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Iginla won't comment on banned sports writer

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:51 PM ET

VANCOUVER — Jarome Iginla is well aware of the firestorm surrounding the junior team he’s part-owner of, but withheld comment regarding the team’s decision to ban a local writer from speaking to members of the team.

“I know it’s a serious issue, but, to be honest, it’s something I don’t know a lot about. It’s more the day-to-day (people) with the operations there in Kamloops,” Iginla said Wednesday in Vancouver. “I don’t think it would be fair to give my opinion without knowing the day-to-day stuff, so I’m going to have to not make a comment.”

It was revealed this week the Kamloops Blazers banned newspaper writer Gregg Drinnan from speaking to team personnel just before Christmas because of perceived negative reporting. The decision has caused a furor across the junior hockey world and with sporting media, in general.

On Wednesday, the WHL scheduled a meeting to be held Jan. 11 between the sides in the hopes of finding a resolution.

The Blazers are owned by local businessman Tom Gaglardi, along with former players Iginla, Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor.

The Blazers were a junior hockey powerhouse in the early 1990s, but have struggled to build a winning team for the past decade. They currently sit fourth in the B.C. Division with a 19-20-2 record.

Iginla said he doesn’t believe the situation will cause further attendance problems for the team.

“It’s a great junior city. They support the team wonderfully. It’s about winning, so we have to win and get to the playoffs,” Iginla said. “Three’s a great tradition there and the fans support the team. The team is fortunate to get the support they get.”

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