Kamloops, BC – Kamloops Blazers’ forward Colin Smith has signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Smith, who recently turned 20, was drafted by the Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Smith enjoyed a fantastic season with the Blazers last year leading the team in scoring with 40 goals and 106 points. He was the first Blazer to eclipse the 100-points plateau in 10 years.
The 5’11” dynamic forward is 14th all-time in franchise scoring with 271 points in 272 games. He is also one of the most durable players the Blazers have had playing all 72 regular season games the past three seasons. The Edmonton native has played in a franchise record 247 consecutive regular season games.
The former Blazers’ first round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2008 will come to the Blazers training camp in late August before departing for Colorado’s training camp. Smith will play next season with either the Colorado Avalanche, the Avalanche’s minor league affiliate Lake Erie Monsters or with the Blazers.
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