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Blazers open season Friday in Kelowna

September
24
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2015
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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...

WHL's 50th anniversary season opens tonight

September
23
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2015
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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...

A few stories worth watching in WHL

September
23
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2015
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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...

WHL produces list of its top 125 players

September
22
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2015
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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...

Blazers make goaltending move

September
22
,
2015
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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...

Surgery for Medicine Hat forward

September
21
,
2015
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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...

Blazers release sophomore defenceman

September
21
,
2015
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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...

NHL teams returning players to WHL

September
20
,
2015
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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...

Former WHL/NHL enforcer dies at 49

September
19
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2015
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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...

Blazers drop wild one in Prince George

September
19
,
2015
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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...