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Getting To Know Stars Forward Reilly Smith

by Greg Ramirez / Dallas Stars
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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 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?
“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?
“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?
“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?
“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?
“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?
“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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