Soo Thunderbird coach Jordan Smith is headed east to join the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves as an associate coach for the fall of 2017. The Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native leaves the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Thunderbirds after four seasons with the Sault Ste Marie based junior ‘A’ hockey franchise.
In 2004, Smith was drafted 39th overall by the National Hockey League’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim before a career ending injury where he headed to Thunder Bay to attend Lakehead University to play of the Lakehead Thunderwolves. This is where Jordan decided to try his hand at coaching when he helped the Midget AAA Thunder Bay North Stars in 2012 – 2013. At the end of the 2013 season in Thunder Bay, the Thunderbirds hired Smith to guide the NOJHL Thunderbirds.
In 2014 – 2015 and 2015 – 2016, the Sault Ste Marie native led the Soo to NOJHL back to back Copeland McNamara Cup titles along with a Dudley Hewitt Cup championship in 2015. In 2014 and 2015, Smith was named the NOJHL Coach of the Year along with adding to his NOJHL accolades and as a 30 year old, Jordan set a NOJHL record with the most wins in a season with 48 and most points and finishing first overall in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Smith also was the Team NOJHL assistant coach in 2013 – 2014 as well as head coach in 2014 – 2015 at the Central Canada Cup Challenge.
“It’s an honour to be chosen as the associate coach of the Sudbury Wolves. I can’t wait to get going it is a great opportunity” said Smith.