Jordan Smotherman

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Jordan Smotherman
Jordan Smotherman P-Bruins.jpg
Born (1986-05-11) May 11, 1986 (age 30)
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Allsv team
Former teams
Modo Hockey
Atlanta Thrashers
EfB Esbjerg
Lahti Pelicans
Rögle BK
NHL Draft 116th overall, 2005
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2006–present

Jordan LaVallée Smotherman (born May 11, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey Winger. He is currently playing with Modo Hockey of the HockeyAllsvenskan (Allsv).

Playing career[edit]

Smotherman was born in Corvallis, Oregon and moved to Binghamton, New York at the age of 2 before his family settled in Westborough, Massachusetts at the age of 10. Upon joining the Quebec Remparts, he went by the name Jordan LaVallée in order to connect with the Quebec fanbase, as his mother Maureen was French Canadian. He was a member of the 2006 Memorial Cup champion Quebec Remparts, as one of six New England natives who played on the Remparts roster.

He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 4th round, 116th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[1] His first National Hockey League goal was scored in his second game with the Thrashers in a 2-point effort against Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers on April 1, 2008 in a 3-2 Thrashers loss.[2]

After spending the majority of his three-year tenure within the Thrashers organization with AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, at the start of the 2009–10 season on October 8, 2009, the Thrashers traded Smotherman to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for future considerations. He was then assigned to AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch for the entirety of the year posting 10 goals and 32 points in 78 games with the Crunch.

Prior to the 2010–11 season, Smotherman was invited to the Boston Bruins training camp but was released on September 22, 2010 and was reassigned and later signed to the Providence Bruins.[3]

Was the 2008 Man of the year award winner in Chicago, received the 2008 Hometown Hero award from the Chicago sports awards, won the 2008 Dan Snyder award from the Chicago wolves, and was given the 2009 Man of the year award in Syracuse.

Smotherman joined GET-ligaen club EfB Esbjerg for the 2011-12 season.[4]

For the 2012–13 season, Smotherman joined Tingsryd AIF in the Swedish second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan. While the team finished second to last in the series and was relegated to Swedish third-tier league Division 1, only one player in the entire league scored more than his 24 goals.[5]

For the 2013–14 season he joined Karlskrona HK of the HockeyAllsvenskan[6] and transferred to fellow Rögle BK during the 2014–15 season.[7] After helping Rögle earn promotion from HockeyAllsvenskan to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), the highest level professional competition in Sweden, he re-signed with the club and appeared in 52 SHL contests (14 goals, five assists) in 2015-16, helping Rögle to stay in the league.

On June 10, 2016, Smotherman moved to Germany, signing with the Iserlohn Roosters of the country's top-flight Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[8] In the pre-season with the Roosters, Smotherman and the Roosters opted to terminate his contract, due to personal health problems suffered by Smotherman in failing a sports medical examination on August 20, 2016.[9]

Smotherman returned home to North America, and opted to resume his career in the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs. In contributing with 20 points in 18 games and experiencing a brief stint in the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds, Smotherman returned to Sweden in agreeing to a contract with Modo Hockey of the second division Allsvenskan on January 17, 2017.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 55 3 6 9 54 11 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 69 11 16 27 111 5 2 0 2 6
2004–05 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 64 40 26 66 108 13 5 2 7 26
2005–06 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 37 18 19 37 34 23 7 8 15 30
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 79 16 18 34 90 14 7 1 8 8
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 76 20 22 42 73 23 3 5 8 16
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 1 1 2 0
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 64 18 12 30 94
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 78 10 22 32 75
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 71 14 12 26 68
2011–12 EfB Ishockey DEN 39 31 29 60 73 5 1 3 4 10
2012–13 Tingsryds AIF Allsv 52 24 12 36 126
2013–14 Karlskrona HK Allsv 47 23 20 43 75 6 4 8 12 6
2014–15 Lahti Pelicans Liiga 38 11 9 20 45
2014–15 Rögle BK Allsv 12 10 3 13 16 10 6 3 9 10
2015–16 Rögle BK SHL 52 14 5 19 16
2016–17 Manchester Monarchs ECHL 18 12 8 20 0
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 5 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 4 1 1 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL dream becomes reality". The Boston Globe. 2005-08-25. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ Florida Panthers at Atlanta Thrashers Box Score, April 1, 2008 | Hockey-Reference.com
  3. ^ "Local kid Jordan Smotherman joins Bruins Farm System". NESN. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Smotherman joins EfB Ishockey (Danish)". Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  5. ^ "HockeyAllsvenskan leading scorers" (in Swedish). stats.swehockey.net. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Jordan Smotherman sign for KHK" (in Swedish). Karlskrona HK. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Smotherman opts for mutual transfer" (in Swedish). HockeyAllsvenskan. 2015-01-10. Retrieved 2015-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Iserlohn Roosters secure free agent signings" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  9. ^ "Roosters part ways with Smotherman" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 

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