Tickets

Going to a Williams Lake Stampeders hockey game:
The Stampeders play all their home games at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The facility seats 950 fans with a total capacity of 1200, which includes standing room. Home games are usually played Friday or Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Game start times are 7:30 on Friday/Saturday evenings and 1:30 on Sunday afternoons. Tickets are sold at the door only, so get there early!

Schedule

Schedule

DateHomeTime/ResultsAway
2018-10-06 19:30:00October 6, 20187 - 3
2018-10-13 19:30:00October 13, 201816 - 6
2018-10-14 13:30:00October 14, 201815 - 4
2018-10-20 00:00:00October 20, 20183 - 13
2018-10-21 00:00:00October 21, 20183 - 5
2018-11-03 19:30:00November 3, 20185 - 7
2018-11-10 00:00:00November 10, 20187 - 8
2018-11-17 19:30:00November 17, 2018 19:30:007:30 pm
2018-11-24 00:00:00November 24, 2018 00:00:00TBD
2018-12-01 19:30:00December 1, 2018 19:30:007:30 pm
2018-12-15 00:00:00December 15, 2018 00:00:00TBD
2018-12-29 19:30:24December 29, 2018 19:30:247:30 pm
2019-01-05 19:30:00January 5, 2019 19:30:007:30 pm
2019-01-12 19:30:00January 12, 2019 19:30:007:30 pm
2019-01-13 13:30:00January 13, 2019 13:30:001:30 pm
2019-01-26 00:00:51January 26, 2019 00:00:51TBD
2019-01-27 00:00:00January 27, 2019 00:00:00TBD

Roster

For up-to-date stats on the Stampeders and other teams in the league, visit Pointstreak.

Photos

Staff

President – Kelly Kohlen
Past President – Marko Zurak
Secretary/Treasurer – Karen Gertzen
Tickets – Sherri Jaeger
Time & Scorekeepers – Linda Bond
Sponsorships & Marketing – Janna Gertzen
Sponsorships & Marketing – Chrissie Gertzen
Booster Table– Leah DeVuyst
Security– Willy DeVuyst
General Manager– Mike Yonkman
Head Coach – Dave Lauzon
Assistant Coach – Brooke Paquette
Bus – Art Rauchenberger

History

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The current version of the Williams Lake Stampeders were formed in 1996.  However, the previous incarnation of the Stampeders were the pre-eminate hockey team, and central form of entertainment in the community for more than 40 years, (1930’s to 1970’s). The first senior hockey team in Williams Lake was formed in the early 1930’s.  Tommy McDougall was the driving force behind the team from the start, and an important part of its early history.  That first senior team was initially know as the “Lakers” and later became know as the “Stampeders”

The Cariboo Hockey League was officially formed January 1936 with teams from Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Lac La Hache, Canim Lake, Soda Creek and of course, Williams Lake.  Wells also iced a team in the early years of the league.  At the time of the league formation, a new trophy know as the Waller Cup was donated for league competition, and eventually became emblematic of senior hockey supremacy in the central interior of British Columbia.  There were other trophies and cups that senior teams could challenge for in the early days of the C.H.L.  Included were the Elsley Cup, McKinley Trophy and Loop Trophy, but eventually fell by the wayside, as the Waller Cup became the trophy of champions.  Not until the 1965-1966 Waller Cup champions, Quesnel Kangaroos, did a C.H.L. club finally win the Coy Cup, which to this day is awarded to the Senior AA hockey champions of British Columbia.

The Williams Lake Stampeders first Waller Cup championship was not until 1961.  The Stamps defeated the Quesnel Kangaroos 4 games to none in the final series.  Scores in those 4 games were never in doubt as evidenced by 10-5, 12-4, 8-4 and finally 7-4 in the clinching game 4.  The Stamps were only able to win the CHL league crown on one other occasion, the 1962-1963 season. (For the first time in team history, the Stampeders finally claimed the Provincial Coy Cup with a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory  over the Powell River Regals in the 2009 Championship Tournament held in Terrace, B.C.)

The Stamps remained an integral part of the community through the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the early to mid 1960’s, crowds of 700 to 900 were common place at a Stamps home game. In 1970, for the first time in their history, the Stamps traveled north to the South Peace Hockey League to experience the competition.  The club defeated both the Hythe Mustangs and Fort St. John Flyers before returning home.  In 1974, the Stamps hosted the Polish national team and played the visiting squad to a tie. By the end of the 1970’s, ice time availability and cost, as well as diminishing attendance resulted in the Stampeders folding in 1979.  The Cariboo Hockey league continued on into the 1980’s but eventually ceased operations after the 1984-1985 season.

In 1996, the biggest sports stories of the year saw the Williams Lake Junior A Mustangs suspend operations in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. Near the same time, there was news that a group led by Bob Ferris was finalizing plans to bring the Stamps back to the city after a 17 year absence.  The Stampeders became part of a new senior hockey league know as the Central Interior Hockey League.  The Quesnel Kangaroos,  Mackenzie Moose and Fort St. James Stars were also part of the new league.

The first game the “new” Stampeders played was an exhibition home date against the Powell River Regals on October 26, 1996.  The game, played before a sold out arena of over 1,000 fans ended in a 4-4 tie.  Senior hockey was once again part of the fabric of the Williams Lake entertainment scene.   The Stamps finished that first season with a record of  9 wins and 3 losses, and met the eventual Max Cup and Coy Cup champion Fort St. James Stars.  The Stamps went down to defeat 2 games to none in the league final series.

The team has had its ups and downs since it’s revival in 1996.  At times, playing as an independent senior “AA” team, trying to schedule enough exhibition games to qualify for playoff action.  At other times, playing as a member of the C.I.H.L.  With the strengthening of the Central Interior Hockey League in recent years, the future looks very bright for senior hockey in Williams Lake, and throughout Central British Columbia.

Over the years, there have been many players who have laced up the skates for the Stamps, both local boys and out of town talent.  Many of these players have gone on to become prominent citizens in the community.  The following list of former and current players is by no means complete, but does indicate some well known Williams Lake citizens who have played for the local senior team:

1930’s – 1940’s:    Jack Moore, Wilf Moore, Roy Woodland, Wilf Hodgson, Percy Pigeon, Jack Moxon, Vic Gaspard, Ed Gaspard, Jack Renner and John Anderson,

1950’s – 1960’s:    Frank Latin, Dal Irvine, Gord Smetanuk, Reg Norberg, Doug Norberg, John Gibbon, Jack Telfer, Butch Rife, Sid Pigeon, Archie Gabor and Carl Buchholtz, (who was declared at a 1995 team reunion to be “Mr. Stampeder” for over 20 years with the squad),

1970’s:    Willie Dubray, Gary Crosina, Ron Doig, John Margetts, Ron Barkwell and Gary Duthie, (whose number was retired after his untimely death in 1975),

1996 to recent/present:    Dino Lecomte, Francis Johnson, Rob King, Josh Wolbers, Robin Gilbert, Ryan Philpotts, Ryan Fehler and Aaron Zurak, who have all been with the team since the first or second seasons.

The Stampeders have a long and storied tradition in Williams Lake, and  with continued support from both the corporate community and from you the fans, the Stampeder tradition will continue long into the future.

(Thanks to the Williams Lake Tribune , the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and  Settlers’ Effects of P.G. for the above information and photographs)

A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors!

A big thank you to all our corporate and individual sponsors who help to keep senior hockey alive and thriving in the City of Williams Lake. We ask all our fans to make a point to patronize each and every one of the sponsors on our list, and please take the time to thank them for their continued support of the Williams Lake Stampeders.

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For more information on purchasing sponsorship tailored to suit your business, please contact Janna Gertzen at janna@gertzen.ca.

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