Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Trail and Cowichan Valley Hook Up for Huge BCHL Trade:

Jim Ingram made his first trade with his former team as Cowichan Valley picked up F Travis St. Denis (92) from Trail for F Chase Kaiser (92), D Nicholas Wong (91) and F Clayton Chessa (91).

Obviously Ingram knows St. Denis very well after his years in the Kootenays and you have to wonder if there may be other moves between the former Smokies coach and GM and Bill Birks, who took over when Ingram resigned earlier this off-season.

Here's the release from the Smoke Eaters website:

TRAIL, BC – The Trail Smoke Eaters have bolstered their depth by adding three BCHL veterans in a trade with the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Trail sent three year Smoke Eater Travis St. Denis (92) to the Capitals for F Chase Kaiser (92), F Clayton Chessa (91) and D Nicholas Wong (91).

“We're excited to get these players here," said Trail Coach Bill Birks. "They are veterans who have proven themselves in this league."

"They are coming here to play big minutes and have a lot of responsibility."

Kaiser, Chessa and Wong were the three top scoring returning players on the Capitals roster.

Kaiser scored 12 goals last season for Cowichan Valley. It was the second full BCHL season for the 5'9, 170lbs Duncan product.

Chessa has collected 40 points over 92 games in the BCHL with the Capitals, Quesnel Millionaires and Surrey Eagles. The 5'11, 190lbs forward comes to Trail in his 20 year old season as a veteran of both the Interior and Coastal Conference grind.

Wong was the second leading scoring defenceman on the Capitals roster. He scored 24 points in 56 games last season. The 6'0, 198lbs Burnaby product has played three seasons and 157 games in the BCHL.

St. Denis leaves the Smoke Eaters after three impressive seasons with his hometown team. He produced 137 points over 149 games with Trail. St. Denis also earned a scholarship to Quinnipiac in NCAA Division 1 while donning the orange and black.

The Smoke Eaters organization would like to welcome Kaiser, Chessa and Wong to Trail, and thank St. Denis for all he has contributed to the franchise.

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