Blazers relocate hockey school and training camp due to wildfire evacuees at Sandman Centre

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KAMLOOPS - With hundreds of wildfire evacuees still taking refuge in Sandman Centre the club has decided to move some of its pre-season activities to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

General Manager Stu MacGregor says after talking to City of Kamloops staff he was informed the hockey team would not be able to use their home rink for the Blazers hockey school, training camp, and potentially some exhibition games as well. As for whether the regular season will be impacted, the GM says it's too soon to tell.

"We'll just wait and see how things progress before any further decisions are made moving forward," says MacGregor. "It was just much easier to move the whole thing immediately in advance so the ice could be put in [at McArthur Island] for our hockey school and training camp. Once we get through that period of time we'll have more information to make more decisions moving forward."

What would normally be the Blazers ice surface is still home to hundreds of evacuee cots.
What would normally be the Blazers ice surface is still home to hundreds of evacuee cots.
There is no plan at this point regarding where regular season games would be played if Sandman Centre is still occupied by evacuees. MacGregor says they will play it by ear. In the past the Blazers have played at Memorial Arena when their regular home rink is not available.

The announcement comes less than a week before the Blazers hockey school gets underway on August 14. A week later on the 21st, the club's goalie camp will run for a couple days before players report for training camp on the 24th.That will be followed by the blue-white game on the 29th and the first home exhibition game September 1 when the Victoria Royals come to town.

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