New Smoke Eater Bennett Hambrook (7) blocks a shot during a game last season at Cominco Arena (Randy Emery photo)
The Smokies traded for defensive presence, physicality and leadership Tuesday, acquiring Salmon Arm captain Bennett Hambrook for future considerations.
Hambrook, a 20 year-old from Kimberley, isn't a big point producer but lays his body on the line night in, night out in the defensive zone, and was named the 12th captain in Silverbacks history at the outset of the 2012-13 season.
The official release on the Smokies' website is available here.
I'd heard several days ago that Trail bench boss Bill Birks was targeting Hambrook as an addition to an ever-deepening back end, and the 106-game BCHL vet will make an immediate impact with the club with whom he made his Junior "A" debut as an AP. He is expected to join the team in Penticton tomorrow night and could well dress from what I've been told.
Perhaps even more important than his on-ice presence, is what the Silverbacks are saying about Hambrook off the ice. Read more here.
Welcome (back) to Trail Bennett!