The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to introduce Jordan Smith as the new Associate Coach of the Hockey team working along side Head Coach Cory Stillman and Assistant Coach Darryl Moxam. Smith, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, played four years with the Greyhounds between 2001 and 2005, suiting up for 224 regular season and play-off games in the Ontario Hockey League.
Smith was drafted in the second round by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2004 Entry draft and played 60 games in the American Hockey League before his career was cut short due to injury. Smith played out his hockey career in the OUAA with the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. Smith, a graduate of Lakehead began his coaching career in 2012-13 with the Thunder Bay North Stars and most recently for the past 4 seasons coaching with the Soo Thunderbirds in the NOJHL.
“It is an honour to join the Sudbury Wolves Organization and be given an opportunity to work with Cory (Stillman) and the entire staff at building this team into an OHL contender,” said Smith. “It is an exciting time for the players, staff and loyal fans of the Wolves, as we embark on a new era in Sudbury. I am thrilled to be apart of it and can’t wait to get going. 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.”
“After an extensive search I am happy to announce Jordan as our Associate Coach. Jordan was a strong defenceman in this league (OHL) and a 2nd Round draft choice of Anaheim in 2004,” said Stillman. “For the past 4 season’s he’s been coaching the Soo Thunderbirds with great results and great success and I am excited he will be joining Darryl Moxam and myself on the coaching staff. I believe his experience as a defencemen will strengthen our D-core. He is a good person who overcame a tough career ending injury and he has persevered. He is someone who I believe makes our entire team stronger moving forward.”
“This is another key person in the program. Jordan exemplifies the characteristics we hold in high regard and it starts with player development,” said Rob Papineau, Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. “Cory led the search for the person he saw had the skill and capability to the management of the bench and complement how our systems will be developed and implemented. Together we think Jordan will have an immediate impact.”
Fans will have their first chance to meet Jordan in August and he moves to town to get settled into the role starting with the Wolves Hockey Camp in August and then getting ready for training camp which opens on September 1st, 2017.
What the Hockey World is saying:
“I am so excited for both Jordan and the Sudbury Wolves! 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”.
Craig Hartsburg, Former Head Coach NHL and OHL
“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 that he has had placed in his way on his path in hockey and in life.
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. The Sudbury Wolves are very lucky to have Jordan Smith.”
Kyle Dubas, Assistant General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs