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May 28th, 2021

For Immediate Release:

The Durham Roadrunners Jr. A Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Rob Smith has been named the club’s Director of Player Development.

Rob will be working with the club’s players, coaches and skills professionals to ultimately develop and oversee athlete performance in conjunction with ETS  (Elite Training Systems). This includes the creation and implementation of player development plans, curriculum and best-practice teaching protocols at the 16-21 age levels.

Rob will serve as the primary conduit to foster the players’ training integration with the club’s teams and coaches, strength and conditioning, mental performance training, leadership development and nutrition staff.

A Belleville Ontario native who grew up in the Quinte Red Devils AAA program went on to join the Wellington Dukes of the OPJHL as an underage player at 16 years old. 

After attending the North Bay Centennials OHL camp he played 3 more seasons for The Dukes scoring 190 points in his three seasons. He then accepted a scholarship to play NCAA College hockey at Oswego State University for the Great Lakers. 

In his four seasons, he scored 86 points while earning 2 SUNYAC conference All Team conference awards in Sophomore and Junior seasons. He captained the Great Lakers in his Junior and Senior seasons while attending the NCAA Frozen Four in 2003. The Lakers went on to lose in the National Championship to the Norwich Cadets. He attended several Professional camps in Kansas City and Missouri. He finished up playing two seasons as the leading scorer for the Belleville McFarlands in EOSHL before retiring. He coached a year and a half in the Wellington Dukes / Picton Pirates organization. 

Rob is looking forward to furthering the Durham Roadrunners players in achieving their hockey and educational goals.

The Durham Roadrunners Jr. A Hockey Club is committed to providing a world-class developmental and competitive hockey experience that emphasizes individual player and team skills, physical and mental training, conceptual development, nutritional awareness, elite competition and respect for the athletes and sport.