Congrats to Smokies alum Cullen Bradshaw, who earlier this month was part of the NCAA Division III national champion St. Norbert College hockey club. The Green Knights won their second straight national crown with a 4-1 victory March 17th over Oswego State. Bradshaw just completed his freshman year after playing his 20 year-old season in Trail. He finished second on the Green Knights in scoring with 30 points.
Congrats as well to Smokies alum Kiefer Smiley, who yesterday was named to the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) All-Rookie Team. Smiley put up a 19-10-2 record with the Mississippi Surge in 2011-12 with a 2.48 GAA and .907 save percentage. The 21 year-old put up 36 wins in two seasons with the Smokies in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Former Smokies blueliner Danny DeKeyser tweeted yesterday he'll be staying another year at Western Michigan University, after months of speculation about whether he'd jump to the NHL. DeKeyser spent the 2008-09 season in Trail as a 17 year-old.
Spring Camp Update: This weekend's Smokies spring camp is full to the brim and ready to roll beginning Friday morning at Cominco Arena. It'll be your first chance to check out the newcomers for your 2012-13 Smokies with action set to go all weekend. The March 11th season-finale in Chilliwack seems like ages ago, hope to see a nice turnout this weekend before the ice gets taken out for the summer.