Sports ‘n’ Things: Smokies playoff hopes fading

"Sad to say there is virtually no chance the Smokies will pick up that long sought playoff berth this season."

Sad to say there is virtually no chance the Smokies will pick up that long sought playoff berth this season. Doubly sad because heading toward the trade deadline the team looked more than capable of making a run at the top four and expectations, including mine, at the end of December were rising that just that scenario would occurr.

All that said, Trail has provided, until last weekend at least, top dollar competitive hockey for local fans at relatively rock bottom prices.

There can still be some of that, at even lower rates if you know someone who holds many of the unused tickets from season and multi-game pass sets. Grab a group, grab some of the available tickets, and take in the last few games. The standings are a disappointment but most nights the entertainment value is not.

Free, or discounted, tickets will free up cash to participate in the various draws available (and unlike BCLC winners, you will not have to run through a maze to collect your bounty), and partake of the delicacies available at the Spud and Sud shacks. All in a good cause with usually high tempo, entertaining hockey for dessert.


Meanwhile, the KIJHL is rolling to a close and all the Kootenay Boundary franchises will be taking part in the playoff rounds. And, although the 16 playoff participants have long been decided for this season, their could still be some drama over the closing 10 days of the junior B season.

Two of the four divisions have declared their winners. Every other team involved can still play the standings shuffle game – in the Neil Murdoch division Nelson still has a decent chance of reeling in Grand Forks for a spot in the 2-3 series and there is still the possibility, albeit slim, that Castlegar could use their final mano-a-mano tilt with the Nitehawks to corral the division crown.


Both the Nitehawks and Smoke Eaters are away this weekend, drat those schedulers, but both close the season on home ice, so still a little regular season play to be enjoyed at both local rinks.

Given the weather forecast it is likely golf courses will be opening early in March, but while you still have time on your hands you should think about spending it at your local arenas, in support of your local teams – both the rosters and the volunteers who keep the enterprises going – and enjoying the sports entertainment available right here in the Home of Champions.

Just Posted

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

Letter to the Editor from Thorpe Watson, PhD, Warfield

$900,000 grant paves way for affordable housing in Trail

Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society receives funding by BC Housing for new build in Trail

Trail police release image of liquor store robber

The video surveillance image shows the robber aiming a black gun at the store’s clerk

More snow called for the Kootenays

Environment Canada issued the bulletin Tuesday under its “BC Traveller’s Routes forecast”

Castlegar daycare selected for universal childcare pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Calgarians vote ‘no’ to bidding for 2026 Winter Games, in plebiscite

Out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 voted and 171,750 said ”no.”

Vancouver Island man survived for ‘days’ trapped in smashed truck

Duncan Moffat, 23, found by hunter by the side of the road near Sayward

Fundraising firefighters complete quest for B.C. Paralympian

The four Penticton residents raising money for Victoria Paralympian complete journey

PHOTOS: Hockey history in B.C. as Team India comes to play

Squad played its very first game in Canada on Tuesday against Surrey Falcons

B.C. man wanted in connection to domestic assault in Edmonton

Sterling Miles Booker has ‘ROCK’ and ‘ROLL’ tattooed on his hands

Canada wants free trade deal with southeast Asian nations, Trudeau says

ASEAN nations combined have nearly 650 million people, an economy of US$2.8 trillion, and are already Canada’s sixth-biggest trading partner.

Olympic and Paralympic committees disappointed, but respectful of Calgary’s vote

The majority of voters said ‘no’ to a potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Wildfire death toll rises in California as search for missing continues

Authorities reported six more fatalities from the Northern California blaze, bringing the total number of dead so far to 48.

B.C. MLAs urge Trudeau to call byelection immediately in Burnaby-South

Four NDP provincial politicians from British Columbia are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately call a byelection in the federal riding of Burnaby-South.

Most Read