It’s a nice step up. Jordan Smith is moving on from coach-general manager of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to associate coach of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 31-year old Sault Ste. Marie native joins a Sudbury coaching staff under recently-hired bench boss Cory Stillman and holdover assistant Darryl Moxam.
Smith is a former OHL defenseman with the Soo Greyhounds and a second-round National Hockey League draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks from back in 2004. His once-promising playing career was halted by an eye injury.
Having coached in the NOJHL with the Thunderbirds for four years, Smith is looking ahead to his return to the OHL — this time as a coach — 180 miles down the road from the Soo to Sudbury.
“It is an exciting time for the players, staff and loyal fans of the Wolves, as we embark on a new era in Sudbury,” Smith relayed. “I am thrilled to be part of it and can’t wait to get going.”
PHOTO: Coach Jordan Smith, formerly of the NOJHL Soo Thunderbirds, now of the OHL Sudbury Wolves. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)