Former players look to buy Blazers
Move over Harley Hotchkiss, Doc Seaman and Murray Edwards, here comes Jarome Iginla.
The Flames captain wants to become a co-owner, but it's his old junior club, the Kamloops Blazers, he's eyeballing. Iginla and fellow NHLers/Blazers alums Darryl Sydor, Mark Recchi and Shane Doan are part of the River City Hockey Inc. group that is looking to purchase the Western Hockey League club from a not-for-profit organization known as Kamloops Blazers Sports Society.
I'm always shocked when I go back home and see empty seats at the Riverside Coliseum; that just wasn't possible five or six years ago, even with a building that seats close to 6,000 in a city as small as the 'loops. Here's a place in the Canadian hinterland that soldout world junior games between Latvia and Slovakia.
Recchi's from Kamloops, but it's good to see Sydor, Doan and Iginla keeping their ties with the community. I know the locals will always refer to them as "their boys."