For the first time in franchise history a 2nd generation Blazer will take to the ice as 15 year-old Matt Needham will make his debut tomorrow night at home against the Prince George Cougars.
Matt's father Mike played parts of four seasons with the Blazers from 1986 to 1990 recording 243 pts.
"It's an experience for him. Certainly we will have to surround him with players to allow him to have success with him being 15," commented Head Coach Guy CharronHe will wear his father's old #14 jersey. He was the Blazers 1st round pick, 8th overall in this summer's WHL bantam draft.
"It's special for me because I've coached his dad at the World Juniors. It's very special for the organization as well," added Charron.
"He's already given himself some challenges to beat his dad's records," said a smiling Charron.
In other Blazer news, F JT Barnett has been re-assigned by the Minnesota Wild back to the Blazers. F Chase Schaber has advanced to Edmonton Oilers main camp.