Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9th Smokies Alumni Update

(Jason Bay and Shawn Horcoff on CBC)

Before we get to the stats, here's former Smoke Eater Shawn Horcoff and Trail's Jason Bay paired up in an interview on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. Both men continue to make the West Kootenay proud in their respective sports. Thanks for Guy Bertrand for the heads up that this interview was going down on the weekend. If only the World Baseball Classic was going better for Canada. Looks like they might be done early.

I'm going to try and keep a running list of where to get statistical updates on former Smoke Eaters that are playing hockey around the globe this season. This is an incomplete list and I'll be updating it as often as I can. If you have a link to a player I have not been able to find please pass it along at

(Grant Rollheiser with BU)

After a couple of shaky starts in the fall freshman Grant Rollheiser seemed to lose the battle for the Boston University starter's job. However, he recently starred in a relief performance and has taken advantage of some opportunities to show what he can do. It's another late season run from Rollheiser who became a star in both the KIJHL (for Nelson) and BCHL (for Trail) with his spectacular play in the second half of the saeson. It looks like he's doing it again. The Maple Leafs draft pick shut out Providence to help secure BU's regular season title. It was his first NCAA shut out. As always for more information on Rollie and BU check out The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog. As you can hear on the blog, BU Coach Jack Parker was very proud of "Roloson" for getting the victory. Oops. They do have the same nickname and jersey number so you can forgive Parker for the slip.

The BCHL careers of former Smokies Brad Davis, Nathan Westover and Brian Kang have now come to an end after their teams were eliminated from further competition. Congrats to all three for long and impressive junior careers. Hopefully the dream doesn't end here. Chad Gehon could also be playing his last junior games with Westside down 2-0 to Salmon Arm after the first weekend of their series. The Warriors have had to play without Justin Schultz and any team is going to hurt when their best player is injured.

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