Playoff History vs. Kamloops

Apr 04, 2012 - 04:08 PDT

The last time the Winterhawks met the Kamloops Blazers in the playoffs - 1995 - current Hawks players Chase De Leo, Keegan Iverson and Layne Viveiros hadn't even been born yet. Richard Zednik was Portland's leading scorer that season, while Kamloops was led by Darcy Tucker.

The Winterhawks also featured Adam Deadmarsh and Dave Scatchard, while 15-year-old Andrew Ference had a two-game callup. Current Blazers co-owners Shane Doan and Jarome Iginla were suiting up as 17-year-olds, while current Kelowna Rockets head coach Ryan Huska was also on the squad.

So, it's been a while.

But there is a very long playoff history history between the two teams. From 1982-1995 Portland and Kamloops met in nine series and one round robin round. The Hawks won four of the series, including the 1987, 1989 and 1993 West Division Finals to advance to the WHL championship series in each year. The Blazers hold a 32-24 advantage in the all-time playoff head-to-head record:

1982 West Division Semifinal (Best of Seven): Portland over Kamloops (then the Jr. Oilers) in four games
1984 West Division Final (Best of Nine): Kamloops (Jr. Oilers) over Portland in five games
1985 West Division Semifinal (Best of Nine): Kamloops over Portland in six games
1986 West Division Final (Best of Nine): Kamloops over Portland in six games
1987 West Division Final (Best of Nine): Portland over Kamloops in eight games
1989 West Division Final (Best of Nine): Portland over Kamloops in eight games
1993 West Division Final (Best of Seven): Portland over Kamloops in five games
1994 West Division Final (Best of Seven): Kamloops over Portland in six games
1995 West Division Quarterfinal Round Robin vs. Kamloops & Seattle: Teams split two games
1995 West Division Semifinal (Best of Seven): Kamloops over Portland in five