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NEWS: Smoke Eaters Acquire Former Quebec Major-Junior Goalie, Gabriel Waked

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trail, British Columbia (July 29, 2019) – The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the team has acquired goaltender, Gabriel Waked (‘99) from the Flin Flon Bombers in exchange for forward, Bryce Anderson (‘01).

Waked, 20, comes to the Smoke Eaters after two seasons in the QMJHL with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, before being acquired by the SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers. The 6’1”, 194-pound St-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC native played in 14 games, earning a 3.36 goals against average and a .894 save percentage, taking his game to an even better level in the playoffs with a 2.51 GAA and 0.922 SVS% in 9 games.

Prior to his time in the QMJHL, Waked played with the Granby Inouk of the QJAAHL during the 2017-18 season, posting a 2.26 GAA in 16 games, earning a league best save percentage of 0.919.

“Gabriel Waked is the last big addition for us this off-season”, said General Manager & Head Coach, Jeff Tambellini. “It was important to find a 20-year-old goalie who has experience and we believe Gabe is the right player to help win us win hockey games this season. He comes from a great hockey family and the Trail Smoke Eaters are looking forward to helping him join his brother Antoine in pro hockey next season.”

The Smoke Eaters would like to welcome Gabriel to the team and the city of Trail. The team would also like to thank Bryce for his time and contributions with the club.