Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trail-Salmon Arm Trade:


The Trail Smoke Eaters made a bold move yesterday, adding a big piece to their leadership core from a division rival.

The Smokies picked up 20-year-old defenceman and captain Bennett Hambrook from the Salmon Arm SilverBacks for future considerations. For Trail, the deal brings in a veteran, local player - Hambrook is from Kimberley in the East Kootenays. For the Backs, it's their fifth trade in the month of November alone.

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
D Bennett Hambrook (92)
To Salmon Arm SilverBacks:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Smoke Eaters website:

TRAIL -- The Trail Smoke Eaters have completed a trade with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, acquiring defenseman Bennett Hambrook (92) for future considerations.

Hambrook, a 6’, 190-pound defenseman from Kimberley, has 15 penalty minutes in 20 appearances with the SilverBacks this season. In 106 career BCHL games with Trail, Prince George, Vernon and Salmon Arm, the 20 year-old has compiled 7 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).  

And the release from the SilverBacks site:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have a tough announcement to make today as Captain Bennett Hambrook has been traded to the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for Future Considerations.

Hambrook, a 20 year old native of Kimberley, B.C, has been with the SilverBacks since the start of the 2011-2012 season when he endeared himself to teammates and fans with his headstrong leadership and fearless shot-blocking. Hambrook was eventually anointed as the 12th Captain in SilverBacks history in September of 2012.
 
While Hambrook hasn't recorded any goals or assists in the 20 games he's played in this season, the 6'0, 190lbs defender has been a key component to the success of many SilverBack penalty kills and was among the core leadership group assembled within a budding dressing room. Bennett’s dedication to the club and community of Salmon Arm will be missed.
 
Bennett has spent time with the Vernon Vipers, Prince George Spruce Kings and Trail Smoke Eaters prior to joining Salmon Arm and now he heads closer to his hometown of Kimberley to rejoin the Smokies after a brief 2 game stint in 2009-2010. Hambrook played the majority of the 09-10 season with the Nelson Leafs and a trip to Trail as a SilverBack was always a home game for Bennett.
 
SilverBack's GM Troy Mick says it wasn't an easy decision to make; arguably the toughest decision he has ever made.
 
 "You won’t find anyone involved in this organization; at any capacity, who doesn't have the utmost respect for Bennett. His attitude and demeanor are what great leaders are made of and while he's been of invaluable service to our younger players, we feel we're in position to become an even younger team and give Bennett a chance to excel closer to home and continue his NCAA dreams.
 
The organization would like to wish Bennett and his family all the best as he strives to reach his goal of playing at the next level and furthering his education.
 
Games against Trail will now be taken to another level, all the best Hammy. 

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