Today, Smith is a senior at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, which goes to nation's top college hockey player.
He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL amateur draft. Smith is a 5-11, 180 pound forward. Here is Smith's bio on the Colgate website.
Smith leads the nation with 36 goals, and is second nationally with 56 points.
The Stars have the rights to another finalist for this award, Reilly Smith from Miami of Ohio.
This is part of the grass roots movement that can happen in the non-traditional states that have an NHL franchise. But it takes about 20 years before you see the little kids that grow up with hockey jump into the sport and start developing into NHL draft worthy talent.
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