Bellingham Blazers
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City: Bellingham, Washington
League: WSHL
Founded: 2012
Home Arena: Bellingham Sportsplex
Owner(s): Whatcom Sports Commission
General Manager: Lance Calloway
Head Coach: Mark Collins
Franchise history
2012–present: Bellingham Blazers

The Bellingham Blazers are an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Tier II junior ice hockey team in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). The Blazers are based in Bellingham, Washington and play home games at the Bellingham Sportsplex.[1]

From 2012 to 2016, the Blazers played in the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac/NPHL). In their first two seasons, the Blazers captured the Cascade Cup, awarded to the league playoff champions, and earned a spot in the USA National Tier III Championships. In 2013, coach Mark Collins was also awarded Coach of the Year when the Blazers won their first Cascade Cup.

In 2016, the team left the NPHL and USA Hockey-sanctioning with the intentions of joining the Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Western States Hockey League.[2]

Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Northern Pacific Hockey League
2012–13 40 22 16 1 1 204 165 46 3rd of 6, NorPac Won Semifinals, 3-0 vs. Eugene Generals
Won Finals, 3-2 vs. West Sound Warriors
CASCADE CUP CHAMPIONS
2013–14 40 35 5 0 0 230 87 70 1st of 5, NPHL
McBride Cup
Won Semifinals, 3-0 vs. Tri-City Outlaws
Won Finals, 3-2 vs. West Sound Warriors
CASCADE CUP CHAMPIONS
2014–15 42 33 7 0 2 269 91 68 2nd of 6, NPHL Won Semifinals, 3-2 vs. Wenatchee Wolves
Lost Finals, 0-3 vs. West Sound Warriors
2015–16 40 30 9 1 0 212 77 61 2nd of 6, NPHL Won Semifinals, 3-2 vs. Eugene Generals
Lost Finals, 0-3 vs. Wenatchee Wolves
Western States Hockey League
2016–17 52 15 36 1 122 221 31 6th of 7, Northwest
22nd of 27, WSHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–2 vs. Butte Cobras
2017-18 51 28 20 3 - 228 221 59 3rd of 6, Northwest Won Div Quarterfinals 2-0 vs Southern Oregon Spartans
Lost Div Semifinals 0-2 vs Tahoe Icemen
Season GP W L OW OL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
2018-19 51 34 14 0 3 281 153 105 2nd of 4, Northwest Won Div. SF 2-0 vs Southern Oregon Spartans
Won Div. Final 2-1 vs Seattle Totems
Finish 0-3-0 and eliminated in National Tournament round robin
2019-20 49 21 24 3 1 164 172 70 3rd of 5, Northwest Playoffs Cancelled

Tier III Junior Hockey National Championship[edit | edit source]

The Bellingham Blazers qualified for the Tier III Junior Hockey National Championships in 2013 and 2014 by winning their league playoff championship. The Blazers have yet to make it past the Round Robin stage of the tournament.

Round robin play in pool with top 4 teams advancing to the semifinals.

Year Round Robin Record Standing Semifinal Game Championship Game
2013 L, Twin Cities Northern Lights (MnJHL) 0-6
L, North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL) 0-7
W, New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (EmJHL) 3-2
1-2-0 3rd of 4
National Pool
Did not advance
2014 L, Flint Jr. Generals (NA3HL) 1-6
L, Northern Cyclones (EHL) 0-12
L, Springfield Pics (USPHL-Elite) 2-8
0-3-0 4th of 4
Pool B
Did not advance

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bellingham’s new junior hockey team joins Northern Pacific Hockey League", Bellingham Business Journal, August 13, 2012. Retrieved on August 14, 2012. 
  2. DAILY DISH: NPHL Done?. Junior Hockey News (April 25, 2016).

External links[edit | edit source]


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