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NEWS: Veteran AJHL Goal Scorer Commits To Smoke Eaters


JUNE 26th, 2019

TRAIL, B.C. – The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Liam Freeborn (’99) has committed to the team for the 2019/20 season.

Freeborn, 19, comes to Trail after playing the last two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, splitting games between the Spruce Grove Saints and the Calgary Mustangs. The 6’1”, 185-pound winger played with the Mustangs through the entire 2018/19 campaign, tallying 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points in 58 games while also accumulating 77 penalty minutes.  Freeborn was made available to come to the West Kootenays after the Mustangs had to cease operations for the 2019/20 season.

The Calgary, Alberta native has spent all of his hockey career within the Calgary area, playing his midget hockey with the Calgary Royals AAA program, amassing 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points in 34 games played during the 2016/17 season before making the jump to play Junior ‘A’ hockey.

“Liam Freeborn is a very important addition to our hockey team,” mentioned Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach Jeff Tambellini, “He is a big, right shot right winger who has high end playmaking abilities that will complement our forward group.”

“It is very exciting to add a veteran player who is coming off a 53pts season and going into his third year of junior,” Tambellini continued, “His 6’2″ frame will add to an already big forward group and we believe his character and professionalism will have just as much impact as does his physical size.”

The Smoke Eaters would like to welcome Liam and his family to the City of Trail and the Smoke Eaters organization.

Freeborn and the rest of the Smoke Eaters will be in Trail for the team’s Main Camp at the end of August while season tickets for the 2019/20 campaign are available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters office, which is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday as well as online at