to facility

August
4
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2015
        D Bretton Stamler (Seattle, Edmonton, Swift Current, 2003-08) signed a one-year contract with the Augsburger Panther (Germany, DEL). Last season, he was had three assists in five games with the Gwinnett...

Takes over as Kelowna's head coach

August
4
,
2015
Brad Ralph is the new head coach of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. Ralph, 34, is a native of Ottawa, who spent 2014-15 as the head coach of the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. Following the end of his playing career, Ralph spent two seasons as...

Hanks wants word with Flores

By Gregg Drinnan
August
3
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2015
“Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize,” reports Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post. “Everyone else thinks Blatter deserves the No-Bail Prize.” . . . Have you...

Hitmen add experience to scouting staff

July
31
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2015
        F Denis Tolpeko (Seattle, Regina, 2003-06) was traded by Salevat Yulaev Ufa to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (both Russia, KHL) for 2016 second- and third-round picks in the KHL Junior Draft. Last season, with...

Bobylev plays for Spartak

July
30
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2015
        F Chris Bruton (Spokane, 2004-08) signed a one-year contract with the Braehead Clan Glasgow (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, he had two goals and two assists in 52 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins...

Blades, Royals cut a deal

July
29
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2015
          F Luke Walker (Portland, 2007-10) signed a one-year extension with the Graz 99ers (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, in 51 games, he had 19 goals and 12 assists. He led the team in goals...

Winterhawks sign two key forwards

July
27
,
2015
I have heard from an amazing number of people since Friday night when word got out that the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame had honoured me with its Bernie Pascall Media Award. Friends and acquaintances have contacted me via Twitter, email, Facebook,...

WHL players turning to cheerleading?

July
26
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2015
“Tiger Woods said he still has his sights on Nicklaus’ record 18 majors,” RJ Currie writes. “It was so inspiring, I mailed another marriage proposal to Anne Hathaway.” ...

Some coaching news, too

July
23
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2015
Shawn Belle’s playing career over. Belle, a smooth-skating defenceman with the Regina Pats and Tri-City Americans (2001-05), has retired and signed on as an assistant coach with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. Belle, a ...

Blades have company

July
21
,
2015
The WHL’s Saskatoon Blades have company in the SaskTel Centre, what with the National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush having relocated and morphed into the Saskatchewan Rush. ...

3-on-3 coming to WHL?

July
20
,
2015
Bruce Hamilton, the president and general manager of the Kelowna Rockets continues to go through the process of hiring a head coach to replace the one-and-done Dan Lambert. ...

CBC is an easy target

July
20
,
2015
The WHL hasn’t announced it yet, but you can bet it will be going to 3-on-3 overtime in the upcoming season. Why? Because it mirrors the NHL, that’s why. ...

Bassin's run ends in Erie

July
19
,
2015
F Gilbert Brule (Vancouver, 2002-06) signed a one-year contract with Medveš?ak Zagreb (Croatia, KHL). Last season, with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Russia, KHL), he had 10 goals and five assists in 44 games. ...

Studs own KIBT

July
19
,
2015
“You know this year's all-star game was the first without a starter from the Red Sox or Yankees since 1945,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “That's almost the last year the U.S. presidential election ...

Pats sign two draft picks

July
16
,
2015
Former WHL/NHL G Bill Ranford (New Westminster, 1983-86) will be one of the inductees into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame when the 38th annual induction ceremony is held Nov. 15 at Winnipeg’s Victoria Inn. Ranford, a native of Brandon, is a ...

New cause of tennis elbow

By Gregg Drinnan
July
15
,
2015
One more from the gang at Fark.com: Eugenie Bouchard’s black bra runs afoul of Wimbledon’s dress code / Moaning, grunting, shrieking all still OK. ...

Everett GM gets extension . . . Hitmen hire assistant coach . . . Americans add goalie coach

July
15
,
2015
D Matt Delahey (Regina, Chilliwack, 2004-10) signed a one-year contract with the Fife Flyers (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, with the University of Saskatchewan (CIS), he had a goal and seven assists in 22 games. He was a CIS West second-team ...