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 NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY- HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1999


 Mike Smith - Potsdam


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Mike Smith was born and raised in Potsdam in the 1950's.  He went on to attend Clarkson University before transferring over to Syracuse University where he earned a Doctorate in Political Science and Russian Studies.  After graduation, he pursued his first job in hockey after being appointed the head coaching job at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse before his hiring in the Winnipeg Jets front office.  Mike went on to numerous coaching stints with in the NHL to include.

  • Assistant Coach, New York Rangers
  • 14-years in the Winnipeg Jets organization in various capacities to include General Manager, Head Coach, and Director of Scouting.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs Associate General Manager
  • Director of Hockey Operations, Chicago Blackhawks

Smith has been heavily involved with USA Hockey, having served as the Coach and General Manager for the team's 1981, 1994, and 1995 appearances at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.  In addition, he serves on the advisory board to USA Hockey.

Mike is widowed after his wife Judith succumbed to cancer in the fall of 2000.  The couple had one son Jason.  Mike has authored ten books related to coaching hockey at the grassroots level and is an avid collector of Native American artwork.

 

Mike was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 1999, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great player who has contributed noteworthy service to the sport.
 
 

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.


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