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Smoke Eaters to host four-team preseason tourney

A trio of British Columbia Hockey league teams will be joined by an Alberta opponent in Trail later this month for a four-team exhibition tournament prior to the beginning of the 2009/10 regular season.

The Trail Smoke Eaters will welcome the Penticton Vees, the Powell River Kings and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits to the Cominco Arena from Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30th.

Several NCAA scouts have also confirmed their attendance at this tournament, including Trail as a stop on their pre-season recruitment campaigns.

“This is going to be an important part of getting our teams ready for the season, but at the end of the day it’s really about getting some scouting looks for the players,” Smoke Eaters head coach Jim Ingram says. “We’re starting out as a four-team tournament but we’ll try and build it next year and make this an annual event.”

For full tournament details, including weekend game schedule and ticket prices, please check the website at

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, August 28th:

3:00 PM — Powell River vs. Penticton

7:00 PM — Brooks vs. Trail

Saturday, August 29th:

3:00 PM — Penticton vs. Brooks

7:00 PM — Powell River vs. Trail

Sunday, August 30th:

11:00 AM — Brooks vs. Powell River

2:00 PM — Penticton vs. Trail