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NEWS: Smoke Eaters Add Buskey From WHL

PHOTO: Prince Albert Raiders


JANUARY 10th, 2018

TRAIL, B.C. – The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the addition of goaltender Donovan Buskey (’00) after his release from the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Buskey, 18, comes to the Smoke Eaters after two seasons in the WHL split between the Spokane Chiefs and, most recently, the Prince Albert Raiders. The 6’2”, 203-pound netminder played in 11 games and amassing a 9-1 record to go along with a 3.14 goals against average and a .870 save percentage.

The North Vancouver, BC native has played in 37 career Major Junior games, collecting a record of 19-13-0-1 while holding a 3.48 GAA and a .870 SV% as well as one shutout between Spokane and Prince Albert. Prior to his time in the Western Hockey League, Buskey played with the Vancouver North West Giants of the BC Major Midget League (BCMML) during the 2016/17 season, posting a 3.32 GAA in 19 games.

Buskey is no stranger to the West Kootenays with his father Brad being born and raised in Trail before moving to the Lower Mainland.

In a corresponding move, the Smoke Eaters have returned goaltender Chad Cromar (’99) to the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the PIJHL and will be used as an affiliate player for the remainder of the season.

The Smoke Eaters would like to welcome Donovan to the Smoke Eaters and the City of Trail as well as thank Chad for his time and contributions with the club.

The Smoke Eaters will return home and look to keep their 2019 record perfect and aim for three wins in a row as they host the Nanaimo Clippers at the Trail Memorial Centre on Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with tickets available at the Smoke Eaters Main Office as well as at the door ahead of the opening face-off.