Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blazers Sign Oakes and Bell

The Kamloops Blazers have signed 16-year-old forward Devin Oakes and 17-year-old defenseman Tyler Bell to WHL education contracts following the conclusion of training camp.

Oakes, from Prince Rupert, BC played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence Midget AAA Prep team. The 6’1” 200lb forward finished last season with 24 points in 38 games. Bell, from Regina, SK, has played the past two seasons for the Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA team. Last season, the 6’2” 195lb defenseman had 5 goals, 16 assists and 21 points in 41 games.

“We would like to welcome Devin and Tyler to the Kamloops Blazers organization,” said Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi. “Devin is a big body up front that is a physical presence and performed very well in training camp. We are looking forward to watching his progression through the exhibition season. Tyler adds size and depth to our defensive core. He is a welcomed addition to our hockey club.”

The Blazers first exhibition action is this Friday, September 2nd when they host the Victoria Royals at the McArthur Island Sports Centre. Game time is 7pm and advanced tickets can be purchased at the Kamloops Blazers Box Office. Tickets are only $10.

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