Trail Minor Hockey Association


Trail Pipe Band

The Trail Pipe Band was formed circa 1924.  The first known photo of the Band is dated 1926 with the name "Trail Caledonia Society Pipe Band" on the drum.  Throughout its history, the Band has been sponsored by community groups or organizations and the Band's name has been changed to reflect this support.  Some of these included the Orange Lodge and the Trail Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.  For over 90 years, the Trail Pipe Band has participated in countless community ceremonies and events, as well as Scottish related events, such as Robbie Burns Night and Highland Games, creating a Trail tradition.

The Band members have traveled widely throughout Southeast BC, Washington, and Idaho for community celebrations promoting the City of Trail, providing entertaining music, and adding colour to hundreds of events.  On many occasions they were accompanied by several girls from the Kate Shaw Highland Dance School.

Today, the Trail Pipe Band continues these traditions with dedication and commitment to the City of Trail and are a significant part of our community's culture and history.


Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club


Trevor Johnson


Trevor played his minor hockey in Trail and graduated to the Trail Junior Smoke Eaters in 1997 and then to the Western Hockey League in 1998.  He played 5 seasons with the Kootenay Ice, Seattle Thunderbirds and the TriCity Americans.  He excelled in junior hockey holding several team records by a defenseman.

After completing his junior hockey career he played professionally in the American Hockey League with several US teams from 2003 to 2006.

In 2006, Trevor began his international hockey career playing in the Lega Italina Hockey League.  Trevor has Italian citizenship by virtue of his mother's hertiage, making him eligible to play in Italy.  In Italy, Trevor play in 3 IIHF World Hockey Championship tournaments and has been a member of 2 'B' division World Championship teams.  In 2010, the Italian National Team played in the 'A' division of the World Hockey Championships against the premier hockey teams from Canada and the US.

In the 2009 World Hockey Championship, Trevor was selected the Best Defenseman of the tournament, collecting the most points, goals and assists among defenseman.

Trevor continues to play professionally in Italy.


Velen and Velenka Fanderlik

Velen was born and educated in Czechoslovakia. He displayed artistic ability from an early age, but followed family tradition and became a lawyer, a profession he found both exciting and challenging. Velen and his father were instrumental in organizing the Czechoslovakian Boy Scouts, of which Velen became President.

World War II and the absorption of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union, forced Velen to flee his homeland. He practiced law in England, and also in France, where he worked as an evacuation officer for Czechoslovak refugees.

One of those refugees was Velenka, a fellow Czechoslovak. Velenka was born and educated in Czechoslovakia. After qualifying as a teacher in French, Slovak and German languages, she took a government position in Lens, France teaching expatriate Czechoslovaks. Ordered home when Czechoslovakia was overthrown in 1938, Velenka refused to leave France. In 1939, while Velenka was in charge of a refugee camp, France was invaded by the Germans and Velenka herself became a refugee. After many travels and adventures, she reached the Mediterranean port of Sete. Here she met Velen, who courted her on the voyage to Liverpool, England. Velen and Velenka were married in England in 1941.

Velenka stayed in England, where she became very active in the Girl Guide movement and where she taught the children of Czech refugees for four years. Meanwhile, Velen served as a military judge and became a member of the prosecuting team at the Nuremberg war crime trials.

A visit to Czechoslovakia by Velen and Velenka in 1947 coincided with the Communist element taking control of their homeland. Velen was warned that his name appeared on a list of persons considered dangerous to state security. He and Velenka fled Czechoslovakia illegally to the American zone of West Germany, where they involved themselves in the work of the International Relief Organization. About a year later, they returned to England, but before long, made the decision to relocate in Canada. The couple settled in Vancouver, where Velen worked at the YMCA and studied at the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) to become a teacher. Velenka entered business school.

In 1955, Velen accepted a teaching position at J.L. Crowe Secondary School in Trail. Here, he taught Latin, History, Social Studies, Law and Art until his retirement. He also taught the History of Art at night school classes in Trail and Castlegar and at summer schools at U.B.C. and Notre Dame University in Nelson. Velenka, inspired by one of her husband's art classes, began her study of art in 1958. Her studies took her to summer school at U.B.C., the San Francisco Academy of Arts and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She considered her inspirations to be her Roman Catholic faith, the folklore, customs and culture of Czechoslovakia and her life experiences. Velenka died in Trail in 1980.

Velen never abandoned his art. He studied at the University of Brno, St. Martin School of Art in London, Cambridge University, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, University of British Columbia and the Banff School of Fine Arts. His favorite medium was watercolours, but he also liked oil paints, pastels and other mediums. He became known as a miniaturist and for his lino cuts. Velen died in 1985.


Walter Christianson


Willi Krause

In 1981, Willi Krause was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder in the area of Track and Field.

He was instrumental in having the Trail Track and Field House built.

He also helped develop the Royal Canadian Legion Athletic Program in the 1960's and established the Trail Track and Field Club in 1959.

Formerly a coach of German Olympic contenders, Krause coached many track and field athletes from Trail to provincial, national and international prominence.

In 1963, he was named an Honorary Member of the National Recreation Association of New York, achieving international
recognition for outstanding service to the recreation movement.

In 1964, he was named head coach of B.C.'s contingent to the Olympic and National Championships. He passed away in 2008.

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