Second-year forward Brian Smith brings a big presence on the ice. Standing at 6’1 and weighing in at a solid 202 pounds, there’s no doubt that Smith brings a pretty physical game to the table.
The 20-year-old is a Dracut, Massachusetts native, just a short half-hour drive away from Haverhill. He first laced up a pair of skates at age three and has been on the ice ever since.
“I played my first hockey game at age five for the Greater Lowell Hawks. I got into hockey because I loved watching it and going skating as a kid, I loved watching Bruins games with my dad every chance I got,” said Smith.
Smith spent his youth hockey career locally with the Greater Lowell Hawks, the Huskies, the Lowell Riverhawks, PHD (now the New England Stars), the Boston Jr. Rangers, and eventually wound up with the Valley Jr. Warriors program.
With 8 goals and 14 assists in 28 games, Smith is currently tied with his teammate Jimmy Pelton in points.
Part of what makes the power forward such a strong contributor on the ice is his willingness to get in the corners and sacrifice his body, “My style of play is a very physical style, I enjoy hitting and have no problem going to the corners,” Smith said.
Not only a physical player, Smith is also known for his powerful shot and strong play-making ability.
Smith aspires to play some level of college hockey. While he has spoken to a few schools, he is still open to looking into new schools as well.
The team is currently on break and will resume play on Friday, January 5, 2018 here at the Haverhill Valley Forum against the East Coast Wizards with puck drop at noon.
The squad faced off against the Wizards back in early December falling short 3-1 but Smith says he thinks the team will come out flying after break. “Since that game we have made some defensive changes and I think we are going to come out of the break on fire. The boys are ready to get back to work and we have all become comfortable with each other to the point where we can play with anyone and have a good connection to play well.”