Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ingram and Ferner Discuss Brodie Turning Pro

A tip of the hat to Brian's Making Cents blog for breaking the news that former Trail Smoke Eater Cam Brodie is headed to the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch. Brodie was at the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL training camp and is turning pro. He was scheduled to start his NCAA Division 1 scholarship at Colgate this year, but it looks like another opportunity has convinced him to take a different road. I talked to Cam really briefly this afternoon and from what I gather he's very enthusiastic about the opportunity with the Blue Jackets. I'll try to get an interview for Mountain FM's Overtime shortly.

It's no surprise there would be professional interest in Brodie. He's big, ridiculously strong and yet quite mobile. Cam thinks the game well and has some underrated offensive instincts. He was also a part of Vernon's dominating run to the Royal Bank Cup last season. Brodie really came into his own during his two seasons in Trail. That's when he proved he could be one of the most dominant blue liners in the league. It also means there's another Smokies alumni in the pro ranks who will be a class act and great ambassador for the BCHL.

I had a chance to talk to both Smokies Coach Jim Ingram and Vernon Coach Mark Ferner today in preparation for tomorrow night's Trail home opener. Both of them gave me a couple of words on Brodie's new opportunity.

Jim Ingram on Brodie

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Mark Ferner on Brodie

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