Former Leaf D-man Bennett Hambrook now patrols Smokies blueline

first_imgFormer Nelson Leafs defenceman Bennett Hambrook is back in the region, this time playing for the Trail Smoke Eaters after the Silver City squad acquired SilverBacks defenceman for future considerations.The 6’, 190-pound defenceman from Kimberley, has 15 penalty minutes in 20 appearances with the SilverBacks this season.In 104 career BCHL games with Trail, Prince George, Vernon and Salmon Arm, the 20 year-old has compiled seven points and 125 penalty minutes.He was named the SilverBacks’ captain to start the 2012-13 season. “Bennett is a gritty, responsible D-man who isn’t afraid to mix it up physically,” said Smoke Eaters head coach/general manager Bill Birks.“His BCHL experience and leadership qualities will resonate in our dressing room and we’re thrilled to get him.”Prior to making the jump to the BCHL in 2010, Hambrook was a member of the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs, putting up 13 points (1-12) and 242 penalty minutes as Nelson reached the league final during the 2009-10 season.He made his BCHL debut as an affiliate player with the Smokies, appearing in 2 games during the 2009-10 season.Hambrook is expected to join the Smoke Eaters for their regular-season game Wednesday, November 21st in Penticton.The Smokies host his former club, the SilverBacks Friday (7:30 PM, Cominco Arena).Trail is fourth in the Interior Division behind front-running Penticton Vees with an 11-13-0-1 record.last_img

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