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Powell River Kings Goalie Jeff Smith Commits to UMass-Lowell

Norm Bazin has potentially found his replacement for Connor Hellebuyck.

Justin K. Aller

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.

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.