The Trail Smoke Eaters have added centre Jason Stefanek from the Wenatchee Wild in exchange for forward Trey Fechko.
Stefanek, 18, is entering his second season in the BCHL and is committed to Dartmount College (NCAA) for the 2024-25 season. He scored 10 goals and added 18 assists for 28 points last season while playing with the Wild. In 2021-22, he played with Mount St. Charles Academy 18U AAA and posted 43 goals and 54 helpers for 97 points in 62 games.
“Jason is a player that will bring speed, skill and a high IQ to our team,” Smokies general manager and head coach Tim Fragle said in a news release. “We have tracked Jason for some time and believe he has high potential to make big contributions this coming season.”
Fechko, 19, meanwhile, finished eighth on the team in scoring last year with nine goals and 14 assists in 25 games. It was his first season in the BCHL.