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Mark Smith completes the defensive core

posted 11 Aug 2009, 03:38 by myEdinburgh Admin
Mark Smith completes the defensive core for the Edinburgh Capitals for the 09/10 season in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Smith spent last season playing for Rocky Mountain Rage in the Central Hockey League
where he had 17 points from 4 goals and 13 assists over 43 games in the regular season and 2 points from 2 assists over 3 games in the play offs.

Mark Smith spent a year playing for Charlotte Checkers in the East Coast Hockey League and preceded that with 4 seasons in the NCAA playing for University of Alaska-Anchorage. He was also team MVP and
voted most inspirational player during his junior year.

Doug Christiansen, Edinburgh Capitals coach, commented, "I played with Mark's brother, Kenton, in Charlotte. Kenton, who was the Manchester Phoenixes' captain last year, was one of the classiest
players I have played with in my career. I have been told that Mark is very similar in that regard. Mark is a blue-collar hockey player who shows up every night and works hard. Mark is a solid defender who
has the ability to play against other teams top lines. He is a good skater and will do well on our big ice. His skating will allow him to jump into the play when needed."

Christiansen continued. "I believe Mark has the ability to play on our first power play unit with Chris Allen or quarterback his own unit. I really liked the fact that he led his team in scoring as a junior at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. UAA plays in arguably the best conference in college hockey and leading a team in scoring as a defender is not an easy task. I spoke to his coaches from UAA, Charlotte, and Rocky Mountain. All of them believe he has the tools to be very successful in the UK. His coach in Rocky Mountain said that he was their best defender at the end of last season."

Looking at who the team is now shaping up, Christiansen said, "We have now signed our entire defensive core. I think we will have one of the best defensive units in the league. Chris Allen might be the
top offensive d-man in the league. It will be great to have a quarterback on the power play that has the offensive skills he does. Ben O'Connor and Kyle Horne are two national team level defenders. I do not believe any team in the league has two better British d-men. Mike Beynon and Mark Smith will provide us with two players who can play penalty kill and power play. They are versatile and good team players."

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