Trail Smoke Eaters spring camp, a glimpse at the future

About 70 young hockey players will take to the ice for the Trail Smoke Eaters annual spring camp at the Cominco Arena this weekend.

About 70 young hockey players will take to the ice for the Trail Smoke Eaters annual spring camp at the Cominco Arena this weekend.

The players, ranging in ages from 15-19, are divided into four teams and will face off in a three-day camp with practice sessions, goaltending clinics and a mini-tournament, with the finals going Sunday.

“There’s a few kids that my scouts have had their eye on all year and I’d like to take a look at,” said Smokies coach Bill Birks. “A lot of kids are just coming in for exposure – to get noticed and be on our radar.”

Each skater will be evaluated and given one-on-one face time with the coaching staff after each game on Sunday.

The sessions will also give coaching staff a jump on next season and future Smoke Eaters a chance to impress.

“I don’t know how many, but quite a few will get invited back to main camp.”