By GREGG DRINNAN
Daily News Sports Editor
The Kamloops Blazers had a new player on the ice for Thursday’s practice at Memorial Arena.
Chad Brownlee (pictured below), who opened for country star Dierks Bentley at Interior Savings Centre last night, skated with the WHL’s top team.
“Yeah,” Blazers head coach Guy Charron said of Brownlee, “he’s good. I told him if he was of age I think we’d sign him.”
Brownlee, 27, is a native of Kelowna. He played for the Minnesota State Mavericks and was good enough to be selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2003 draft.
However, his hockey career was curtailed by shoulder problems.
“It was good,” Charron said. “He took part in everything.”
Asked if Brownlee is better than Dave Chyzowski, the Blazers’ director of sales and marketing who was the No. 2 pick in the NHL’s 1989 draft, Charron chuckled.
“Let me put it this way,” he said, laughing. “Brownlee is a defenceman and Chyzer is a forward.”
After the practice ended, Brownlee tweeted: “Thanks to the Blazers for having me out today for practice. Bunch of beauties! See you all at the show!”