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Operations Staff


Rich & Annie Murphy | President / Owners

Rich and Annie are proud to call Trail their second home.

Under Rich's direction, the Trail Smoke Eaters have undertaken a significant transformation and have a clear path for the journey ahead. In addition to technical development of the organization as a whole, the Murphy's have invested heavily in facility upgrades, supporting local community partners along the way. Rich and Annie hope to continue the storied legacy of Trail and its Smoke Eaters.

Craig Clare | Director of Hockey & Business Operations

Craig enters his fourth season as Director of Hockey and Business Operations. Craig played for the Smoke Eaters from 1997-2000, earning BCHL Rookie of the Year (97/98) and BCHL Allstar (98/99), before moving on to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, graduating with a Business Diploma. At SAIT, Craig played 3 seasons from 2000-2003 and earned 1st and 2nd team ACAC honours, winning the ACAC Championship in 2002 and captained the Trojans in his final season.

Craig served as Assistant Coach for the Smoke Eaters from 2012-2016 as well, in addition to working locally with FortisBC for 12 years before accepting his new role.

Originally from Sherwood Park, AB Craig has called Trail home since 2004, with his wife, Jody and son, Samuel.

Email: c.clare [at]

Steven Robinson | Operations Manager

Steve is the Trail Smoke Eaters Operations Manager. Having been born and raised in the local area, Steve understands the passion that this community has for the Trail Smoke Eaters. In this role, Steve is responsible for the day-to-day facility operations, liaising with community partners and league officials. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.

After finishing his education, Steve started his career as a teacher in the Northwest Territories. While living in the North, he saw how hockey can have a positive impact in a community. After returning to Trail, Steve has worked primarily in the industrial sector, most recently as the Operations Manager at Retriev Technologies.

Steve has been involved in hockey for most of his life; first as a player, then a coach and for the past four seasons as a member of the Trail Smoke Eaters executive. He brings a passion for the game, the team and the community to his role and plans to help build a program that the City of Trail is proud of.

Email: s.robinson [at]

Allison McCarthy | Corporate Sales & Event Manager

Allison McCarthy is Corporate Sales and Event Manager for the Trail Smoke Eaters. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and has over 20 years of sales, marketing, relationship management and customer service experience.

Prior to joining the Trail Smoke Eaters, Allison worked as the Director of Special Events for a restaurant group in Chicago, Illinois planning over 400 events a year. She and her family moved from Chicago to Trail, BC where she began work with the Canadian Cancer Society as their Annual Giving Coordinator. Allison was able to quickly create solid community relationships with local businesses, individuals, volunteers and really immerse herself into her communities. Relationship management and community engagement is of extreme importance to her and she loves to bring these skills to use for an incredible organization, such as the Trail Smoke Eaters.

As the Corporate Sales and Event Manager for the Smoke Eaters, she brings a new home game experience to Trail and surrounding communities. Allison and her team have created a night out that is ideal for all ages, even for those that are not die hard hockey fans. A Trail Smoke Eaters game is now an experience that is memorable for kids, cool for teenagers, fun for adults and enjoyable for seniors. Home games include a fun night out including a variety of theme nights, good music, community involvement, exciting games and entertainment and of course some amazing hockey. During the off season she is busy connecting with our communities to discuss partnership and marketing opportunities. She looks forward to the community support and seeing a lot more fans (old and new) cheering on our beloved Trail Smoke Eaters. Go Smokies!

Email: a.mccarthy [at]

Rachel Swanson | Marketing & Sales Assistant

Rachel joined the Smoke Eaters Operations team in 2017. She brings a wealth of experience in community relations and marketing. Rachel holds a Legal Assistant diploma from SAIT and is eager to work with local community partners in corporate sales and event management.

Email: r.swanson [at]

Terry Mcdonnell | Academic Advisor

Terry comes to us after 35 years as an educator; the last 21 years working in Rossland, Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Trail.

Terry supports Smoke Eaters players as they plan their next educational steps through administrative support around transcripts, NCAA eligibility and SAT/ACT enrollment.

Parents and players are more than welcome to contact Terry at 250-512-9324 or tkjtwmr [at] telus [dot] net.

Denise Flick | Billet Coordinator

Owen McCarthy & Zachary Hayton | Stick Boys