The Peguis Juniors have found their man. In joining assistants Marty Favel and Michael Spence behind the bench, former OCN Blizzard head coach is jumping ship to the Keystone Junior Hockey League for the coming season.
The 48-year-old product of The Pas took over as head coach of the Blizzard in mid-November of 2014, where he held the position for the next two seasons. Joining the KJHL will see Smith continue to fulfil his love for the game – one that began as a junior player-turned professional over a 17-year playing career.
A former member of the Dauphin Kings, Smith took his talents to Swift Current, before suiting up on the blueline with the Brandon Wheat Kings as well as the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League back in the early 1990s. He played in the ECHL from 1993-97, splitting time with the Erie Panthers, Roanoke Express and the Mobile Mysticks.
The remainder of his professional career came within the COHL, WPHL, CHL and Netherland Hockey League. Smith played out the final four years of his playing days in the Netherlands for the Amsterdam Boretti Tigers and the Bulldogs.
Tryouts for the Peguis Juniors will be held from October 24-25 at the Peguis Multiplex. Players may contact General Manager Ryan McCorrister for more information. The 2020-21 Keystone Junior Hockey League regular season is scheduled to begin November 7.