Former Rangers coach Troy Smith talked for the first time about his dismissal by the Kitchener Rangers yesterday when being formally introduced as the new associate coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
And for his part, he took the high road.
Despite some ill conceived timing by the Rangers - firing a guy days after he met the new crop at rookie camp - the former skipper talked highly of his time in Kitchener and enthusiastically about his new gig in the Hammer.
Smith has lots of good memories about FirstOntario Centre, calling it (when it was known as Copps Coliseum) "his Yankee Stadium."
It'll be a bit of a growth year for the 'Dogs who are young but have some intriguing prospects.
Some minor updates on the Rangers' search for a new boss.
Sounds like it'll all be sorted out in the next 2-3 weeks which gives the new coach a few months to get settled before training camp.
Mike Van Ryn has also confirmed that he is weighing a few pro options. The Rangers' associate coach has one year left on his deal but it's his option to return to the Aud.
Note: Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator
OHL all-star teams were released last night. Voting was done by GMs, five points for a first place vote, three for a second and one for a third.
C – Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (93)
LW – Max Domi, London Knights (66)
RW – Mitchell Marner, London Knights (90)
D – Anthony DeAngelo, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (84)
D – Chris Bigras, Owen Sound Attack (70)
G – Lucas Peressini, Kingston Frontenacs (46)
Coach – Sheldon Keefe, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (55)
C – Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (38)
LW – Tyler Bertuzzi, Guelph Storm (35)
RW – Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (38)
D – Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (52)
D – Rasmus Andersson, Barrie Colts (24)
G – Ken Appleby, Oshawa Generals (40)
Coach – Jeff Brown, Ottawa 67’s (46)
C – Joseph Blandisi, Barrie Colts (32)
LW – Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals (26)
RW – Sergey Tolchinsky, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (25)
D – Jakob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (21)
D – Jordan Subban, Belleville Bulls (21)
G – Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers (29)
Coach – D.J Smith, Oshawa Generals (38)