Doug Smith (author)
Smith in 2012
December 27, 1964 |
Hanover, Massachusetts, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Carolina Thunderbirds
Miramichi Gagnon Packers
Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL)
Doug Smith (born December 27, 1964) is a American retired minor-league ice hockey player who co-authored a biography about his time spent playing professional hockey, Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, with Adam Frattasio. The book was later made into a film starring Seann William Scott in the role based on Smith. The sequel to the popular independent comedy is Goon: Last of the Enforcers . Smith's role on the teams he played for was that of the enforcer, which led the Hanover, Massachusetts native to average 6.73 penalty minutes per game over his 60-game career.
Smith's athletic career started with boxing, which culminated in a split-decision loss in the Massachusetts heavyweight Golden Gloves final in 1984. While training at the Hanover Police Boys' Club, his friend, Adam Frattasio, encouraged him to try hockey fighting. He first laced up skates at the age of 19, played in amateur leagues at 21, and made his first minor-league hockey team at 24 when he won a championship with the Carolina Thunderbirds of the first-year East Coast Hockey League during the 1988-89 season. Smith went on to play for six other teams in three leagues, his most productive tour being with the Miramichi Gagnon Packers of the New Brunswick Senior Hockey League. Smith received additional invitations to continue playing in the States, particularly to finish out seasons for teams in various lower minor-leagues, but his new job as a police officer in Massachusetts limited his opportunities to participate in sporadic games with the intention of fighting the opponent's toughest player(s).
After retiring from hockey, Smith has worked as a coach within the Boston Bruins organization, showing their players how to defend themselves. He enjoyed a 20-year stint as an assistant coach for the three-time state-champion Hanover High School hockey team, and has logged significant time as an on-ice official, including two years patrolling the ice in the professional Federal Hockey League. He continues to work as an on-ice hockey-fight trainer, working with such NHL heavyweights as Steve MacIntyre and John Scott.
Awards and accomplishments
- 1988-89, Riley Cup winner (Carolina Thunderbirds)
- 2012, Hanover High School Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
- Doug Smith career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Davy Rothbart Interviews Doug Smith for Grantland
Video of Smith working with MacIntyre and Scott can be seen at this address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhP5Yiawe0.
- Badzmierowski, Brian (3 Jan 2011). "Upcoming movie 'Goon' tells story of Hanson police officer". Quincy Patriot-Ledger. Retrieved 25 March 2012.