A native of Nelson, British Columbia, Keith will enter his second year as Trail Smoke Eaters head coach after completing two years as an assistant coach in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Keith also had a 10-year playing career spanning three different leagues, including some time overseas. He logged 146 AHL games with Hartford, St. John’s, and Peoria, amassing 36 points (14g, 22a) and 102 penalty minutes. The former forward spent substantial time in the ECHL during his time on the ice, collecting 152 tallies (54g, 98a) in 213 regular season contests. Keith was also nearly a point-per-game player in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, stockpiling 43 points (13g, 30a) in 49 postseason contests. During the 2006 playoff year, he finished seventh on the Alaska Aces with 12 points (6g, 6a) in 17 games – helping his team capture the Kelly Cup title.
Keith played his collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where he accrued 100 points (41g, 59a) in 144 collegiate games. He finished in the Nanooks top six in scoring during each of his four seasons. Prior to college Keith played his last year of Junior hockey with the Smoke Eaters amassing 58 points and winning the All Star game MVP honors.
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Leung enters his first year as Trail Smoke Eaters Assistant Coach. Prior to joining the Smoke Eaters, Leung spent 6 seasons coaching in the BC Major Midget League with the last three as Head Coach. His 73-35-10-4 record as Head Coach behind the bench includes a league championship in 2015/2016 and sees him leave as the club leader in wins. In addition to his time with the Hawks, Leung has been an active participant in the BC Hockey Program of Excellence where he served as the Assistant Coach last season for Team BC at the 2016 Western Canada Challenge Cup and a further two seasons as video coach at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and the 2012 Western Canada Challenge Cup.
Leung brings his expertise in video analysis and game preparation to the Smoke Eaters.
Zanier, a teacher at Rossland Summit School, served as Smokies assistant coach on a part-time basis for 11 seasons before committing full time in 2013, due to a combination of an accommodating school board and fewer week-day games scheduled by the BCHL.
Before joining the Smoke Eaters, Zanier coached at the pee-wee and bantam level in the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association, and served as player-coach with the Senior Smoke Eaters during the 1980s. As a player, Zanier skated with the junior and senior Smokies as well as the UBC Thunderbirds.
Barry understands what it takes to win at the BCHL level and will help ensure we get the most out of our players this season.