May 23, 2019 | 9:30am ET
SENS NAME SMITH HEAD COACH
The Ottawa Senators have named D.J. Smith as the teams’ new head coach, signing him to a three-year contract.
Smith, 42, becomes the 14th head coach in franchise history and joins the club after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined Toronto in 2015-16 after leading the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals to the 2015 Memorial Cup title.
“D.J. Smith is a winner. We believe he is the best person to drive the development and success of the Ottawa Senators,” said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. “D.J is a great communicator and an exceptional strategist. His passionate approach, coupled with his ability to teach the game, is exactly what we were looking for throughout the process. We’re thrilled to welcome D.J. and his family to Ottawa.”
In three seasons as head coach in Oshawa, Smith compiled a record of 135-53-3-13 and earned the honour of the OHL’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Generals to a 42-20-0-6 record in 2013-14. Oshawa finished with a 51-11-2-4 record during their championship season in 2014-15.
Smith has also played professionally, appearing in 45 career NHL games as a defenceman with both the Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche after being selected with the 41st overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 1995 NHL Draft.