Wolves stay in the north to fill coaching vacancy
by Randy Pascal
The Sudbury Wolves have decided to stick with Northern Ontario in fulfilling their search for a new Associate Coach.
The Wolves announced today the hiring of former OHL defenceman Jordan Smith, a native of Sault Ste Marie who has guided a highly successful
Soo Thunderbirds program in the NOJHL for the past four years.
A member of the Greyhounds from 2001 through to 2005, Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
Though injuries would limit him to just 60 games in the pros (AHL), Smith would follow-up a five year stint with the Lakehead Thunderwolves, moving
quickly to the coaching ranks.
"This would not be possible without the support of my family, the Thunderbirds organization and my former players, for the opportunity to begin my
coaching career, and for that I will be forever grateful,” stated Smith in a media release issued by the Wolves.
The hiring of Smith drew some impressive endorsements from a couple of friends from his time in Sault Ste Marie. "“I am so excited for both Jordan and
the Sudbury Wolves," noted former OHL and NHL coach Craig Hartsburg.
"Jordan will work relentlessly to make the Wolves an upper echelon team. The Wolves have hired a character person who will be a great addition to Cory’s
staff”. No surprise to those who have followed his tenure in the NOJHL that the mention of "character" was repeated time and time again.
“Over my 25+ years of knowing Jordan Smith, dating back being elementary school classmates and minor hockey defence partners, I have come to know him as
a person of great character and admire his ability to overcome the many obstacles on his path in hockey, and in life," stated Kyle Dubas,
assistant General Manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"Jordan has done a terrific job with the Sault Thunderbirds, and in my time with the Soo Greyhounds, he did an excellent job developing the Greyhound
prospects that played for him. He is a tough, demanding and caring coach and person. The Sudbury Wolves players who play for him will have the opportunity
to learn and develop immensely from his lessons, both on and off the ice."