I took in the last scrimmage of the day at Day One of Smokies camp at Cominco Arena. Goals were few and far between with Team Blue edging Team Gold 2-0, but there was no shortage of speed and competitiveness from veterans and rookies alike on the ice.
One of the Gold players who should make a big impact on this year's Smoke Eaters is d-man Nick Wong. To hear our brief chat click here.
Blue's forward ranks were led by overager, and local product Logan Proulx. To listen to our conversation click here.
I understand the roster should be cut down by tomorrow's intra-squad game (1:00, Cominco Arena). Without naming names, there were a couple of players I noticed last night who are looking to make the jump from major midget, should be interesting to see whether they'll be a part of tomorrow's action.
Nitehawks Camp Begins: The Beaver Valley Nitehawks get camp underway today in Fruitvale, though a handful of players (who either spent the whole year in BV or were listed as affiliates) were on the ice in Trail yesterday. Head coach Terry Jones expects to ice another competitive squad despite expecting a fair amount of turnover from the 2010-11 team that I thought could well have been a dark horse in last year's KIJHL playoffs. I chatted with Coach Jones earlier this week, listen here.
Bits & Bites: I ran into Creston Valley head coach/GM Brent Heaven at the rink last night, I understand the Thunder Cats will be sporting new uniforms this season (though it's still anyone's guess as to when they can move into their newly-renovated facility). Trail's camp features roster players who represented four of the five Neil Murdoch division teams last season in the KIJHL (those being Castlegar, Nelson, Beaver Valley and Spokane).