Chilliwack hockey products joining BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters

Zach Feaver and Ethan Willoughby are currently stars with the major midget Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

Two Chilliwack products have committed to play for the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters next season.

Zach Feaver is in his third year with the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League’s Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. The 18 year old is enjoying an offensive explosion this season, sitting eighth in the 11 team circuit with 46 points, including 12 goals, in 33 games.

The teenager was part of the 2018 BCMMHL champion T-Birds.

Through 34 games this season, his team is second in the league with a 25-7-0-2 record.

“Zack is a guy who competes every shift with skill and toughness,” said Trail’s assistant general manager, Jeff Urekar, in a release. “He is a well-rounded 200-foot player who sees the ice really well and has a strong hockey IQ.

“Being the captain this year, Zack leads by example and quickly stood out as a player we wanted in our organization.”

Ethan Willoughby is a six-foot-two and 200-pound defenceman in his first season with the Thunderbirds. The 17 year old spent last season with the Abbotsford Pilots of the junior B Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), and was named to the PJHL Prospects team.

He’s got four goals, 11 points and 46 penalty minutes in 34 games this season.

“One of the first thing that stands out about Ethan is his size and strength along with his character,” Urekar said. “On the ice Ethan is a smart player, he has a very simple game but he does everything extremely well, he’s got a great first pass and is a top shut down defenceman matching up against other teams top lines.”

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