Trail Smoke Eaters: McMullen PoW

Trail Smoke Eater captain Garrett McMullen named BCHL's Player of the Week.

Trail Smoke Eater captain Garrett McMullen has been leading by example all season, but his exceptional contribution last week was recognized by the BCHL in awarding the 20-year-old forward with Player of the Week honours.

McMullen was named first star in both of Trail’s overtime victories last week, scoring the winner in a 2-1 win at Vernon Thursday, then adding two goals in the Smokies’ 6-5, come-from-behind victory over Langley on Friday. The Rochester, N.Y. native sits 14th in the BCHL in scoring with 14 goals and 30 points.

Smokies defenseman Braden Pears was given an honourable mention for the weekly award. The 19 year-old set up McMullen’s winner against the Vipers and scored the overtime goal against the Rivermen. Since joining the Smoke Eaters in late September, Pears has scored 4 goals and 19 points, and sits seventh among BCHL defensemen in scoring this season.

The Smokies are on the road in West Kelowna Friday, but return home to begin a three-game, pre-holiday home-stand Saturday against Vernon at 7:30 p.m.

Special Note: The game against Merritt Centennials on Sunday goes at 3 p.m.