Kamloops Fires Barry Smith…

The first coaching casualty of the 2009-10 WHL season was announced this morning with the Kamloops Blazers, who had been ranked as high as 5th in the CHL Top 10 this season, released Head Coach Barry Smith.   Assistant Coach Scott Ferguson takes over as the interim Head Coach with Geoff Smith remaining on as the Assistant Coach for GM Scott Bonner.

The Blazers have played the most games in the league this season at 17, and their record sits at 8-7-2-0 for 18 points.  The record doesn’t tell the story however as the Blazers have been outscored 69-56 in their games and have been badly outshot most nights.

In the 17 games, the Blazers have given up 726 shots, an average of 42.7 per game while garnering 473 shots of their own, an average of 27.8 shots per game.

The Blazers have outshot their opponents only twice this season.

Kamloops had given up 50 or more shots in three games this season, including a season high 59 to the Portland Winterhawks on October 4th, a 4-3 OT win for Portland.  They had given up 40 or more shots in nine other games and had given up less than 30 only twice.

The Blazers had lost their last five games, being outscored 24-9 and outshot 226-102 in the five games.

The Hawks next game against the Blazers won’t be until January 13 at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops.

It appears that Radim Valchar’s time in Lethbridge is coming to a close as the Hurricanes are getting Luca Sbisa back from the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL.  Sbisa’s return gives the Canes three Euro players and Valchar hasn’t exactly been on Rich Preston’s radar recently.

I hope Radim finds a good place to play and I wish him the best of luck.

Next up, the Hawks host the Brandon Wheat Kings tomorrow night at the MC…some team with tall players is playing next door, so plan accordingly for parking and/or transit options.

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  1. Hey, we have tall players too. haha

  2. I remember when this guy was coaching in Waterloo, Iowa about 15 years ago.

    I could have told you he wouldn’t last long. Probably the least successful head coach I’ve ever seen in the game of hockey.

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