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Trail Smoke Eaters: Graduating players and eligible returnees

The Trail Smoke Eaters finished eighth in the BC Hockey League this season with a 20-27-3-4 record and qualified for the Fred Page Cup playoffs. This is the sixth consecutive year the Smokies have qualified for the post-season although they were eliminated in the first round by the Penticton Vees in four straight games.

The Smoke Eaters have five players committed to NCAA Division I schools for this September, one player in Jordan Hendry who is committed to U SPORTS, and two aging out in Ethan Willoughby and Evan Bushy.

Trail’s general manager and head coach Tim Fragle has eight forwards, four defenders, and two goalies eligible to return.

These numbers will likely change as players move to other leagues like the Western Hockey League, US Hockey League, or North American Hockey League. They may drop down to junior B, be sent away in trades, retire, or wind up committing to college before September and don’t return to their BCHL clubs.

The depth chart is based on the league going with a 24-player roster next season and coaches going with 14 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders.

Graduating players

Nicholas Remissong (Air Force Academy)
Mathieu Cobetto-Roy (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Ethan Mann (University of Wisconsin)
Brady Hunter (Merrimack College)
Trey Fechko (Arizona State University)
Jordan Hendry (University of Waterloo)
Ethan Willoughby (aged out)
Evan Bushy (aged out)

Eligible returnees (* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 14 forwards and eight defenders)

Maxim Potvin (03)
Adam Parsons (03)
Adam Marshall (03)
Ridge Dawson (04)
Josh Schenk (04)
Rhett Hamilton (04)
Judah Makway (04)
Conner Seeley (05)

Ethan Warrener (03)
Alec Whipple (04)
Brody Juck (05)
Brady Smith (05)

Keegan Maddocks (03)
Teagan Kendrick (04)