The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has added Steve Smith to the club's existing coaching staff in the role of assistant coach.
A nine-year NHL coaching veteran, Smith joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was responsible for the team's defensemen and penalty kill. The Hurricanes allowed the second-fewest shots per game (28) of any NHL team during his tenure.
Prior to joining the Carolina coaching staff, the Glasgow, Scotland native served as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2010-11 to 2013-14 and for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98. His off-ice NHL experience is rounded out by two seasons as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
During his 16-season NHL playing career, Smith won three Stanley Cups (1987, 1988 and 1990) and appeared in one NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Oilers. In 804 total regular-season games as a defenseman with the Oilers, Blackhawks and Flames, Smith totaled 375 points (72+303). He added 52 points (11+41) in 134 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.