Monday, April 8, 2013

Smokies Add To Coaching Staff

The Smoke Eaters' 2013-14 coaching staff will have one new face, and one familiar face in an augmented role.

First, Barry Zanier has signed on as a full-time assistant after spending the past eleven years as a part-timer. Zanier, a former junior and senior Smoke Eater, has been balancing work with the hockey club along with work as a school-teacher in Rossland.

The Smokies have also hired Craig Clare as an assistant coach. Clare, who was co-Rookie of the Year in the BCHL's Interior Conference as a Smoke Eater in 1998, has been coaching locally within Greater Trail Minor Hockey, most recently at the bantam level.

The full release from the team is here.

At first blush, both hirings look to me like solid moves from the Smoke Eaters standpoint. Zanier already knows the team and the day-to-day operations of the club inside-out, and provides a calming, yet authoritative voice both on the bench and in the dressing room.

Clare, meanwhile, already has a great read on up-and-coming local talent through his work in minor hockey. His three-year BCHL career (two seasons with Trail, one with Victoria) will serve as valuable experience too.

Congrats Barry, and welcome aboard Craig!

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