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Chase Stefanek Projected 5th Round NHL Pick

Trail Smoke Eaters forward Chase Stefanek has been projected as a 5th Round Pick in the 2024 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings, which are now available at  The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to congratulate Chase on his recognititon.


LANGLEY, B.C. – With a flurry of recent NCAA Division I commitments, the BC Hockey League (BCHL) has set a new benchmark for committed players with 193, with many more expected in the coming months. The previous high of 190 was set in June of last season. Trail Smoke Eaters players committed to NCAA Division […]

Game Day | TRA at PG

It’s game night in Prince George. The Smoke Eaters take on the Sprunce Kings Friday and Saturday night to close out the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule. They are hoping for a bounce back response from last Saturday’s 6-3 setback in West Kelowna. A wild first period saw the teams score three times each, but […]

Barone, Stefanek Selected as Top Prospects

The BCHL will once again hold a Top Prospects Game on Jan. 19 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C. and, after a vote between BCHL head coaches and general managers, as well as input from NHL Central Scouting, the roster have been announced. Players listed by Central Scouting on their Players to […]

Game Day | TRA at VER

The Trail Smoke Eaters meet the Vipers for the first time this season Friday night in Vernon. The Smokies ended a four game slide in impressive fashion last Saturday with a 7-3 crushing of Cowichan Valley at Comino Arena. They fired a season-high 54 shots on goal in a game where the Stefanek brothers stole […]

Game Report | TRA vs CV

With both coaches emphasizing defensive responsibility, it was the offenses that carried the night at Cominco Arena. The Smoke Eaters fired 54 shots on goal on their way to a 7-3 win over Cowichan Valley in front of just over 1,600 fans, including many parents of players. It would appear to be a great save […]

Game Report | TRA vs SUR

The Trail Smoke Eaters battled to the bitter end before ending a coastal road trip with three games in as many nights with a 4-2 loss in Surrey. The Eagles, who had been resting since Friday night, jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Aaron Schwartz at 6:46 and Nathan Oickle […]

Game Day | AV vs TRA

You had the feeling it would be a memorable night when Trail rookie Callas Pierce got his first BCHL goal early in the first period and then Nanaimo tied the game three minutes later when the puck came over top of the net from the backboards and went in off Smokies goalie Teagan Kendrick three minutes […]

Chase Stefanek on NHL Draft Watchlist

NHL Central Scouting has released its initial Players to Watch list ahead of the 2024 NHL Entry Draft and there are 15 BCHL players named, including Trail Smoke Eaters forward, Chase Stefanek. The list is separated into different categories. A Prospects: 1st round candidate B Prospects: 2nd/3rd round candidate C Prospects: 4th/5th round candidate W […]