SAN JOSE - USA Hockey announced that San Jose Sharks forward Ben Smith (@BenASmith12) has been named to the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.
The 26-year-old Smith was acquired by San Jose on Mar. 2, 2015. In 19 games with the Sharks, he posted five points (two goals, three assists), a +3 rating, and a 55.6 faceoff percentage. Smith played his first game with the Sharks on March 2 vs. Montreal, registering a two-point night (one goal, one assist).
During his NHL career, Smith has posted 44 points (25 goals, 19 assists), a +2 rating, and four penalty minutes in 175 career games. In 27 career postseason games, Smith has registered nine point (seven goals, two assists), a +3 rating, and two penalty minutes. In addition, he was a Stanley Cup champion with the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks.
The five-foot-eleven 200-pound native of Winston-Salem, NC was acquired by San Jose from Chicago via trade on March 2, 2015. He was originally drafted by Chicago in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.
Among the first 15 players named to the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team, 11 have skated for a U.S. National Team and have combined to win 13 medals in IIHF World Championship play.
See the U.S. National Team roster here.