Flashback Friday – Mark Smith

Mark Smith spent four years with the Crusaders and was a key contributor from the blue line. His first year came in 1999, as a 16 year-old Smith played in 59 games during his rookie season. Over his next three seasons, Smith skated in over 150 games in a Cru uniform and contributed to the box score 68 times. At the end of the 2002-03 season, the blueliners time in Sherwood Park was up and his next step in his hockey career would be further north, playing for the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

The Edmonton native called Alaska home for the next four years. Smith skated in 129 games, scoring 47 points. In his fourth year in Alaska, the blueliner had the “A” sewn onto his jersey.

Once his four years were up, his first stop as a professional hockey player was with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. Smith spent one year with the Checkers before moving on to the Rocky Mountain Rage of the Central Hockey League.

Smith’s career was then moved overseas to play in the EIHL, in the United Kingdom. In 2009, he became a member of the Edinburgh Capitals scoring 25 points in 56 appearances.

The following season, Smith moved to the Cardiff Devils which he then called home for the next four years.

In 2015, Smith was sent to the Coventry Blaze for one season. Smith finished off that season with four points but did come away with an EIHL Championship. Smith then make his way back to Cardiff, but only played in eight games. Currently, he now plays in the EPIHL for the Swindon Wildcats.