The long and winding road to the NHL might as well have been a Friday night on the 401 in Toronto for NHL goalie Jeremy Smith.
The Colorado Avalanche’s minor league goalie will get his first regular season NHL start after eight years with six different minor league teams. He will be between the pipes for a tilt with the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night.
Drafted 54th overall in 2007 by the Nashville Predators, the Dearborn, Michigan native has played over 300 games in six different minor league cities and two leagues, including the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, Springfield Falcons, Providence Bruins, Iowa Wild and this year with the San Antonio Rampage.
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Smith has primarily served as a backup to Spencer Martin with Colorado’s affiliate in San Antonio, appearing in 17 games and carving out a .911 save percentage and 2.57 goals against average.
The 27-year-old has been up with the Avs on multiple occasions this season to back up Calvin Pickard, but has not as yet appeared in any games.