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COACHING & TRAINING STAFF

Tim Fragle | General Manager & Head Coach

Tim is the Trail Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach, joining the team for the 2020-21 season.

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.

Jeff Urekar | Assistant General Manager / Assistant Coach

Urekar comes 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 3rdplace 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.

Dustin Korlak | Assistant Coach

Entering his third season as an assistant coach 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.

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.

Cam Basarab | Goaltending Coach

Bobby-Jean Leier | Athletic Trainer

Bobby is a Kinesiologist, majoring in Human Kinetics. She obtained her degree in her hometown at the University of Regina. While studying in Regina, she had the privilege of spending two seasons with the University of Regina Rams Football Club, gaining a wealth of knowledge from her Sport Physio superiors. It was then that the opportunity to work in junior hockey and lacrosse came and she never looked back. Bobby is in her second season with the Trail Smoke Eaters.

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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

Brandon Kaleniecki (United States)

Derek Sanders (British Columbia)

Art Hanson (Alberta)

Justin Van Parys (Alberta)

Dean Moisan (Alberta, Saskatchewan)

Bruce Taylor | Team Chaplain