Trail Smoke Eaters pick up Berkholtz

The Smokies added size and leadership to the team on the weekend as they acquired Tyler Berkholtz from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The Trail Smoke Eaters added size and leadership to the team on the weekend as they acquired Tyler Berkholtz from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Berkholtz, a 20-year-old forward, played the last three seasons in Alberni amassing 30 goals and 51 assists in 139 games, with 135 minutes in penalties. He counted 32 points in 47 games in 2011-12 and 38 in 53 games the previous season.

“He’s a top six forward with three years already in the league and a proven scorer that is going to help us out tremendously,” said Smokies GM and coach Bill Birks.

The six-foot, 200-pound winger brings grit up front, is a good skater and should contribute offensively.

Throw in great leadership qualities and experience, and the Penticton native is “Everything we’re looking for,” added Birks.

In return, the Alberni Bulldogs receive future considerations.