COACHING & TRAINING STAFF
JEFF TAMBELLINI | GM & HEAD COACH
JESSIE LEUNG | ASSISTANT COACH
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Leung enters his second year as Trail Smoke Eaters Assistant Coach. Prior to joining the Smoke Eaters, Leung spent 6 seasons coaching in the BC Major Midget League with the last three as Head Coach. His 73-35-10-4 record as Head Coach behind the bench includes a league championship in 2015/2016 and sees him leave as the club leader in wins. In addition to his time with the Hawks, Leung has been an active participant in the BC Hockey Program of Excellence where he served as the Assistant Coach last season for Team BC at the 2016 Western Canada Challenge Cup and a further two seasons as video coach at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and the 2012 Western Canada Challenge Cup.
Leung brings his expertise in video analysis and game preparation to the Smoke Eaters.
Email: j.leung [at] trailsmokeeaters.com
BARRY ZANIER | ASSISTANT COACH
Zanier, a teacher at Rossland Summit School, served as Smokies assistant coach on a part-time basis for 11 seasons before committing full time in 2013, due to a combination of an accommodating school board and fewer week-day games scheduled by the BCHL.
Before joining the Smoke Eaters, Zanier coached at the pee-wee and bantam level in the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association, and served as player-coach with the Senior Smoke Eaters during the 1980s. As a player, Zanier skated with the junior and senior Smokies as well as the UBC Thunderbirds.
Barry understands what it takes to win at the BCHL level and will help ensure we get the most out of our players this season.
KYLE HOPE | ASSISTANT COACH
PAUL BARCLAY | GOALTENDING COACH
MICHELLE BÉLAND | Athletic Therapist
Before joining the Smoke Eaters family, Michelle spent the past two years working in Penticton at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. She brings a wealth of knowledge in treating, and training high performance hockey players, and is looking forward to working with Trail’s finest athletes.
Michelle is a certified Athletic Therapist. She obtained a bachelors degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy from Camosun College in Victoria. While studying in Victoria, she had the privilege of working for two years at the University of Victoria Sports Injury Clinic. It was there, while working with the varsity women's rugby and men's rowing programs, that Michelle found her niche working with elite athletes. Michelle is also the therapist with BC Hockey's U18 Female Program and is excited to bring a highly competitive attitude to the Smoke Eaters organization.
Originally from Lillooet, BC, Michelle proudly claims to be a “small town kid”. She is thrilled to call Trail her new home and is looking forward to being a part of the community.
Email: m.beland [at] trailsmokeeaters.com
BRAD RAND (Vancouver)
DEREK SANDERS (British Columbia)
ART HANSON (Alberta)
JUSTIN VAN PARYS (Alberta)
CHRIS WELLAR (Saskatchewan)
OLIVIER FILION (Eastern Canada)