RALEIGH, NC (May 18, 2001) – Jason Karmanos, Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Ron Smith to become head coach of the American Hockey League’s Lowell Lock Monsters. As per club policy, no other terms were released.
“We are pleased to announce the signing of Ron Smith,” Karmanos said. “Ron has done a tremendous job in developing our young players in the International Hockey League, and I’m confident he’ll continue to do so with our new AHL affiliate in Lowell.”
Smith spent the past six seasons as the head coach of the IHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, the last five as coach/general manager, and his teams always qualified for the playoffs. He compiled a 266-172-45 record during his tenure with the Cyclones and his teams never finished with fewer than 40 victories. Cincinnati reached the IHL’s Eastern Conference Finals in three of his six seasons.
Smith has a 335-207-59 overall minor league coaching record, which includes time spent as the head coach of the AHL Binghamton Rangers from 1991 until midway through the 1993 season, when he was promoted to the New York Rangers head coaching position. Including his tenure with the New York Rangers, Smith has a 350-229-66 coaching record.
“I’m very happy to continue my association with the Carolina Hurricanes,” Smith said. “I enjoy working with their young talent, and I feel the hockey fans of Lowell will have an exciting team to watch.”
Prior to coaching professional hockey, Smith, a native of Galt, Ont. was head coach at York University in Ontario and served as the Director of Player Personnel with the Canadian Olympic Program. He also served as Technical Director for the Ontario Hockey Association, a position instrumental for developing the Canadian National Coach Certification program.
Smith was a standout senior hockey player and professional baseball player. He was a shortstop in the San Francisco Giants organization in the 1960s. Smith and his wife, Patti, have two sons (Landry, Devin) and one grandchild (Braedon). The Smiths reside in Cambridge, Ont. in the offseason.