Stankoven on verge of breaking Thompson Blazers' scoring record

The 15-year-old will play for the major junior Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday

For a moment it seemed Logan Stankoven had become the top scorer in Thompson Blazers’ history.

The 15-year-old Kamloops product had a six-point weekend, with his Blazers knocking off the Valley West Giants 5-1 and 9-3 in games at Sandman Centre on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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Stankoven has 63 points, including 36 goals, in 26 B.C. Major Midget League games and leads the scoring race by 20 points.

Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Riley Nash, also from Kamloops, had 60 points, including 29 goals, in 31 games in 2005-2006, his 16-year-old campaign.

A tweet from Thompson’s twitter account congratulated Stankoven on breaking Nash’s scoring record, but the Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward replied saying the club had erred.

Nash said his old teammate Alex Rodgers of Salmon Arm scored more points than him that season.

KTW has not yet found official records to prove it, but Rodgers is fairly confident he tallied 67 points for Thompson in 2005-2006, his 16-year-old campaign.

He plans to ask his mother to dig through old newspaper clippings to confirm.

“Who is this kid coming after my record?” Rodgers said with a laugh. “Just write down 87 to keep him motivated.”

Alexander Kerfoot of Vancouver racked up 108 points in 38 games for the Vancouver NW Giants in 2010-2011, the most points ever scored in a single BCMML campaign.

Kerfoot, now a Colorado Avalanche forward, had 36 goals that season.

The Blazers (16-10) are fifth in the under-18 BCMML and sit 10 points behind the league-leading Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (20-4-1-1).

Thompson is next in action on Saturday, when the Okanagan Rockets (15-8-1-2) will play host in Kelowna.

Stankoven was picked fifth overall by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Blazers nabbed Rodgers with the 251st overall pick in the 2004 bantam draft.

Rodgers played in 151 regular-season games for Kamloops, racking up 81 points, including 26 goals, before finishing his WHL career with stints in Vancouver and Prince George.

He toiled for the Alberta Golden Bears in the U Sports ranks from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013, the Hardisty Stampeders in the Battle River Hockey League in 2013-2014 and the University of Alberta Augustana in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

Nash has one goal and five points in 44 games with the Blue Jackets this season heading into a tilt against the visiting New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

The WHL’s Blazers will play host to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Tuesday and Stankoven will be in the lineup. He was called up on Tuesday morning for what will be his second WHL game.

Kamloops is 15-22-2-1 and last in the Western Conference, having lost 13 straight road games.

The Blazers, who have won six straight games on home ice, will play 19 of their remaining 28 games at Sandman Centre.

Kamloops will host the league-leading Prince Albert Raiders (37-5-0-1) on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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