Head Coach Ottawa Senators
DJ Smith is the head coach of the Ottawa Senators. DJ had spent 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.
In three seasons as head coach in Oshawa, Smith compiled an impressive record and earned the honour of the OHL's Coach of the Year. Before his time in Oshawa, Smith spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. During his tenure in Windsor, the Spitfires captured back-to-back Memorial Cup championships in both 2009 and 2010.
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.
A native of Windsor, Ontario, Smith played his junior hockey with his hometown Spitfires from 1994-97. He’s known as a straight up and hardworking coach – he brings great insights about stick to your goals and giving your best. A leadership and hockey guru.
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