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NEWS: Smoke Eaters Trade Sidoni To Virden Oil Capitals

PHOTO: Mike Hockley


OCTOBER 25th, 2018

TRAIL, B.C. – The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced on Thursday that the team has traded forward Blake Sidoni (’98) to the Virden Oil Capitals of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations.

Sidoni, 20, has spent parts of two seasons in Trail with the Smoke Eaters after signing with the club following his play with the Beaver Valley NiteHawks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. In his BCHL time, Sidoni registered 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points along with 16 penalty minutes in 44 games played with the Smoke Eaters. So far in the 2018/19 season, Sidoni has earned a goal and two assists for three points in 15 games played.

The Trail, BC native came to the Smokies halfway through last season, playing two and half seasons with the NiteHawks. In the KIJHL, Sidoni scored 38 goals and added 62 assists for 100 points in 121 games played with Beaver Valley.

“It’s extremely difficult to lose Blake Sidoni from our dressing room this week,” Stated Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach Jeff Tambellini, “I was so impressed with the work he put in this off-season and his willingness to do anything to help the Trail Smoke Eaters win. This move allows Blake to play a major role for a top franchise in Virden and will provide him the best opportunity to gain a university scholarship for next season. Blake Sidoni will always be a Trail Smoke Eater and everyone in our organization wishes him nothing but great success.”

The Smoke Eaters would like to thank Blake for his contributions to the team as well as the City of Trail and wish him all the best in his future endeavors with the Oil Capitals.

The Smoke Eaters return back to home ice on Friday night as they welcome the Mainland Division’s Prince George Spruce Kings to town for their lone visit to the Trail Memorial Centre of the season. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office.