Trail Smoke Eaters

The Trail Smoke Eaters fell 6-1 to the Penticton Vees on Sunday, their third loss to the perennial BCHL powerhouse six games into the 20-game season. Photo: Stephen Piccolo

Penticton Vees dominant in win over Trail Smoke Eaters

Trail Smoke Eaters enjoy two day break until their fourth meeting with Penticton Vees on Wednesday

The Trail Smoke Eaters fell 6-1 to the Penticton Vees on Sunday, their third loss to the perennial BCHL powerhouse six games into the 20-game season. Photo: Stephen Piccolo
Ken Koshey received a lifetime honour from the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association for 47 years of coaching minor hockey kids. Photos: Geoff Fontes

Trail minor hockey honours coach for 47 years of service

Koshey was born and raised in Dauphin, Man., where he grew up skating on the prairie ponds

Ken Koshey received a lifetime honour from the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association for 47 years of coaching minor hockey kids. Photos: Geoff Fontes
Trail Smoke Eaters forward Chase Dafoe was named team captain for the upcoming BCHL 20-game season starting on Friday, Apr. 2. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail Smoke Eaters name leadership group

Chase Dafoe will captain the Trail Smoke Eaters when they begin play in the Penticton pod Friday

Trail Smoke Eaters forward Chase Dafoe was named team captain for the upcoming BCHL 20-game season starting on Friday, Apr. 2. Photo: Jim Bailey
On loan from the Langley Rivermen, forward Kalen Szeto will play for the Trail Smoke Eaters during the 20-21 BCHL season. (Dan Ferguson/Langey Advance Times)

Trail Smoke Eaters get big roster boost before season opener

Smoke Eaters open their 2020/21 season on Friday in Penticton

On loan from the Langley Rivermen, forward Kalen Szeto will play for the Trail Smoke Eaters during the 20-21 BCHL season. (Dan Ferguson/Langey Advance Times)
Trail Smoke Eaters goalie Logan Terness and forward Chase Dafoe look forward to some meaningful competition when the BCHL resumes next week. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail Smoke Eaters wrap up quarantine, ready for spring season

“But we’ve made so many concessions this year, we weren’t going to let that stop us.”

Trail Smoke Eaters goalie Logan Terness and forward Chase Dafoe look forward to some meaningful competition when the BCHL resumes next week. Photo: Jim Bailey
Judy Kurtz proudly displays her dad’s Smoke Eater jersey and Canada shirt in a shadow box in her Horseshoe Valley, home. Dick’s favourite hat is perched on top. Photo: Submitted

Remembering a ‘39 Trail Smoke Eater World Champion, a Canadian hockey icon

Born Richard B. Kowcinak on May 25, 1917, in Winnipeg, Dick had a long and successful hockey career

Judy Kurtz proudly displays her dad’s Smoke Eater jersey and Canada shirt in a shadow box in her Horseshoe Valley, home. Dick’s favourite hat is perched on top. Photo: Submitted
Back L-R: George Ferguson, Addy Tambellini, Harry Smith, Norm Lenardon, Ed Cristofoli. Front L-R: President James Cameron (with camera), Walt Peacosh and Harold Jones. Photo: Dave Rusnell c/o Trail Historical Society.

Trail Blazers: A Candid Moment in Time

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Back L-R: George Ferguson, Addy Tambellini, Harry Smith, Norm Lenardon, Ed Cristofoli. Front L-R: President James Cameron (with camera), Walt Peacosh and Harold Jones. Photo: Dave Rusnell c/o Trail Historical Society.
Trail Memorial Centre ice will stay in for month of April. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail Smoke Eaters ask city for arena ice extension

If the camps are unable to go, then the matter will be returned to council for further review.

Trail Memorial Centre ice will stay in for month of April. Photo: Jim Bailey
The Trail Smoke Eaters are in quarantine for two weeks then off to a host city for an 18 game season in April.

Smoke Eaters begin quarantine for BCHL return to play plan

The Trail Smoke Eaters look forward to finishing the year on a competitive note

The Trail Smoke Eaters are in quarantine for two weeks then off to a host city for an 18 game season in April.
Image: Trophy Town trailer

Trophy Town trailer previews film release

Trophy Town, the story of the ‘39 and ‘61 Trail Smoke Eaters set for possible release in March

Image: Trophy Town trailer
Montrose product Connor Jones mixes it up with players at Trail’s Champions Hockey School. Connor will join brother Kellen to play for Vasterviks IsHockey Klubb in the Swedish league in the new year. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Jones twins reunite in Swedish hockey league

Montrose products Connor and Kellen Jones will skate for Vaterviks IK of the Swedish league

Montrose product Connor Jones mixes it up with players at Trail’s Champions Hockey School. Connor will join brother Kellen to play for Vasterviks IsHockey Klubb in the Swedish league in the new year. Photo: Jim Bailey.
Former Trail Smoke Eaters forward Carson Briere earned Rookie of the Week honours for Mercyhurst after tallying a division leading five-points in two games. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Former Smoke Eater earns NCAA Rookie of Week

Smoke Eaters alumnus Carson Briere tallies five points in two games for rookie of week honour

Former Trail Smoke Eaters forward Carson Briere earned Rookie of the Week honours for Mercyhurst after tallying a division leading five-points in two games. Photo: Jim Bailey.
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Connor Jones shares memories of youth and family, life and sports, while growing up in Montrose

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1961-62 Trail Smoke Eaters captain Cal Hockley and Norm Lenardon stop for a photo in front of the mural dedicated to the ‘61 Smoke Eaters and Minor Hockey Day in Canada<font face="Courier New, Courier, monospace" size="3"></font>. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Cal Hockley passes, leaves lasting legacy for the Silver City

Cal was a fixture at the Smoke Eaters games and longtime supporter of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks

1961-62 Trail Smoke Eaters captain Cal Hockley and Norm Lenardon stop for a photo in front of the mural dedicated to the ‘61 Smoke Eaters and Minor Hockey Day in Canada<font face="Courier New, Courier, monospace" size="3"></font>. Photo: Jim Bailey.
‘61 Smoke Eaters captain Cal Hockley and former Trail Mayor Mike Martin drop the puck on a game between the Trail Smoke Eaters alumni and the Montreal Canadians alumni in February, 2018. Photo: Jim Bailey

Senior Smoke Eaters annual Christmas reunion cancelled

The popular dinner sees up to 70 Trail Senior Smoke Eaters and WIHL alumni meet annually in December

‘61 Smoke Eaters captain Cal Hockley and former Trail Mayor Mike Martin drop the puck on a game between the Trail Smoke Eaters alumni and the Montreal Canadians alumni in February, 2018. Photo: Jim Bailey
St. Michael’s Catholic School is one of eight schools receiving a $2,000 donation from the Murphy Family Foundation.

Murphy Family Foundation lends support to West Kootenay schools

The Murphy Foundation provides generous alternative to ‘Trail Smoke Eaters in schools’ campaign

St. Michael’s Catholic School is one of eight schools receiving a $2,000 donation from the Murphy Family Foundation.
Chase Dafoe

Trail Smoke Eaters win high-scoring thriller against the Centennials

Smoke Eater forward Connor Sweeney scores the game winner, upsets a gritty comeback from Merritt

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L-R: Rachel Swanson and Allison McCarthy representing the Trail Smoke Eaters, and Brian Stefani, school principal. Photo: Submitted

Murphy family donates to Greater Trail education

$2,000 USD will go toward elementary school causes

L-R: Rachel Swanson and Allison McCarthy representing the Trail Smoke Eaters, and Brian Stefani, school principal. Photo: Submitted
The Trail Smoke Eaters defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings 2-1 in overtime on Sunday at the Trail Memorial Centre. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Trail Smoke Eaters skate to shootout win over Prince George Spruce Kings

Trail Smoke Eaters shut out Merrit Centennials, beat P.G. Spruce Kings in shootout

The Trail Smoke Eaters defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings 2-1 in overtime on Sunday at the Trail Memorial Centre. Photo: Jim Bailey.
Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Cody Schiavon scored the overtime winner in a 6-5 victory over the Cranbrook Bucks on Saturday in Cranbrook. Jim Bailey photo.

Smoke Eaters take 3-2 Kootenay Cup lead over Bucks with OT win

Cody Schiavon scores overtime winner to lift Trail Smoke Eaters to 6-5 victory over Cranbrook Bucks.

Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Cody Schiavon scored the overtime winner in a 6-5 victory over the Cranbrook Bucks on Saturday in Cranbrook. Jim Bailey photo.