Friday, March 28, 2014 - Submitted by Trail Smoke Eaters
Craig Martin, of Trail, is on his way back to the Smoke Eaters after playing for Vernon and Alberni Valley the last two seasons. Craig was acquired at the trade deadline on January 10 as a future consideration that involved the Smoke Eaters obtaining the playing rights of Jackson Elnuik from Alberni Valley in exchange for Jake Kappila along with futures. The player named as future consideration going to Alberni Valley is Jesse Knowler. The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to thank Jesse for his contribution to the team and wish him good luck in Alberni.
Craig Martin played for the Smoke Eaters in 2011-12 as a 16 year old affiliate player. In 9 games with the Smoke Eaters he had 5 goals and 2 assissts. The following year Craig decided to go to Vernon for the 2012-13 season and in 37 games had 7 goals and 9 assissts for a total of 16 points. He was sidelined with an injury for just under half the season. Craig started the 2013-14 season with Vernon but was traded in October to the Alberni Valley Bull Dogs. He played 9 games with Vernon scoring 3 goals and collecting 4 assists then completed the season with Alberni playing 41 games scoring 10 goals and adding 13 assissts.
Craig has committed to the NCAA Division 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Trail Smoke Eaters are looking forward to having Craig in their lineup for the 2014-15 season and extend to him a warm welcome back to Trail.