Bucks bring new weaponry into Saturday night battle with the Smoke Eaters

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The BC Hockey League trade deadline passed this week, and the Cranbrook Bucks managed to add to their roster without losing anyone from the current team.

The Bucks announced they have acquired 2004-born forward Carter Schmidt from the West Kelowna Warriors in exchange for future considerations.

Schmidt got into 21 games with West Kelowna this season, contributing two goals and three assists.

During last year’s pod season, Schmidt was a point-per-game player through four games with the Warriors, chipping in two goals and two assists.

Back in 2019-20, Schmidt contributed 15 goals and 35 assists for 50 points in just 29 games with the Okanagan Rockets of the BC U16 AAA League.

He also played five games with the U18 AAA Rockets that season, where he added a goal and three assists.

At first glance, Schmidt seems to be the type of player that will fit seamlessly into the Bucks fast-paced, high-skilled style.

Cranbrook also confirmed that 2003-born forward Jaden Fodchuk — who had been with the team as an affiliate player — is added to the roster for the rest of the season.

Fodchuk is no stranger to the Bucks, having played four games with the team as an affiliate player during the pod season.

After his four games last season and a pair of games this season with the Bucks, Fodchuk is still looking for his first BCHL point.

He found success as a first-year player with the KIJHL’s Princeton Posse this season, scoring 19 goals and adding 12 assists for 31 points in 26 games.

Fodchuk spent the 2019-20 season playing with current Bucks forward Hayden Gelbard and the Vancouver NW Hawks of the BC U18 AAA league, where he contributed 11 goals and 11 assists in 39 games.

After having their Thursday night game against Wenatchee postponed, the Bucks are back in action on Saturday night for the first time in a week.

Cranbrook is facing the Trail Smoke Eaters for the ninth time this season.

The Bucks are 5-2-1 through the first eight meetings, and have won four straight against the Smoke Eaters.

Tonight’s contest is the only one this week for the Bucks, before they head out on the road next weekend to Wenatchee and West Kelowna.

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