The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to announce the commitment of Bryce Anderson for the 2018-2019 season.
Anderson, a forward, currently plays for the Yale Hockey Academy Prep team after spending last season with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget Hockey League. In 15 games this season, Anderson has registered 27 points for the Yale Prep team and has also tallied two goals in three games as an AP for the Smoke Eaters this year.
The 5’9” Whitehorse native is a player that the Smoke Eaters know well. Assistant coach Jessie Leung was Anderson’s coach for a full season with the Valley West Hawks in 2016-2017 and the young forward spent some time at the start of the season practicing with the team to get a feel for the organization.
“Having the opportunity to practice with the team in Trail for a few weeks and see the town was an unbelievable experience," he said. "The facilities and fan base are amongst the best in the league. I am beyond excited to be suiting up for the Smoke Eaters next season and will continue to work hard to prepare myself to be a key part of the team next season.”
And he's not alone in his excitement.
“The entire organization is excited to add Bryce to the Smoke Eaters next season. He provides speed, skill, and character to our group. Our team and fans have already seen a brief glimpse of what Bryce will add to our lineup and we are very excited for the future with Bryce wearing a Smoke Eater uniform,” said Craig Clare, Director of Hockey and Business Operations.
The commitment of Anderson marks the first signing of a player from the Identification Camp held in Whitehorse this past spring, which is a positive sign of things to come for the future camps to be held in the area. The team is already preparing to return to Whitehorse next May to have another look at the players that are from that area in hopes identifying additional players.
The entire Smoke Eaters organization would like to welcome Bryce and his family to our team. The team and fans alike look forward to following Bryce’s progress this season with Yale and anticipate his arrival in our community next season.