Trail Times Sports Columnist Dave Thompson

Smokies give Vees all they can handle

Lots has been said already about Reno Zanier as a goalie. He was fun to watch.

What will be missed about Reno, though, will be his personality. Quiet, humble, pleasant, a good friend and family man – his presence, not his past, will be best remembered.

Sad for the whole community, not just hockey fans.

• On that whole, “Golden age of goaltending in the Home of Champions,” thing. It should be remembered that, on top of the big four world class netminders we all know, there were literally dozens of other local goaltenders backstopping local teams to provincial championships in Bantam, Midget, Juvenile and Junior Hockey during the same epoch.

At least a few of those also had adult careers of note and some others, if not distracted by different career dreams, might have had the ability to do that as well.

Not being a goalie, I am not fully aware of the roster of goalie whisperers that were coaching and creating all of the above. Suffice to say that, as in most other areas of youth development, there was ample expertise available for developing goalies here in the HOC.

• It was a little disappointing when the Smokies did not salvage a point against the Vees Wednesday night. Downright surprising that the Vees netminder was not named first star of the contest.

Despite missing a key piece of every established line, Trail gave an essentially full strength Penticton all it could handle, getting better as the new lines became more familiar with themselves.

Not quite good enough, as it turned out, but a great game. Vernon (9-0 winners last time out at Cominco Arena) tonight. I predict, regardless of how many of the injured starters return, a bit closer contest this time around.

• I keep saying the Interior Division is the strongest in the BCHL, likely the strongest in Junior A hockey, and here is why.

The leaders of the BCHL Island Division, here at the halfway point of the season, would be fifth, seventh and eighth placed in the Interior. The top three in the Mainland Division would stand third, sixth and seventh among Interior teams. Doesn’t leave much doubt about the relative division qualities.

It does showcase the difficulty of achieving top standings places in the Interior. The Smokies are having a terrific season, still, but there is a long, hard road ahead of them before playoff time.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Heads up: Trail resumes parking enforcement June 1

The city suspended parking fees March 31, resume meter regulations on June 1

City of Rossland looks to implement mail ballot voting

City said new procedure could make voting easier and more accessible for residents

Trail Youth Baseball cancels its summer season

Time runs out on Trail Youth Baseball, gets no direction from viaSport or province on how to proceed

Good news for Trail Sk8’ers

After a two-month lockdown, Trail Sk8 Park will reopen on Wednesday

Drugs, stolen bike and cheques seized during RCMP search in Castlegar

Two men were taken into police custody during the search warrant

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

Eight people arrested in Victoria homeless camp after enforcement order issued

Those living in tents were given until May 20 to move indoors

Andrew Weaver says he was ready to defeat John Horgan government

Independent MLA blasts B.C. Greens over LNG opposition

44% fewer passengers flew on Canadian airlines in March 2020 than in 2019

COVID-19 pandemic has hit airlines hard as travel remains low

Commercial rent relief applications open as feds encourage landlords to apply

Program would see government cover 50 per cent of the rent

COVID-19: B.C. park reservations surge as campgrounds reopen

Keep trying, many sites not reservable, George Heyman says

B.C. residents can now reserve a provincial campsite for a stay starting June 1

Campsite reservations will only be available to British Columbians

Cullen commission into money laundering in British Columbia resumes today

Inquiry was called amid growing concern that illegal cash was helping fuel real estate, luxury car and gambling

Most Read