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Ask the Leafs: Brent Smith

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Welcome to a new feature on where you can ask a question of a member of the Maple Leafs each week and see selected answers posted here. You will also be able to see the answers on FanCam, one of the more popular shows on Leafs TV.

This week you can ask Leafs forward Tie Domi anything you like. We will pick the best questions for him and Tie's answers will appear here and also on the FanCam epsiode Saturday, November 10 at 11:30 am. FanCam also has repeat broadcasts throughout the week so check the Leafs TV schedule.

Recently, we had the chance to do a Q+A with Leafs athletic therapist Brent Smith, who shared his thoughts about on an nuber of subjects:

Q: How did you get involved with the Leaf organization?

Smith: (Laugh) I tell people I lost a bet somewhere. I originally started working with the Quebec Nordiques farm team in Halifax and the first coach I worked for was Doug Carpenter. Two years after that in 1990 Doug became the Head Coach of the Leafs. I think it's like any other job, when you do good work for someone they remember you when they move on. I've been with the Leafs since 1990 because of Doug Carpenter.

Q: What does your daily routine involve and what type of injuries do you typically look at?

Brent Smith helps all the Leafs through many different injuries.
Graig Abel Photography
Smith: No day is ever the same; there is always something new. I break the day into two modes. One is preventing injury through educating players, proper stretching and warm-up. The other part is dealing with what is immediate, like injuries during a game or practice that need immediate attention. We also deal with the general health of the player and make sure they are staying on the right track.

Q: How do you prepare yourself for game day and keep yourself motivated??

Smith: I think that as training staff it is important we stay neutral. It's a long season with its ups and downs. It would be tough for us to get too high or too low at any point in the season, that would make for a very long season. I think the players look to us to stay neutral with a positive outlook day to day.

Q: What is the best and worst part of your job?

Smith: I think the best part of my job is that I can look around and say that I'm at the top of my field and I have a lot of resources and tools at my disposal to better myself. It's great to contribute to something that matters so much to a lot of people.

The worst part is probably the long hours. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. Weekends are non-existent throughout the winter with a lot of ups and downs. You just learn to ride the roller coaster and try to last the season.

Q: What educational path should someone take to get into your field?

Smith: It is a very science based career. So I encourage kids who are interested to take the sciences offered at they're school. There are many choices when it comes to colleges and universities, your guidance councilor can guide you in the right direction. This job takes hard work; it doesn't end once you are certified. We are always upgrading to better our skills. You also have to love what you do.

Check back in upcoming weeks for the next installment of ASK THE LEAFS.

Previous ASK THE LEAFS include:

Rick Ley
Carlo Colaiacovo
Tom Fitzgerald
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