Ty Smith named CHL defenseman of the year
SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith has been named CHL Defenseman of the Year, as announced by the CHL on Saturday. He edged out Evan Bouchard of the OHL’s London Knights and Charle-Edouard D’Astous of the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic.
Smith, who shared the Chiefs’ captaincy with forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan, was stellar in his third WHL campaign, posting seven goals and 62 assists for 69 points during the regular season. Among blueliners, Smith led the WHL in assists and was 4th in overall points despite playing just 57 games. He posted 22 multi-point games, highlighted by a four-assist night at Kootenay on January 5. The Lloydminster, Alta. product added nine points (1G-8A) during the Chiefs’ 15-game playoff run.
Logging heavy minutes, Smith was the catalyst for the league’s best power play unit, piling up 26 assists and 31 total points with the man advantage during the regular season, then seven more helpers in the postseason.
A former first-overall bantam pick (2015), Smith was selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by New Jersey. He was one of the final players cut from the Devils’ training camp roster in late September.
After a strong start to the season, he was selected to compete for his country at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. He recorded three assists in five games for Team Canada, including Player of the Game honors in Canada’s 5-1 preliminary round win over the Czech Republic.