Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Submitted by Trail Smoke Eaters
Ex-Smoke Eater, Braden Pears, has committed to the Bowling Green State University Falcons of Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and have won one NCAA Division 1 championship in 1984. They defeated Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the longest championship game in the tournaments history. Braden will join former BCHL players Andrew Hammond (Vernon Vipers), Ryan Visilli (Penticton Vees) and Andrew Wallace (Surrey Eagles).
Braden played with the Smoke Eaters for one and a half seasons before being traded to the Westside Warriors at the January 10 deadline this year. In 91 games with the Smoke Eaters Braden scored 9 goals and added 49 assists for a total of 58 points. In 19 games with Westside he scored 3 goals and 7 assists for a total of 10 points. Braden stayed committed to the Smoke Eaters and never asked for a trade. Nick Deschenes, Coach/GM of the Smoke Eaters, traded Braden to playoff bound Westside Warriors, giving him an opportunity to end his BCHL career on a high note.
The Smoke Eaters wish Braden good luck in Bowling Green and sincerely thank him for his commitment and contribution to the Smoke Eaters.