BACK IN OHL
SMITH TO COACH SPIRIT,
It was back in late October that Hamilton Bulldogs associate coach and assistant general manager Troy Smith left the team to pursue an opportunity outside hockey.
On Monday, he returned to the game.
The 39-year-old Hamilton native was introduced as the head coach of the Saginaw Spirit, taking a job that will be a major challenge. The Spirit finished near the bottom of the standings in each of the past three seasons and has won just one playoff game since 2013.
Smith is a veteran of the Ontario Hockey League, having spent nine seasons in various roles — including head coach — with the Kitchener Rangers prior to joining the Bulldogs. He has also coached Canada internationally.
Saginaw had to find a new coach when their bench boss resigned to take a job in the American Hockey League, just a couple weeks ago.
The Spirit makes its lone trip to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs on Dec. 9.