“Tanner is a guy that we identified last year and we believe he has a lot of upside. He is a big kid that skates well and has some offensive touch as well,” said Rivermen Head Coach Bobby Henderson.
Clarkson had his best season statistically a year ago putting up 11 goals and 7 assists in 33 games played with the ‘Smokies. This season he has only played six games thus far and has added one goal.
“I think Tanner will add to our overall team speed and will definitely add depth up front for us,” continued Henderson, “he had a pretty decent year a season ago and we are excited to add him to the organization”.
As for Chichkin, the numbers on the blue line were adding up, which meant a drop in ice time for the second year defenseman,
“We felt we needed to get Valik to a place where he was going to have an opportunity to get the minutes he needs to continue his development. We are sad to see him go because he is such an outstanding young man, but at the end of the day he has got to go where there is more opportunity,” finished Henderson.
Chichkin, a 6’3”, 190-pound defenseman from Burnaby, has 2 points in 9 appearances with the Rivermen this season. As a 17 year-old rookie, he scored 1 goal and 14 points with Langley in 54 regular-season games. He was also selected in the 2009 Western Hockey League bantam draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Clarkson scored 1 goal in 6 games this season with the Smokies after being acquired in December of 2011 from the Nanaimo Clippers. In 39 career games with the Smoke Eaters, Clarkson tallied 12 goals and 19 points.
Chichkin is expected to join the Smoke Eaters for their regular-season game Saturday, October 27th in Salmon Arm. The Smokies host the Victoria Grizzlies Friday (7:30 PM, Cominco Arena).