Blazers battle cancer in effort to fill the stands
The Kamloops Blazers are aiming for a sellout as they return to Interior Saving Centre to host the Brandon Wheat Kings.
As of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Blazers had sold 3,590 tickets to the Friday, Oct. 26, game against Brandon.
Puck-drop is 7 p.m.
If ISC is sold out that night, breast-cancer research will be the winner as Blazer co-owner Mark Recchi has pledged to donate $1,000 to the cause, while Blazers Cole Cheveldave, Dylan Willick and Colin Smith will chip in $100 each.
In addition, as part of the fourth annual Kamloops Safeway Breast Cancer Night and Jersey Auction, the club will donate $1 for every fan at the game if the contest is sold out. Capacity at ISC is 5,464.
The last time ISC sold out for a Blazer game on a non-rain check night was Jan. 26, 2007, when Kamloops beat Vancouver 2-1 in a shootout.
On Friday, the Blazers will be wearing special-edition jerseys now up for auction, with bidding ending at 9 p.m. on Friday.
Proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).
Since beginning this endeavour four years ago, the Blazers have helped raise more than $30,000 for the CBCF.
For more information on the game, the auction and the plethora of other activities that will take place at ISC, visit blazerhockey.com.
The Blue and Orange is returning home following a five-game road trip to Alberta in which it went undefeated, rattling of five straight wins.
Kamloops has a nation-best record of 12-0-0-1 and is the No. 1-ranked major-junior team in Canada, while four Blazers — JC Lipon (32 points), Colin Smith (28), Tim Bozon (21) and Brendan Ranford (21 points) — are ranked among the Western Hockey League’s top five scorers.
In addition, Smith is the latest WHL player of the week, while Lipon garnered WHL and Canadian Hockey League player-of-the-week honours in the two weeks before Smith’s accolades.