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
sixth round of the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft.
Just two years ago, he was seen as their goaltender of the future. Now he is expected to play for a junior A team this season.
Kehler played in 32 games with the Blazers over the past two seasons, going 4-14-2. Last season, in 21 games, he was 3-14-2 with a 4.65 GAA and a .855 save percentage. He went into that season with a chance to be the starter, but Cole Ingram took over early in the new year and never looked back.
The Blazers will open the season with Ingram, 18, who is fresh off a stint in training camp with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and Dylan Ferguson, a freshman from Lantzville, B.C., as their goaltenders.
Ingram, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Imperial, Sask., is a list player who took charge in the second half of last season.
Ferguson, who turns 17 on Oct. 20, played the past three seasons at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder was an eighth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft.
The Blazers’ roster now is at 24 players, including eight defencemen and 14 forwards. Of those 24 players, 17 finished last season here.
One player, veteran D Ryan Rehill, 20, is with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
The Blazers open the WHL’s 50th anniversary season in Kelowna against the Rockets on Friday night. The teams will then play in Kamloops on Saturday night.