Dave Thompson

Remembering Buzz: a Trail icon

"[Buzz] engendered a little jealousy among his peers for his seemingly effortless mastery of any activity..."

The disappearing realm of good role models

"If people are paid for what they do, it seems, there are no rules concerning their behaviour."

Remembering Heslop: a good player, better friend

"Fred was a decent scorer and usually one of the fastest skaters on those rep teams, and a good teammate..."

Smokies not even close to historic slide

"The current team is nowhere close to the worst season-start for a team wearing that logo..."

Will change stoke Smokies’ fire?

"The new Smoke Eater coach, interim or not, has to hope that a big change, all on its own, energizes the players."

Another challenging week for Trail Smokies Eaters

"The outlook is less than rosy for the Smoke Eaters, and they have a tough stretch..."

Trail SmokeEaters need wins at home

"While Smokie watchers are convinced the team is on the right track, the results are still lacking where it will come to count most..."

Improved websites will attract fans

"It might behoove the Smoke Eaters to change their game start times for September to 7:30..."

Arena accessibility hampers fans

"I want the Smokies to be economically viable, so am hopeful enough fans will be able to get to the games to make the team some money."

Smokies’ fans learning to love again

"...every season fans need to re-learn to support the, “local,” team."

Smokies team-building on tap

Soon, Trail-bound types will be able to get out of the heat and into the rink to watch the Smokies build their team for the coming season

Boys of summer wane, hockey on the horizon

...Trail made pretty much bupkus from its home games. I am sure they will need to do better to fund their provincial effort..."

Trail pitcher had taste of pro ball

"Tench,under the tutelage of a then-young Andy Bileski, was a hard throwing right hander..."

Trail teams as Canadian as baseball and apple pie

"...recent weeks have shown that the Home of Champions is still a pretty good sports town."

Beautiful game needs makeover

"...it may be time for the movers and shakers on this continent to get involved in the international operation of the game."

Sports ‘n’ Things: Mariners, Bay rebuilding

It seems Jason Bay picked the right time to move to Seattle.

Sports ‘n’ Things: Perserve memories of Trail’s champions

Trail is a ball town as much as it is anything sport related.

Make the trip, support local athletes

"Paying attention to the wider world these days reminds me why sports... feel essential to wellbeing."

Show appreciation for local umpires

"Generally, at all levels, those who play the game are marginally or awfully ignorant of the playing rules..."

Former Jays bolster Orioles

"It has been a good couple of weeks for the apparently very few senior baseball fans in the area."