The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club, in conjunction with the Springfield Thunderbirds (Affiliate of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues) announced today that JORDAN SMITH will join the American Hockey League team as an Assistant Coach for the 2022-23 season.
Smith, a native of Sault Ste. Marie ON, recently completed his 4th season as Associate Coach with the Hounds after originally being hired on July 19, 2018.
With the Hounds, Jordan worked primarily with the team’s defenceman along with skill development of all players and the team’s penalty killing units.
“I’m really happy for Jordan to receive this opportunity. He’s been a great ambassador for the Greyhounds both as a player and now as a coach. As with anyone with our program, being able to see their growth and be able to take the next step is a big part of our program. We are excited to see what the future holds for Jordan” stated Greyhounds General Manager Kyle Raftis.
Prior to joining the Greyhounds Smith held the same position (2017-18) with the Sudbury Wolves.
He began his coaching career with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the SIJHL (2012-13) before spending four seasons (2013-14 to 2016-17) with the Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL.
With the Thunderbirds, Smith led the club to four consecutive West Division titles while accumulating an overall win-loss record of 176-29-10-3 and leading them to the 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central Canadian Championship).
As a player, Smith played his entire major junior career on the blueline of the Greyhounds from 2001-02 to 2004-05.
After being selected in the 2nd Round (39th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Jordan would play two seasons in the American Hockey League before his professional career was cut short due to injury.
He would finish playing as a member of the OUA Lakehead University Thunderwolves.
“I would like to start by thanking my family for their unconditional support in my career. To Tim Lukenda and the entire Greyhounds organization, thank-you for providing me the opportunity the last four years to coach a team that means so much to me. And to the staff, thank-you for the ongoing support and great work environment” began Smith.
He concluded with , “To the Blues organization, thank-you for this opportunity to get back into pro hockey and to take another step in my long term goal of being a coach in the National Hockey League. I’m looking forward to getting started and make this step while feeling humbled and forever grateful to have had the chance to coach with the Soo Greyhounds.”
In Springfield, Jordan will join a pair of former Greyhounds staff in Drew Bannister (Head Coach) and Dan Stewart (Goaltending Coach).