Where Are They Now? Mark Smith

Mark Smith was a member of the Sherwood Park Crusaders from 1999 to 2003.

Over his four seasons with the Crusaders, Smith skated in 238 games – second-most games played in franchise history – and scored 116 points (34G, 82A). At the end of the 2002-03 season, the defenceman's 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, he spent a couple of seasons in North America playing for the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) and the Rocky Mountain Rage (CHL). Eventually, he took his talents to Great Britain where he would spend the rest of his playing career.

Smith suited up for four different teams in Britain – the Edinburgh Capitals, Cardiff Devils, Coventry Blaze and Swindon Wildcats – and became an EIHL champion with the Blaze in 2015.

Now days, the former Crusaders has hung up the skates and is now the Assistant Coach for the Cardiff Fire of the NIHL.