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Smith angling for a big league promotion

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Zack Smith made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders last November. He hopes to find a more permanent home with the Senators in the 2009-10 season (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).

This was no ordinary summer for Zack Smith.

For the first time in years, he could allow himself a little more time for two of his favourite summer pursuits.

"I’ve been doing a lot of fishing," said Smith, the Ottawa Senators' third-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. "It’s a good way to spend the summer. This was the first summer that I didn’t have to find a job, so it's nice to get a lot more golfing and fishing in."

Not that the 21-year-old native of Maple Creek, Sask., forgot about hockey completely. After being the final cut at Senators training camp a year ago, Smith will have much bigger aspirations when 2009-10 training camp begins on Sept. 12. He's been working hard in that direction.

"It’s a big year for me," said Smith, who scored 24 goals for the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators last season, his first as a pro. "My goal is to play up here in Ottawa. In terms of opportunity, I think it’s a good year for that after Ottawa was not very successful last year (the Senators missed the National Hockey League playoffs for the first time since 1995-96). They might be looking for changes or new faces.

"It’s a good opportunity for me and hopefully, I’ll stick up here as long as I can."

For the rest of Sens TV's interview with Zack Smith, click here.

Author: Rob Brodie

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