Smoke Eaters: Trail completes deal with Cents

Head Coach Nick Deschenes says Willcox will be a great addition to the team, rounding out the roster.

Forward Rhett Willcox will be playing for the Trail Smoke Eaters this coming season.

Back in January, the Smokies sent defenseman Griffyn Martin to the Merritt Centennials for a futures option and Trail has completed the deal.

Head Coach Nick Deschenes says Willcox will be a great addition to the team, rounding out the roster.

“We are very excited to bring on a player of his caliber and experience,” Deschenes said. “He is an established player and because of all the other players we graduate via scholarships, he is going to be playing an important role when it comes to filling those spaces.”

The change could also prove beneficial to the 18-year-old Surrey native and his future in the game..

“He is known to be a feisty player on the ice, a little aggressive and I think that he is primed for an offensive breakout season,” said Deschenes. “It is his third year in the league and I think he is ready to step into that kind of role.”

Last season, Willcox played 56 games for the Cents, racking up 11 goals and 30 points.