With the opening faceoff less than a hour away at Prospera Place in Kelowna, we spoke with assistant coach Scott Ferguson prior to the Kamloops Blazers' tilt against the Kelowna Rockets. Last season, the Rockets won 14 consecutive games against Kamloops including a four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs. The streak ended on Friday, September 25 at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops where the Blazers handed the Rockets a 4-1 pasting.
Ferguson played 218 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Minnestota Wild during a 14-year professsional career that included a stint in Europe. In Kamloops, where he played junior hockey, he is now charged in part with developing the blueline brigade. He spoke about high expectations this season, the goaltending battle between Justin Leclerc and Jon Groenheyde, the depth on defence, and the significance of the win over Kelowna.