Sabres add another assistant to their coaching staff

July 11, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres have made another hiring to the team's coaching staff on Wednesday, bringing in former Carolina Hurricanes assistant coach Steve Smith to the same role.

Smith has spent nine years coaching in the National Hockey League, serving as an assistant with the Hurricanes, the Edmonton Oilers (2010-14) and the Calgary Flames (1997-98). Smith also spent some time as a scout in the Chicago Blackhawks organization from 2008 to 2010.

With the Hurricanes, Smith was responsible for the team's defense and penalty kill under head coach Bill Peters. During his tenure in Carolina, Smith helped coach the Hurricanes to allow the second-fewest shots allowed per-game in the NHL (28).

The 55-year-old native of Scotland did play 16 seasons in the NHL, playing with the Edmonton Oilers, Blackhawks and Flames. Smith won three Stanley Cups (1987, 1988 and 1990) with the Oilers, and scored 72 goals and 375 points in 804 career games. He also added 52 points (11 goals and 41 assists) in 134 career playoff games.

Smith joins a Sabres coaching staff that already includes associate coach Davis Payne, assistants Chris Hajt and Tom Ward, and goalie coach Andrew Allen.