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Just FYI, the entire first round between Kamloops and Victoria will be shown on Shaw TV.

CALGARY, AB - Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, announced today that the entire first round series of the 2012 WHL Playoffs between the 2012 WHL B.C. Division Champion Kamloops Blazers (2) and the Victoria Royals (7) will be televised LIVE on SHAW and SHAW Direct Channel 299 throughout Western Canada. This is the eighth consecutive year that SHAW has provided LIVE television coverage of the WHL Playoffs.


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2011-12 regular-season record:

Kamloops: 47-20-2-3, 99pts (L10: 4-5-1-0)

Victoria: 24-41-3-4, 55pts (L10: 4-5-1-0)

2011-12 head-to-head record:

Kamloops: 7-1-0-0, 14pts

Victoria: 1-6-1-0, 3pts

2011-12 head-to-head top scorers:


JC Lipon 8gp-5g-8a-13pts

Tim Bozon 8gp-7g-4a-11pts


Logan Nelson 8gp-4g-7a-11pts

Jamie Crooks 8gp-3g-3a-6pts

The Kamloops Blazers and Victoria Royals meet up for the first ever playoff series between the B.C. Division rivals.

The Blazers enter the playoffs having enjoyed their finest regular-season performance since the 1998-99 campaign, and as B.C. Division champs for the first time since 2001-02. A well-rounded club with great offensive depth and a very solid defense corps, the Blazers are equally adept at putting the puck in the net as they are keeping it out of theirs. Brendan Ranford, Colin Smith and Tim Bozon all scored at least 35 goals and helped the Blazers to the third-best offensive output in the WHL. Offensive depth is there with Dylan Willick and Brandon Herrod among eight Blazers with 50 or more points this season. Defensively, Austin Madaisky and the Blazers’ blue liners boasted the League’s fifth-best team defense. Madaisky and Bronson Maschmeyer combined for 28 goals and 93 points from the blue line, and led the Blazers’ rearguards to a collective +113 rating. They will have to pay close attention to the Royals’ top guns like Jamie Crooks and Logan Nelson. Cole Cheveldave enjoyed a terrific rookie season in the Blazers’ net, posting 34 wins and a .909 save percentage in 55 games, and was a huge factor in the team’s success. He will be getting his first taste of the WHL playoffs this year.

The Royals won their way into the post-season, beating the high-octane Portland Winterhawks twice over their final two games to secure a post-season berth in the team’s first year on Vancouver Island. Yet, the Royals are in tough versus a Blazers team that dominated them during the regular season, outscoring them 35-19 while winning seven of eight meetings. Offensively, the Royals do have scoring punch with Jamie Crooks, Logan Nelson and Robin Soudek leading the way. However, they may be missing sparkplug Brandon Magee, which would be a blow. Defensively, the Royals surrendered the most goals of any team in the WHL this season. They will need to find another level of defensive acumen if they are to stop Kamloops’ potent offense. Goaltender Keith Hamilton appeared in 58 games this season for the Royals, and posted a 4.10 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage. He will have to better those numbers for the Royals to have any chance in the series.

Series Schedule

#1 – Victoria @ Kamloops; Friday, March 23 (7:00pm)

#2 – Victoria @ Kamloops; Saturday, March 24 (7:00pm)

#3 – Kamloops @ Victoria; Tuesday, March 27 (7:05pm)

#4 – Kamloops @ Victoria, Wednesday, March 28 (7:05pm)

#5 – Victoria @ Kamloops; Friday, March 30 (7:00pm)**

#6 – Kamloops @ Victoria; Monday, April 2 (7:05pm)**

#7 – Victoria @ Kamloops; Wednesday, April 4 (7:00pm)**

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okay so if you watch the highlights , on the first goal, There is 3 guys that bang on the glass behind the blazers celebrating, the big one with a shaved head is me! Also I got a front and center picture on the website! FAMOUS?!

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Victoria showed some good push in the third, im gonna say the royals come away with a win on tuesday, but the blazers win the next two to seal the series. With that said i hope its a sweeeeeeep.

yah, win it at home!

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