Chris Murray calls it the Forgotten Season.
When the Kamloops Blazers beat Saskatoon in the WHL final to earn a trip to Laval for the 1994 Memorial Cup, Murray, now a city firefighter, was a 19-year-old forward.
“I joke that it’s the forgotten season because it’s sandwiched in between the first win and the one at home,” he told KTW.
“The real beauty of it is we were actually rebuilding. A lot of us who were on the first team in 1992 didn’t play really big roles in the first one.”
The Blazers finished atop the WHL’s West Division and overall standings with 106 points before bouncing Seattle and Portland in subsequent divisional playoff rounds.
It then took seven games to dispatch Saskatoon to get back to the Memorial Cup.
Murray said he recalls a hostile home crowd awaiting the Blue and Orange in Laval. The Blazers beat the hosts 5-4 to open their tournament in a barn dubbed by locals “The House of Pain.”
Kamloops and Laval would face off again in the final, which the Blazers won 5-3.
“To have to play Laval again in the final in their building, it was a great run,” Murray said.
“We had a lot of high-scoring guys, but our third and fourth lines came through. The details kind of escape me, but I remember the emotion of it all. To go through it and come out on top, it was just a fantastic experience.”