SEPTEMBER 5th, 2018
TRAIL, B.C. – The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club are proud to announce the leadership group ahead of the 2018/19 season that sees Braeden Tuck named captain while Kyle Chernenkoff and Hayden Rowan will serve as assistant captains.
Tuck, 20, is entering his third season with the Smoke Eaters, playing 108 career games in Black and Orange, scoring 24 goals and adding 41 assists for 65 points. The Calgary, AB native played with the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) before making his way to Trail.
Chernenkoff, 20, sees the 2018/19 season also mark his third campaign with the Smoke Eaters, having amassed 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 points including 84 penalty minutes in his 92 games with Trail. A Crescent Valley, BC native, Chernenkoff plays close to home, starting in Junior ‘B’ with the Nelson Leafs before joining the Smoke Eaters in 2016.
Rowan, 19, is set to enter his first season with the Smoke Eaters but is no stranger to Junior ‘A’ hockey. The Pemberville, Ohio native comes to Trail after a solid season with the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League (USHL), collecting 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points while earning 42 penalty minutes in 46 games and is committed to play for Yale University in 2019/20.
“We’re excited to have a strong leadership group with us this season,” commented Smoke Eaters Head Coach and General Manager Jeff Tambellini, “We believe that our leadership spans throughout our entire lineup and we’re happy to have these three at the forefront.”
The regular season is just around the corner as the Smoke Eaters open up their 2018/19 campaign on home ice against the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday night at Cominco Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office.