Friday, March 22, 2013

Prince Rupert's Devin Oakes on the Memorial Cup journey

Northwest hockey fans have a team to follow in this years Major junior hockey playoffs, as the Kamloops Blazers, with Prince Rupert's Devin Oakes called up for the playoff run set for their 2013 WHL Playoff debut tonight.

As we outlined on the blog last week, Kamloops moved Oakes up from their developmental team the Storm last week and he will be on the Blazers reserve roster, as they face off against the Victoria Royals tonight in Kamloops.

The first series of the WHL playoffs is just the first stage for aspiring Memorial Cup champions, there's a fair amount of hockey ahead for any Junior team that hopes to make the trip to Saskatoon in May for the Championship tournament.

Kamloops and Oakes no doubt are hoping that tonight is just the first in a long, long spring of hockey.

The schedule for the Blazers and Royals is as follows:

Friday, March 22-- Victoria at Kamloops 7 PM
Saturday, March 23-- Victoria at Kamloops 7 PM
Tuesday, March 26-- Kamloops at Victoria 7:05 PM
Thursday, March 28-- Kamloops at Victoria 7:05 PM
Saturday, March 30--Victoria at Kamloops 7 PM
Monday, April 1-- Kamloops at Victoria 7:05 PM
Wednesday, April 3-- Victoria at Kamloops 7 PM

Kamloops Website
Victoria Website

Blazer games are broadcast live on CHNL (available online here), for those wishing to tune in to see how much ice time (if any, he's currently not on the game day roster) that the local grad from PRMHA may find in the series.

A preview of tonight's series opener can be found below.

Battle Royale
Blazer brain train
Smith sticking with what works
Hicketts always has plenty of support wherever he plays
Royals lose leading scorer
Royals look for fast start against Blazers in opening round of WHL playoffs

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