BCHL: Trail Smoke Eaters acquire forward

The Trail Smoke Eaters sent injured forward John Laurito closer to home and welcomed forward Nolan Redler

The Trail Smoke Eaters completed a deal on Tuesday sending injured forward John Laurito closer to home and picking up forward Nolan Redler in a separate acquisition.

Laurito went down with a shoulder injury in a Smoke Eater win over Vernon on Dec. 12, so with that in mind, the team sent the Johnston, Rhode Island native to the South Shore Kings based out of Foxborough, Mass., of the US Junior Hockey League for futures.

“It allows him to heal up at home, and then get back on the ice and play for that team,” said Smoke Eater coach Nick Deschenes.

The 19-year-old Laurito played in 32 games with Trail scoring two goals and adding eight assists.

With a card open, the Smokies then secured Redler who was second overall in scoring in the Eastern Hockey League playing for the Northern Cyclones. The 19-year-old Winchester, Mass. native is a five-foot-nine, 175-pound forward with speed and skill, who netted 18 goals and 22 assists in 21 games with the Cyclones.

“Even though he’s a small player, he’s a gritty player, and he plays the game the right way,” said Deschenes.

While the EHL is not the same calibre as the BCHL, Deschenes says he believes Redler has the ability to adapt to the faster pace of the new league.

“There’s always an adjustment period, he is coming from a slower league to a faster league, but I think he’s beyond that level and is looking forward to the opportunity to challenge himself again, and help us make the playoffs.”

The Smoke Eaters embark on a three game road trip to the coast Friday where they’ll face the Coquitlam Express, Chilliwack Chiefs, and Surrey Eagles over the weekend.

Just Posted

Starbucks baristas in Trail donate $7,000 in tips

Funds will go toward the breakfast program in five Kootenay Columbia elementary schools

Good fencing makes good neighbours— especially when your neighbours are bears

Workshop in Pass Creek this weekend to promote benefits of proper protection for livestock

Feeling the heat

What you see: If you have a recent photo to share email editor@trailtimes.ca

Air time at Trail Sk8 Park

The Trail Sk8Park is located near the Gyro Park boat launch

B.C. MP’s climate-change alarmism challenged

Letter to the Editor from Thorpe Watson, PhD, Warfield

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Most Read