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NEWS – BCHL Playoff MVP Award Named After Jeff Tambellini

For Immediate Release Trail, British Columbia (July 28th, 2022) – The BCHL has announced the naming of the BCHL’s Playoff MVP award to the Jeff Tambellini Trophy. The trophy, which will be given out to the top performer of the BCHL’s playoff takes on a new name, honouring Tambellini, who not only played in the […]

BCHL Showcase Announced

For Immediate Release Trail, British Columbia (June 29th, 2022) – The BCHL and the Trail Smoke Eaters have announced the dates for the 2022 BCHL Showcase, once again taking place in Chilliwack this October. The Showcase will take place between Monday, October 17th and Thursday October 20th at the Chilliwack Coliseum, with the Smoke Eaters […]


For Immediate Release Johnson makes history at the NHL draft Trail, British Columbia (July 23rd, 2021) – Friday night at the NHL Draft, Smoke Eater alumni Kent Johnson, made history as the highest Smoke Eater ever to be drafted into the NHL, going fifth overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Johnson who was named league […]

NHL Draft Profile: Logan Terness

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography For the second year in a row, the NHL Draft will be held virtually, this time on Jul. 23 and 24. This year, there are nine current, former and future BCHL players that made NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. Leading up to the draft, we will be speaking with the […]

Alumni Report – Travis Roche

The Trail Smoke Eaters have a long standing history not only in the City of Trail, but in junior and international hockey. With that history comes a long list of alumni who have gone on to play college hockey, play or work in the NHL or follow another passion in life once their Smoke Eater […]

Tambellini Joins Tampa Bay Lightning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tambellini Moves on to Tampa Bay Lightning Trail, British Columbia (April 15th, 2020) – Jeff Tambellini, 36, moves on to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning as NCAA Free Agent Recruiter and Pro Scout. Tambellini who came to Trail two summers ago, made his second season one to remember for the fans, community and […]


Each month the Smoke Eaters will highlight a former Smoke Eater and update you on where they are now. This month, Trail native, defenceman Travis Gawryletz. Smoke Eaters Career: Played 2001-2003 – 113 Games played – 13 Goals and 50 Assists. Currently a linesman in the NHL, Travis Gawryletz played two full seasons with the […]


Each month the Smoke Eaters will highlight a former Smoke Eater and update you on where they are now. This month, Trail native, Steve McCarthy. Smoke Eaters Career: Played 1996-97 – 57 Games played – 25 Goals and 52 Assists. McCarthy holds the single season franchise record for most goals, assists and points by a […]

NEWS: Smoke Eaters Acquire Dynamic NCAA forward and WHL Heavy Weight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Smoke Eaters Sign Carson Briere from Arizona State University and acquire Kyle Pow from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons Trail, British Columbia (December 1st, 2019) – The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce the acquisition of Carson Briere from the NCAA Div. 1 Arizona State Sun Devils, While in a separate […]

Ozar Commits to the University of Denver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ozar commits to the University of Denver Trail, British Columbia (September 5th, 2019) – The Trail Smoke Eaters are proud to announce that Owen Ozar has committed to the University of Denver’s Div. 1 team for the 2021-22 season. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native is going into his second season in Trail, […]