Chiefs’ Smith named Real Canadian Superstore CHL Defenceman of the Year

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Halifax, N.S. – Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs is the Real Canadian Superstore CHL Defenceman of the Year.

The 19-year-old product of Lloydminster, Alta., was recognized Saturday ahead of the 2019 CHL Awards Gala in Halifax. In 57 games this season, the prospect of the New Jersey Devils collected 69 points (7G-62A), helping the Spokane Chiefs to a second-place finish in the WHL’s U.S. Division.

Selected by the Devils in the first round (17th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft, Smith has appeared in 194 career WHL games, notching 176 points (26G-150A) along the way.

The 5-foot-11, 177-pound rearguard helped guide the Chiefs to the WHL’s Western Conference Championship, tallying nine points (1G-8A) in 15 contests. In 22 career WHL post-season outings, Smith has 16 points (3G-13A) to his name.

Earlier this season, the veteran defenceman represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria.

Smith was originally the first-overall selection of the Chiefs at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

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Previous WHL winners of the Real Canadian Superstore CHL Defenceman of the Year award:

2015-16: Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings
2013-14: Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
2008-09: Jonathon Blum, Vancouver Giants
2007-08: Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen
2006-07: Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
2001-02: Dan Hamuis, Prince George Cougars
1999-00: Micki Dupont, Kamloops Blazers
1998-99: Brad Stuart, Calgary Hitmen
1994-95: Nolan Baumgartner, Kamloops Blazers
1987-88: Greg Hawgood, Kamloops Blazers

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