Current Conditions

Light Rainshower
12.8°C

Kelowna Rockets hire Jason Smith as new head coach

The Kelowna Rockets have hired Jason Smith as the team's new head coach. Smith, left, is pictured with Rockets President and CEO Bruce Hamilton.
Image Credit: Contributed
July 07, 2016 - 2:00 PM

KELOWNA - The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Smith as the team’s new head coach.

Smith, a former captain of the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers, played 1,008 games over a 15-year career in the NHL, and was most recently an assistant coach with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators for the past two seasons.

“I’m really excited that we have a found a new head coach and I think that he will fit in really well with the team we have and the existing coaching staff,” said Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton. “I  think our players will be really excited to have a coach of this caliber, with this kind of experience as a player and as a coach.”

Smith, 42, is a former WHL player, having played for the Regina Pats, before moving on to the NHL where he played with New Jersey, Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Ottawa. After his retirement in 2008-09, he joined the Senators' organization, first in player development and the past two seasons as an assistant coach, on the bench with the Senators.

“I’m excited,” said Smith, a defenceman as a player. “I think this is a good fit. I’ve had very good conversations with Bruce and I met the coaching staff and I think we have a lot of similar thoughts and beliefs on what it takes to lead a team to success and I’m looking forward to moving to Kelowna and the challenge of coaching the Rockets."

Smith and his wife Wendy have two daughters: One in university and one in Grade 12.

Smith joins assistant coaches Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard on the Rockets bench. Kelowna opens the WHL regular season on Sept. 23 in Kamloops. Its home opener is Sept. 24 and the team opens the 2016 WHL Preseason on Sept. 3.

For the Rockets' full season schedule, click here. 

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2016
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Routine stop in Kamloops turns into yelling match on Halston Avenue
    KAMLOOPS - What should have been a straightforward impaired driving check became tense yesterday as people in two cars yelled at each other about who had guns in their cars, police say. Arou
  • RCMP confirm death of Vernon man was a homicide
    VERNON - What was first described as a suspicious death in Vernon is now being called a homicide by RCMP. Police are officially releasing the identity of a man found dead last Thursday, Mar
  • Kamloops RCMP bust drug dealer
    KAMLOOPS – Police in Kamloops have arrested a Falkland man for drug trafficking following an investigation two weeks ago. RCMP say members of the Street Level Drug Unit conducted an in
  • UPDATE: Man police sought identified
    KAMLOOPS - Kamloops RCMP have spoken with a man they were looking for in connection to a case of false identity. After an RCMP media release this morning, March 29, asking the public for tip
  • First solar road in Canada coming to Kamloops this summer
    KAMLOOPS - The first solar road in Canada will be built this summer at the Thompson Rivers University campus in Kamloops. The Solar Compass Project is due to be installed in June, a year lat
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile