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Former Viper forward Blaine Caton has signed with the Trail Smoke Eaters.
The 18-year-old Vernon native played eight games with the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Hockey League to start the season, then moved on to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos where he played just four games due to injury and registered an assist.
“He’s an all around solid, good two-way centerman,” said Smoke Eater coach Nick Deschenes. “He played a limited role last season with Vernon as a 17-year-old … and we’ve been looking for that 13th forward here for a little while, and I think he’s going to be a good fit.”
Caton played in 48 games with the Vipers last season, tallying four goals and eight points. He played in 44 games as a 16-year-old forward with the Knights in 2013-14 collecting 24 points.
“He’s a ‘97 so there’s still lots of room for him to develop and grow his game,” added Deschenes.
BCHL teams are allowed to carry 35 cards to start the season, but the number must be reduced to 25 by Dec. 1. The Smoke Eaters are set now with Caton filling out their 22-man roster.
Vernon has one card remaining with the BCHL trade deadline Jan. 10.