The Smokies open the regular season on Friday against the Merritt Centennials. It's the first of back to back games against the Cents at the Cominco Arena. After a very intense season series between the two teams last year I expect to see more of the same when the puck drops.
I told you already who would make up the 22 men on Trail's initial roster this year. Now we can get to know them a little bit. I had a chat with Coach Ingram about the Mountain FM Ashes and their new faces. I also caught up with a couple of those new additions in Adam Boytink and Joey Baker on Overtime.
The home opener will also be (likely) my last game as the Trail Smoke Eaters broadcaster. I intend to enjoy Saturday's game from the stands with my girlfriend Laura. Friday will be a chance to kick the season off and say goodbye at the same time. I've been talking about the building of this team all summer so I thought it would be fun to at least call them in action once. As always we don't do the home games on Mountain FM but it will be available to out of town fans and parents on BCHLPPV. If you live in the area I hope to see you there.
I also wanted to quickly mention that the Smokies have shipped defenceman Cole Gelley to Cowichan Valley for future considerations. Gelley came to Trail in a deal with Surrey and decided life as a Smoke Eater wasn't for him. He went home after the first day of camp and is now headed to Duncan. The Smokies meanwhile are quite happy with the seven veteran defencemen who make up their back end this season.