Annual luncheon serves up good memories

The Senior Men’s Trail Smoke Eaters are convening for their annual luncheon at Cantons on Saturday.

The Senior Men’s Trail Smoke Eaters are convening for their annual luncheon at Cantons on Saturday.

A full course meal of tasty food and good memories are the usual fare at the annual event.

“It’s a good time and it’s quite a group,” said organizer Wayne Florko. “We have guys from all eras joining us.”

Florko wants to ensure that all those who played for the Senior Smoke Eaters hockey team know about the luncheon and come out and help celebrate the Smokie legacy.

The Trail Sr. Mens Smoke Eaters joined the Western International Hockey League (WIHL) in 1946.  After winning the World Championship in 1961, a solid and talented core of players returned to the WIHL, winning the 1962 Allan Cup and represented Canada at the World Championships for the third time in 1963.

The Smokies struggled throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. But, by the late 1970s, the team attracted a number of talented semi-professional players and was once again rejuvenated, winning the Savage Cup in 1979 and 1983.

The Trail Smoke Eaters left the WIHL for one year in 1984 and formally folded at the end of the 1986 season.

All former players are invited to attend the luncheon at Cantons at noon on Saturday. Call Wayne for more info at 368-5645.