The Kamloops Blazers will celebrate the past with a two-day event in February featuring a music festival and visits from Blazer stars of the past.
The Kamloops Blazers Memorial Cup Anniversary celebration on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 will take place in the year of the 25th anniversary of the club’s third and last Memorial Cup win. The event will also celebrate the Blazers’ 1992 and 1994 Memorial Cup championships, along with the 1984, 1986 and 1990 WHL titles.
“The Kamloops Blazers have won the most Memorial Cups of any WHL team and we wanted to take the opportunity to commemorate it by bringing the teams back who made it all happen,” team president and COO Don Moores said.
Included in the event will be Gord Bamford and his #REDNEK Music Fest, which will feature the Up Close & Personal Preshow with former Blazer players Rob Brown and Shane Doan and erstwhile coach Ken Hitchcock. The Feb. 21 music festival will also have platinum-selling JUNO Award winner Jess Moskaluke perform, along with JoJo Mason, Eric Ethridge, Andrew Hyatt, Cory Marks, Duane Steele and GhostBoy.
Bamford’s son, Nash, was drafted by the Blazers earlier this year. Bamford played in Kamloops last summer at BCLC’s Midsummer Music Jam in Riverside Park. He also took to the ice in 2016 in the WHL’s 50th season Pro-Am Alumni Game as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations in Kamloops.
Tickets to the #REDNEK Music Fest, which start at $39.50, will go on sale to the public through Ticketmaster on Friday, Oct. 25.
On Feb. 22, Blazer alumni and guests will attend a brunch with members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52, Anavets and the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
“The Kamloops Blazers honour the military through various events throughout the year, including Military Appreciation nights,” Royal Canadian Legion branch 52 president Craig Thomson said. “The Memorial Cup is a Canadian institution dating back to 1919 in recognition of the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers in the First World War. We value our continued partnership with the Kamloops Blazers.”
Also on Feb. 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., fans are invited to a free hot stove and autograph session with Blazers alumni, including former coaches Hitchcock and Tom Renney, former general manager Bob Brown and past players, including Brown, Greg Evtushevski, Tom Greg Hawgood, Shane Doan, Scott Niedermayer and more. Fans will also be able to have their photo taken with the Memorial Cup and Digger, the Blazers’ mascot.
Feb. 22 will culminate with a game at Sandman Centre between the Blazers and the Calgary Hitmen, with a pre-game ceremony recognizing returning coaches and players. It is expected to be a sold-out game.
For more information about the event, go online to blazerhockey.com.