|Jason Matthew Smith
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 220 pounds
Born: 11.2.73 Calgary, Alberta
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Steve Sullivan and the rights to Alyn
McCauley for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett, and Devils' 4th round pick in the 1999 E.D., 2.25.97
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Playing in the WHL affords a young player the chance to play tough hockey night in and night out, and that's what
Smith ultimately brought to the NHL.
He also brought some leadership qualities, which would be called upon later in his career.
He would split time between New Jersey and Albany his rookie year, but comfortably made the rookie status cutoff,
playing in 41 games.
A knee injury limited Smith to 9 games in 94-95, 2 in New Jersey, and 7 in Albany, but he would be with the River Rats
for their run for the Calder Cup. Actually, he captained that team.
He would play for the Leafs for a couple of seasons before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. He would be named
their captain after Doug Weight was traded and go on to serve the longest tenure in team's history, which even surpasses
Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. That time also includes a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006.
He would play for the Flyers for one season, and that season he served as their captain as well. Some considered it a
placeholder until Mike Richards was ready to take the role on.
He would also play one season for the Ottawa Senators before retiring in 2009. A few years later, he joined their
player development staff, which ultimately lead to being an assistant coach for 2 seasons.
He would be hired as head coach of the Kelowna Rockets during the summer of 2016.
|Entry Draft: 1992 First Round Pick (18th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise