Brad Smith enters his first season with the Avalanche as the Director of Reserve List Scouting and his 23rd year overall with the organization. Smith, 58, joined the Avalanche as a scout in 1995, just prior to the franchise's first season in Colorado. During his time with the Avalanche, he has served in multiple scouting roles, including both an amateur and advance pro scout.
Affectionately known in NHL circles as "Motor City Smitty," Smith brings two decades of NHL experience as both a player and scout to his current position. The Windsor, Ontario, native serves as a key aide to Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic in making player personnel decisions.
After a National Hockey League career which spanned nine seasons with stops in Vancouver, Atlanta, Calgary, Detroit and Toronto, Smith traveled extensively during his first year away from hockey, heading out on a world-wide fishing excursion.
Before he resumed his NHL career off the ice, Smith owned and operated a fishing charter on Lake Ontario outside of Toronto and continued to manage that business until 1996. Following his playing days, Smith coached his hometown Windsor Spitfires for two years before joining the Edmonton Oilers where he worked for then General Manager Glen Sather.
An avid golfer and fisherman, Smith has two daughters, Lexi (19) and Laynee (13).