TRAIL, BC – The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club is proud to announce that Mountain FM has come on board as the title sponsor for the Smokies annual exhibition tournament. The event is now known as the Mountain FM Ashes and takes place from September 2nd-4th.
The concept is based on a cricket series between England and Australia dating back to 1882. The winner of the series is awarded an urn carrying ashes of some form of burned cricket equipment. Mountain FM and the Smoke Eaters are now bringing a form of that tradition to the BCHL pre-season event.
During the tournament there will be a symbolic burning to create the ashes that will be awarded to the tournament winner. Since it is only a round robin event the winner will be decided by team records and a list of tie breakers.
“The team at Mountain FM is super excited about presenting the first annual Mountain FM Ashes,” says station program director and morning show host Drex. “It's a great concept for the Smokies and their pre-season tournament.”
“We hope the Smokies can bring it home.”
In addition to sponsoring the tournament, Mountain FM is also entering their 6th season as the radio home of the Smoke Eaters. The station broadcasts every Smokies road game at 104.1 FM in Trail and covers the team extensively on their nightly sports show “Overtime.”
Last year's event was the first of it's kind in Trail and drew over a dozen NCAA schools.
The tournament will include the Smoke Eaters, Penticton Vees, Powell River Kings and Brooks Bandits.
Powell River is the two-time defending BCHL Coastal Conference Champion. They were one game away from representing the BCHL in the 2010 Royal Bank Cup.
Penticton was the third place team in the final CJHL regular season national rankings. 18 Vees on last season's roster earned commitments from NCAA schools.
Brooks brings representation from the AJHL. They finished fifth in the South Division and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2009-10.
Here is the schedule for the event:
Thursday, September 2nd
4:30pm Penticton vs Powell River
7:30pm Brooks vs Trail
Friday, September 3rd
4:30pm Brooks vs Penticton
7:30pm Powell River vs Trail
Saturday, September 4th
10:30am Powell River vs Brooks
1pm Penticton vs Trail
Tickets are available at the door or you can purchase a 6 game pack for $20 at Remax All Pro-Realty in Trail.
For more information on the 2010 Mountain FM Ashes Trail Smoke Eaters exhibition tournament, visit http://www.trailsmokeeaters.com/ or http://www.mountainfm.net/
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