Windsor Native D.J. Smith Hired By The Toronto Maple Leafs
Tuesday June 16th, 2015
Posted at 5:21pm
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Windsor native D.J. Smith has been named an assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Smith, 38, spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals. During the 2014-15 season, Smith compiled a regular season record of 51-11-2-4 on route to winning both the Ontario Hockey League Championship and Memorial Cup Title.
Prior to his time with the Generals, Smith was an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires for six seasons. During his time in Windsor, the team won back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships.
As a player, Smith appeared in 45 career NHL games as a defenceman with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche. He also spent parts of six seasons with the St. John’s Maple Leafs (AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) from 1996-2002. Smith was selected 41st overall by the New York Islanders in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Smith played his junior hockey with the hometown Windsor Spitfires from 1994-1997.