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Dave Thompson, Trail Times columnist, talks Trail Smoke Eaters' season opener, reminds readers next game Saturday against Merritt.
"He pitched in wherever and whenever he could, even coaching Babe Ruth baseball when adults were needed there."
"The symbol of Canadian Hockey supremacy will for the 23rd year in a row, not be residing in Canada."
"Good thing it looks like the Nitehawks will be moving along the KIJHL playoff path for a while."
"This is the way the season ends, not with a whimper but a bang - at least in some aspects."
"Nobody thought the Smoke Eaters would even still be in contention for a playoff spot with a game to play."
"Sad to say there is virtually no chance the Smokies will pick up that long sought playoff berth this season."
"Leo lived a life of accomplishment, and not just on the personal side."
"Not a single Canadian NHL team seems inclined to push its way into the post season picture."
"There is good reason for hope for Trail fans."
"...this meeting will be, organizers hope, focused on past glories, such as they may have seemed."
"...there were hours of entertainment available to anyone who showed up at any time during the weekend."
"The Smokies just beat Wenatchee, so we assume they have a chance to compete in that game."
"Some hard to believe things have been going on in local hockey."
"Anyone who believes 9/11 did not change the world for the worse just has refused to pay attention."
"First, thanks Trail. More than decent Sunday afternoon crowd in support of the Smokies."
"I believe it is not a coincidence that Trail dominated both baseball and hockey in this province for decades."
"...it was really important that the Smokies get a win, and they did."
"Once more into the breach this weekend for the Smoke Eaters, who actually have three home barn outings in the next five days."
"It may not be time to panic quite yet, but it is already perilously close to that for the Smoke Eaters."