Powell River Kings goaltender Jeff Smith has committed to play college hockey for Norm Bazin at UMass-Lowell. The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) rookie has been sensational this year with a 1.73 goals against average and a .943 save percentage to go along with his 11-2-1 record. The six-foot-one goaltender played midget hockey with the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs organization.
"We are very excited about Jeff committing to UMass-Lowell," said his junior coach, Kent Lewis. "Jeff brings good size with a very calm demeanor in the net. He has excellent athletic ability and will continue to grow at this level," added the three-time BCHL Coastal Conference Coach of the Year.
Smith, a '95 from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, will arrive at UMass-Lowell for the 2015-16 season after another year in the BCHL.
"He will more than be ready to go at the college level," said Lewis.
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