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Tim Fragle | General Manager & Head Coach

Tim joined the Trail Smoke Eaters as General Manager and Head Coach in 2020.

Fragle, a native of Edmonton, Alberta and former Smoke Eater comes to Trail with a strong coaching resume as the team’s new General Manager and Head Coach. During the past four years, Fragle has been head coach of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Ooks College Hockey Team. During his stint, the Ooks have finished first in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) for four consecutive seasons, going 95-21-9-2 in 127 games. Fragle has also earned the Coach of the Year award in three of his four seasons at NAIT (2016-17, 18-19, 19-20). During the 2015/16 season he was named the head coach of Team Canada West for the World Junior A Challenge, leading the team to a gold medal.

Tim is no stranger to Trail, having played for the Smoke Eaters from 1997-2000 putting up 50 points in 98 games for the Smoke Eaters, while being named captain during the 99/00 season.

Email: t.fragle [at]

Dustin Korlak | Associate Coach, Director of Player Development

Entering his fifth season as Associate Coach & Director of Player Development with the Smoke Eaters, Korlak brings a wealth of hockey experience to the team. Before coaching in the BCHL, the Stonewall, MB native spent two seasons coaching in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with Dauphin and Wayway. Korlak also has a scouting and recruiting background, having worked as a scout for ISS hockey and as a pro scout for the Coventry Blaze, a professional team in the UK.

Primarily working with the Smoke Eaters defensive lines, Korlak also brings playing experience to the table. After four seasons of Junior in the MJHL, Korlak played professionally overseas in Europe making stops in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

Email: d.korlak [at]

Dallas Calvin | Assistant Coach

Jeff Urekar | Director of Scouting & Player Personnel

Urekar came to Trail after completing his first season as the Head Coach of the Vancouver North East Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League, taking his team to the second round of the playoffs after a 3rd place finish in the regular season. The 2018/19 season capped off Urekar’s fifth season with the Chiefs while also serving as a scout for the Smoke Eaters throughout the year. Jeff was the Trail Smoke Eaters Assistant GM from 2019-2021 until accepting his new role as Director of Scouting & Player Personnel.

Email: j.urekar [at]

Ty Rimmer | Goaltending Coach

Bio coming soon!

Joseph De Marco | Trainer

Bio coming soon!

Frenchie Boisvert | Assistant Trainer

Rob Stroud | Assistant Trainer

Dr. Scott Emery | DC, BSc. Kin., CSCS, SFMA, DNS, ART, Graston

Dave Abenante | RPT, BSc. Kin

Scouting Operations

Dave Rudin (Vancouver)

Derek Sanders (British Columbia)

Justin Van Parys (Alberta)

Scott Cassels (Edmonton)

Dean Moisan (Alberta, Saskatchewan)

Hal Tearse (USA)

Paul Antonenko (USA)

Josiah Blencowe | Team Chaplain