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HISTORY OF THE KAMLOOPS BLAZERS SPORTS SOCIETY


Kamloops Blazers Holdings Ltd. purchased the Kamloops Junior Oilers’ WHL Franchise from the Edmonton Oilers in 1984. Kamloops Junior Oilers Ltd was registered as a company on January 21, 1982.

Kamloops Blazers Holding Ltd. operated under the same company articles as the Junior Oilers. This was accomplished by a Special resolution for the name change. The WHL registered the Kamloops Blazers Holdings Ltd. as the owner-entity of the franchise and the company operated the team until the transfer in 1987.

Kamloops Blazers Sports Society was incorporated as a non-profit society on September 22, 1987 under the statutes of the BC Society Act. The principle constitutional purpose of the Society was “to own, manage and operate the Kamloops Junior Hockey Club and to promote amateur and Junior Hockey in and around the City of Kamloops.”

The Society purchased the franchise from Kamloops Blazers Holdings Ltd. on December 22, 1987. The Constitution was amended in 1989 to add a dissolution clause in order to receive a $100,000 loan from the City of Kamloops.

At a requisition meeting on August 23, 2007, the membership voted to accept the amended offer of August 22, 2007 from River City Hockey, Inc. to purchase the assets of the Society. The Board of Governors of the Western Hockey League approved the transfer of the franchise on October 10, 2007 and the sale closed on October 25, 2007.

In October 2008, the Kamloops Blazers Sports Foundation Directors approved the donation of its assets to the Society.

The proceeds of the sale and the contribution by the Foundation constitute the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society Legacy Fund.

Historical List of KBSS Directors 1987 - 2010
    Years
Victor Bifano   2006-07
Andy Clovechok   1988-2003
Dennis Coates   2003-2010
Gary Cooper   1987-88   2003-2007
Christine Cross   2007-10
Norm Daley   2003-05   2007-10
Colin Day   1987-2003
Jack Farley   1988-89
Rick Harris   1987-2003
Loy Hoffbeck   2000-03
Ivan Jakic   1988-89
Ross Jardine   2003-05
Derek Johnston   2006-10
Don Larsen   1987-91
Ron Maguire   2003-10
Tom Mangan   2003-06
Brendan Martin   2008-10
Frank McCrae   1988-2003
Don Moores   2006-08
Murray Owen   2005-10
Gord Patterson   2007-09
Frank Rossi   2007-10
Arne Saastad   1988-89
Norio Sakaki   2000-03
Ted Smigielski   1988-2003
Bob Smillie   1987-88    2003-07
Case van Diemen   2000-06
Walter Wende   1988-89
Rob Zimmer   2006-08


KAMLOOPS BLAZERS SPORTS SOCIETY FOUNDING MEMBERS
     
September 25/84 September 25, 1984 September 25, 1984
     
523 Group Grass, Mike Qualitiere, Wayne
Adams, Paul Harris, Gordon Radio NL
Alexandre, Ted Harrold, Craig  Rae, Jack
Anger, Bill Hartley, Gerry Reisbrecht, Abe
Artnor Holdings Headhunters Ritchie, Lorraine
Baron, Roy Hoffbeck, Loy Robertson, Grant 
Beatty, Stu Hollstedt, Jack Rossi, Frank
Becker, Bob Hoover, Don Roy, Harvey and Jackie
Begg, Ed Hunt, Noel Russell, Mike
Bepple, Oscar IJ Manufacturing Saastad, Arene
Big Brothers Jardine, Kevin Sakaki, Norio
Blackwell, Dave Johnston, Derek Sanders, Nathan
Booster Club K. Rest & Food Ser Sankey, Bill
Booth, James Kam. HC Society Sauve, Gerald
Bourque, Paul and Glenda Kerr, Dave Scherer & Turnbull
Bruno, Mike Kershaw, R & W Scholefield, KG
C. West Coach KMHA Schreiner, Roger
Cates Carroll Watts Ladies Aux KMHA Shandro, Gerald
Central Sten Ad Lagrandeur, Dean Singh, Gur
Christiansen, Ray Lambert, Francois Smigelski, Ted
Clovechok, Andy Larsen, Don Smillie, Bob
Conan, Waverly Leong, Joe Smith, Vern
Cooper, Gary Lizzi, Enzo Stephens, Jim
Cooper, Ron Lotus Enterprises Strutz, Richard
Coupal, Larry MacGillvary, Bill Stuart, Jim
Crawford, B Madiuk, Randy Stuart, Sandra
Crawford, JM Mah, Vic Sturgeon, Craig
CUPE Local 900 Martin, V & B Tetreau, George
Day, Bert Mattis, G & M Tordoff, Keith
Day, Colin May, M. J. Van Dieman, Case
Day, M. J. McConnel, Robert van Hoff, Peter
Dever, Eldon McInnes, Ray van Horlick, John
Deys, Bernie McRae, Frank W. Industrial Rel.
Don-Bar Holdings Middlemass, Ian Wallace, Tom
Dreyer, Harold Miller, Alan J Weiss, Irvin
E. Funk Electric Moffett, Ken Wende, Walter
Espig, Peter Monkman, George Westphal, G & J
Ezzard, Ken Morice, Earl Willis, Robert
Farley, Jack Necmart Enterprises Winters, Bob
Ferguson, Frances Nelson, John Yellow Quip Rentals
Ferner, Edwin Nicholson, Babs  
Fisher T&B Nielsen, Mort  
Floritto Egg Sales Nishimura, Harry 1985
Fuoco, Ray Obana, J. Banman, A
Fuoco, Reg Olsen, Gordon Juusola, Jack
Garden Court Inv. Owen, Maurice and Isabelle Westwin Realty
Gatehouse, George Owen, Murray Youwe, Clifford
Gilliland, Fred Prefontaine, Doug