Trail Smoke Eaters defencman Seth Barton is selected in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

Trail Smoke Eaters defencman Seth Barton is selected in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

Sport Year in Review: Summer of 2018

Greater Trail athletes perform at the top of their game on the regional, national, and world stages.

The summer of 2018 is highlighted by Greater Trail athletes performing at the top of their game on the regional, national, and world stage.


1 – Trail Smoke Eaters hire Jeff Tambellini as new head coach and GM for upcoming season.

3 – Smoke Eaters alumni rake in NCAA Awards. Jake Lucchini was named MVP for Michigan Tech Huskies as well as earning the Gary Crosby Memorial Award for top scorer. In addition, former Smoke Eater Brent Baltus was awarded the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award for the Huskies.

2016 Smokies alumnus Nick Halloran was awarded MVP for Colorado College, the team’s top scorer and named second-team All American, and first-team NCHC after finishing third in NCHC scoring. Linden Marshall was named Freshman of the Year for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Luke Santerno was named to the Atlantic Hockey all-rookie team.

3 – Heart and Soul martial artists bring home a trove of medals from the Kee’s Invitational Tae Kwon Do Tournament.

4 – Greater Trail mountain bike riders Aaron Finke and J.T. Bjarnason raced to first and second place in the Marin Wild Ride Enduro in Jr. Men category in Nakusp, while Shawn O’Keefe captured second overall in Expert Men.

4 – The Trail Hockey Club Society earmarks funds for scholarships for local players.

5 – Trail bowler Jacob Plett is selected as one of 12 coaches to lead the BC Special Olympics Bowling Team to the Nationals.

9 – About 150 athletes from across the Kootenays descend on Haley Park for the Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field Meet.

10 – Greater Trail Bantam minor hockey prospects Dallas Maximick of Fruitvale and Trail’s Ethan Smyth selected for BC Hockey’s U15 Provincial Tournament beginning today at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

12 – Trail native Travis St. Denis signs NHL contract with the New York Islanders, while playing for AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

16 – Big changes come to KIJHL at summer AGM with face masks becoming mandatory, reinstated full league play, as well as introducing a KIJHL Showcase instead of the Prospects Game.

17 – Black Jack skiers Julien Locke is named to the National Ski Team and Remi Drolet to the Jr. National Ski Team.

17 – May is a magical month for J. L. Crowe sports. The J. L. Crowe senior girls Field Hockey team won gold at the Calgary Ladies Field Hockey Association Tournament in Calgary, while the Sr. Girls Soccer team won the Kootenay Championship in Creston. Not to be outdone, the J. L. Crowe Track and Field Team qualified eight members for the provincials following top finishes at the Kootenay Track and Field Championships in Cranbrook.

22 – Former Smoke Eaters coach Cam Keith goes on to win an RBC Cup championship as an assistant coach with the Chilliwack Chiefs, defeating the Wellington Dukes 4-2 in the Cup final.

23 – Trail AA Orioles and the West Kootenay A Orioles throw out first pitch in Washington State American Legion Baseball.

27 – Birchbank Golf Course hosts the BC Golf Zone 1 Women’s Championship and Procter resident Jackie Little wins the title by seven strokes over a field of 52 golfers.


5 – Grade 8 middle distance runner Jaxson Kuchar wins gold at the BC High School Track and Field championship in Langley in the 800-m.

6 – Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Seth Barton follows in the 2017 footsteps of Kale Howarth and attends the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, NY. The Combine is the last significant step for players heading into the NHL Draft to make an impression and the last chance for teams to evaluate their prospects.

7 – Trail Smoke Eaters hold Summer Identification Camp at Planet Ice in Delta.

8 – Community Futures launches Kootenay Sport Fishing Project with a mandate to stimulate economic development in the Trail-Castlegar corridor by creating a web portal that promotes its unique sport fishing opportunities.

8 – The Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup with a Game-5 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

12 -The Greater Trail Stingrays make a big splash at Jeli Orrell Memorial Swim Meet.

14 – Longtime KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen steps down after 17 years at the helm of the 20-team league. Larry Martel is voted new president with Kathy Merkel assuming the roles of secretary-treasurer and vice-president.

19 – Trail Mariners win Little League Major title with win over Trail Dodgers.

– The Trail Gymnastics Club wraps up season at the Ogopogo Invitational in Kelowna, where 13 athletes from the Club’s Interclub, High School, and Jr. Olympic Optionals team competed alongside 1,000 other gymnasts from across B.C. and Alberta.

21 – The Trail Hockey Club Society hands out $61,000 in scholarships to current and former players. In all 14 players from the Smoke Eaters, Nitehawks and Major Midget Kootenay Ice receive post-secondary school scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

26 – Trail Smoke Eaters d-man Seth Barton is selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 81st overall, of the 2018 NHL Draft.


4 – Trail All Stars win gold at the 2018 Firecracker Baseball Tournament in Kalispell, Mont.

5 – Four former Smoke Eaters attend NHL Development camps including Jake Lucchini – Pittsburgh Penguins, Seth Barton – Detroit Red Wings, Kale Howarth – Columbus Blue Jackets, and Luke Santerno – Winnipeg Jets.

11 – Trail Track and Field Club claimed 31 top-three finishes and 67 top-eight at the Jack Brow Memorial Track and Field Meet in Kelowna.

11 – Fruitvale native Camryn Haines is selected to the U18 Team BC field hockey team and will compete in the Canadian National Field Hockey Championships in Toronto.

17 – France celebrates World Cup victory after defeating Croatia 4-2.

18 – Trail All Stars ride Mike Carpenter Memorial Tournament win in Chewelah to the BC Little League Championships in Trail.

19 – Fruitvale baseball phenoms Ella Matteucci and Allison Schroder are named to Team Canada women’s baseball team and will play in the World Cup of Baseball in Viera, Fla. Aug. 22-31.

20 – Trail Little League All Stars set to host the BC Little League Championships at Andy Bilesky Park.

20 – Ryan Cunningham kicks off campaign to cycle from Trail to Tucson, Arizona in effort to raise money for brother Craig’s ‘All Heart Foundation’.

26 – The Trail All Stars qualify for playoffs at the BC Little League championships, but are beaten in semifinal as Whalley goes on to win provincial championship with victory over Lynn Valley.

27 – Pride Gym fighter Charles Bisset wins WBC Muay Thai title with a split decision win over Casey ‘Go’ Greene.


2 – Trail native Scott Davidson earned a spot on the Krampade All-American Scholars list. Davidson is in his junior year at Quinnipiac University. He earned All American Scholar status for the second year in a row, as well as being named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team for a third straight year.

3 – New BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb makes stop in Trail as part of his summer tour of BCHL cities.

8 – Two Rossland mountain bike racers, Keegan Fry and Logan Merringer, qualify to compete at the UCI World Cup Downhill Championships in Mont Ste. Anne.

9 – The Trail Stingrays put up their best performance of the season when it counted most, coming second at the Kootenay Zone Regionals Swim Meet in Trail, sending five swimmers to the Provincials in Surrey, Aug. 17-19, including Reuben Demmler, Juliana Zhou, Kate, Claire, and Paul Fricke.

21 – The Birchbank Men’s Open goes to a playoff hole with Spokane golfer Gord Corder birdying the first sudden-death playoff hole to defeat defending champion Kevin Hogg and win the Birchbank Open.

23 – The Trail Smoke Eaters hold their Main Camp at the Cominco Arena with over 60 players vying for a spot on the roster.

28 – Trail’s Garrett Ferguson takes over GM position of BC Major Midget Kootenay Ice from Terry Jones.


Trail All Stars host the 2018 BC Little League championships.

Trail All Stars host the 2018 BC Little League championships.

J. L. Crowe runner Jaxson Kuchar wins gold in the 800-m run at the BC High School Track and Field Championships.

J. L. Crowe runner Jaxson Kuchar wins gold in the 800-m run at the BC High School Track and Field Championships.