Troy Smith – Head Coach
Troy Smith was named the eighth Head Coach in Saginaw Spirit history in August of 2017.
Smith comes to the Spirit from the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL, where he spent two seasons as their Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager. Previous to his coaching experience with the Bulldogs, Smith spent nine seasons with the Kitchener Rangers in multiple roles. From 2006-2013, Smith was an Assistant Coach under current San Jose Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer and Assistant Coach Steve Spott. After winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions in 2008, the Rangers were finalists in the MasterCard Memorial Cup that same year. Smith was part of the Kitchener Rangers team that appeared in the Western Conference Finals in 2010 and again in 2012.
Heading into the 2013-14 season, Smith was promoted to Head Coach of the Rangers. Inheriting a young team, Smith saw a 25-point improvement during the 2014-15 season.
Smith also has coaching experience at the international level, coaching in Hockey Canada’s Under-17 program from 2009-2013, and again in 2018. As an Assistant, Team Ontario won two gold medals in three years. Smith was promoted to Head Coach of Team Ontario in 2012, where they won a Bronze medal.
Smith also enjoyed a successful playing career that began in 1995 when he was drafted by the Detroit Jr. Red Wings in the fourth round of the OHL Priority Selection. Smith played four seasons for the Detroit Jr. Whalers/Plymouth Whalers, coached by his future boss Peter DeBoer. Smith was extended invites to NHL camps in Colorado in 1996 and Carolina in 1998. After playing four years in the OHL, Smith put his education package to use and went to play hockey at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. The X-Men were National Finalist in 2001 and 2003, before winning the National Championship in 2004. Smith also played professionally with time spent in the United Hockey League, Elite Ice Hockey League (United Kingdom), and the ECHL.