Veteran Viper acquired by Trail Smoke Eaters

The Trail Smoke Eaters announced the completion of a trade with the Vernon Vipers on Monday.

The Trail Smoke Eaters  announced the completion of a trade with the Vernon Vipers on Monday.

After making room on its roster by dealing four players last week, the Smokies have shored up it’s defense while also adding a character veteran presence.

The Smokies acquired the playing rights to 19-year-old defenseman Max Mowat from the Vipers, that completed a transaction from January.

Mowat, from Vernon,  has played 80 games in the BCHL. The five-foot-11-inch, 185-pound blueliner was also a member of the Vipers’ 2011 Fred Page Cup championship team, and appeared in two games at the RBC Cup in Camrose.

“To get a guy with that kind of winning experience is huge for the players in our dressing room,” stated Smoke Eaters head coach and general manager Bill Birks. “Max will be a leader on our team next year and I anticipate he will play in all situations on our blue line . . . He’s a physical player with a good first pass, and very quick feet.”