Posted: Sep 03, 2009
Smith, a six-foot-two, 225 pound athlete from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is a two-time OUA all-star and one-time CIS all-Canadian. He becomes the Thunderwolves' fourth captain and the first defensemen to done the "C".
A political science student with eventual plans to become a teacher, Smith follows in the tracks of former captains Andrew Brown (2007-09), Jeff Richards (2006-07), and Scherban, the Wolves' original on-ice leader (2001-06).
Coach Scherban says that Smith's dedication and overall contributions to the Wolves and to the Thunder Bay community make him the right fit to lead his hockey team.
"We are extremely happy to name Jordan Smith as the captain of the Thunderwolves hockey team for the upcoming season," Scherban said. "Through speaking with returning players and coaches over the past few months it is clear that Jordan has earned everyone's respect and confidence through his continuous demonstration of leadership both on and off the ice."
Jordan Smith's hockey career has followed an unlikely path since his days with his hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.
Drafted 39th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Smith progressed to the team's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates for the 2005-06 season. There, a deflected puck literally veered Smith's life in a completely different direction.
Stuck by a slap shot, Smith's left eye was severely lacerated during a game with the Manchester Monarchs. Surgeons could not save the eye, and the Smith now wears a prosthetic.
Eight months after the incident, former Wolves head coach Pete Belliveau travelled to the Soo and talked with Smith about coming to Lakehead. He became a mid-season addition to the Lakehead roster in January 2007, and made an immediate impact.
In his first full season with the Pack, Smith imposed his physical will on several unlucky opponents, earning CIS all-Canadian and OUA all-star first-team honours while scoring six goals, 17 assists for 23 points in 42 games.
He was an assistant captain in 2008-09, and earned OUA second team all-star honours despite missing time due to injury. The Hockey News also recognized Smith as the "hardest hitter in the CIS".
This season will mark Smith's first as a captain of any team. He spent two season wearing an "A" with the Greyhounds.
"It's a special feeling to know that your coaches and teammates have trust in you and confidence that you can lead the team to a national championship," Smith said.
Smith has two years of CIS eligibility remaining and will give teeth to a Thunderwolves team that will host the CIS Cavendish University Cup this March at the Fort William Gardens.
JORDAN SMITH PROFILE
Height, weight: 6'2", 225 lbs.
DOB: November 4, 1985
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Eligibility: 4th year
Program, Year of Study: General Arts, 3rd year
CIS Career Stats: 95 GMS, 8 G, 34 A, 42 PTS, 192 PIM
Source: Lakehead Thunderwolves