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Getting To Know Stars Forward Reilly Smith

by Greg Ramirez / Dallas Stars
HT: 6-0

WT: 185 lbs
Birthplace: Mimico, ON
Drafted: Dallas’ third-round selection (69th overall) in 2009
Nickname: ‘Smitty’
Siblings: 2, Brendan who plays in the Detroit Red Wings’ system and Rory who plays in the National Lacrosse League for the Colorado Mammoth
Chunky or smooth peanut butter: “Smooth, although Gary Roberts would probably be pretty upset about it.”
Favorite thing about college: “I really enjoyed the whole college lifestyle – it’s more laid back. Being able to get an education while playing hockey is pretty cool.
Favorite TV Show: Entourage
Most listened to artist on iPod: Foo Fighters

DallasStars.com: What was the process like of finding out that you were joining the Dallas Stars?

Reilly Smith:
“We left to go to Connecticut last Friday to play in our regional. We ended up losing and almost immediately after that game, my family advisor sent me a few texts and called me a few times trying to set everything up. He told me that Dallas wanted to sign me – I was absolutely ecstatic, it was a dream come true. I flew to Oxford, Ohio on Saturday morning to grab some of my stuff and then up to Calgary come meet the team. It’s been a whirlwind week, but there’s no place I’d rather be right now.”

DS: Can you put into words what this opportunity means to you?
RS:
“It’s an absolute dream come true. I’ve put in a lot of work to get up to this level, so right now I am just trying to act like a sponge and take everything in. I’m just here to have fun and contribute.”

DS: What does being nominated for the Hobey Baker mean to you?
RS:
“It means a lot. Personally, it’s always been a goal of mine to be nominated for the Hobey Baker. So to be on the short list to win it is tremendously humbling.”

DS: We’re going to open it up to our followers on Twitter for some questions:

What are your expectations on joining the team?
RS:
“I’m just trying to be supportive – I’m still trying to learn what my role is, but I am just going to work hard and try to help out the team however I can.”

What was your favorite hockey moment at Miami?
RS:
“My first year, making it to the Frozen Four was a pretty big deal. Had the chips fallen a little differently I would have gotten a chance to play against my brother – it would have been an absolutely phenomenal experience.”

Who do you model your game after?
RS:
“It’s tough to say, growing up I always tried to play like Brendan Shanahan. He was the guy I always looked up to. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve shifted away from his style of play, so right now I am just trying keep it simple and keep things easy on myself.”

What do you think will be the biggest challenge on going from the college level to the NHL?
RS:
“The speed of the game will be a challenge. It’s obviously going to be a lot faster and a lot more physical. When you are playing with guys that almost 20 years older than you, there’s going to be a period of adjustment. There will be a mental side to it as well, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.”




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