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Trail, British Columbia (May 9, 2018) – The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce that Blaine Caton will be joining fellow Smoke Eater, Troy Ring at Marian University next season.

Marian University is located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and is part of is part of the 12 team Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA), an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. The NCHA is a highly regarded Division III hockey league which routinely produces some of the highest ranking teams in the United States. In 2017-2018, the Marian University Panthers compiled 20 wins regular season wins on route to the first NCAA Tournament bid in the team’s history.

Caton joined the team in the 2015-2016 season after spending the previous year with the Vernon Vipers. In three years with the Smoke Eaters, Blaine suited up for 126 games, notching 30 goals and 37 assists along the way. The gritty forward added another 15 points in 26 playoff games over for the Smokies and could often be counted on to score a goal in a critical situation.

Blaine wished to express his thanks for the support in that he received while playing in Trail. “I’d like to thank the Trail Smoke Eaters for everything they’ve done for me in the past three years and getting me an opportunity to further my hockey career while getting my education. Also, a big thanks to Rich and Annie Murphy, Craig Clare, the whole front office and my coaches over the years Barry Zanier, Kyle Hope, Jesse Leung, Curtis Toneff and especially Cam Keith for never giving up on me and making me the player I am today.”

It pleases the Smoke Eaters organization to have another player committed to a quality university and hockey program for the upcoming season. We look forward to following another one of our players as he continues his hockey and academic career.


Founded as Marian College in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Marian University is a co-educational, Catholic University that inspires personal and professional success through an engaging, values-based education. With the average class size of 15 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, students at Marian University partake in multiple cooperative, hands-on learning experiences that allow for integrated classroom theory and practical work experience. Marian University students graduate well-prepared to begin exciting careers in their fields or for admission to rigorous graduate and professional programs across the nation.