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Canisius' Smith Receives Contract Extension

CHN Staff Report

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Canisius coach Dave Smith has received a contract extension that will keep him leading the program through the 2012-13 season. Smith is entering his fifth season as head coach of the Golden Griffin program.

“In his four seasons at Canisius, Dave has done an outstanding job of building on the tradition of the Golden Griffin hockey program,” Canisius AD Bill Maher said. “He has developed a program that will compete for the Atlantic Hockey Association Championship and the NCAA Tournament each year. Throughout his tenure, Dave has recruited outstanding student-athletes who represent Canisius College in a positive manner and we look forward to a bright future that our program has under Dave’s leadership.”

Smith has continued to lead the Golden Griffin program to new heights as the head coach. During the 2008-09 campaign, Canisius earned its first victories against a nationally-ranked team, a CCHA school and an ECAC school. In addition, Smith mentored the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year and two All-Atlantic Hockey performers, the first Canisius skaters to earn all-conference honors in 10 seasons.

“The commitment that Canisius College has made to my family and our Golden Griffin program is outstanding," Smith said. "We love the people and the community of Western New York and are excited to continue the building process with our hockey team. Canisius College and the athletic department has allowed us to continue the pursuit of our goals – to graduate students, develop high-level hockey players and work with talented people.”

Before joining Canisius, Smith spent three seasons as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Mercyhurst, helping the Lakers to two league titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. He has also served stints as an assistant coach at Bowling Green and Miami. During his seven years as an assistant, Smith recruited and coached 16 all-league winners, four Players of the Year, two Hobey Baker Finalists and two Rookies of the Year.

Smith graduated from Ohio State in 1992 with a degree in journalism/public relations and then spent the next six years playing professionally.

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