Trail Smoke Eaters: Buffie to head scouts

Recruiting for the Trail Smoke Eaters begins in earnest.

The Trail Smoke Eaters announced the hiring of Randy Buffie as director of scouting and assistant general manager Thursday.

Buffie joins the Smoke Eaters from the Prince George Spruce Kings where he served as a B.C. regional scout. He is also a former part-owner of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and during his time in Port Alberni held a variety of roles including president and general manager.

“I’m pleased to have Randy as part of the Smoke Eaters organization,” said head coach and general manager Bill Birks.

“He brings plenty of recruiting experience and is very familiar with what it takes to build a winning franchise in the BCHL.”

“My emphasis has always been on working as a group, and doing whatever it takes to help the team,” Buffie said. “I’m excited to be a part of the Smoke Eaters and their preparations for the 2012-13 BCHL season.”

The Smokies have also hired Brent Demerais and Bill Spring as B.C.-based scouts.

The Smoke Eaters’ annual general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th in the MacIntyre Room at the Trail Memorial Centre. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.