Trail Smoke Eaters: Trail trades for D-man

Smokies trade forward Tanner Clarkson for defenseman Valik Chichkin.

The Trail Smoke Eaters have completed a transaction with the Langley Rivermen, acquiring defenseman Valik Chichkin, 18, in exchange for the playing rights of forward Tanner Clarkson.

Chichkin, a six-foot-three, 190-pound defenseman from Burnaby, has two points in nine appearances with the Rivermen this season and joined the Smoke Eaters in Salmon Arm Saturday.

“He played Saturday night and was good, logged lots of minutes, a big kid, moves well, good shot, a little physical, no he was good for us,” said Smoke Eater coach and GM Bill Birks.

As a 17 year-old rookie, he scored one goal and 14 points with Langley in 54 regular-season games. He was also selected in the 2009 Western Hockey League bantam draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

In 39 career games with the Smoke Eaters, Clarkson tallied 12 goals and 19 points.