Worcester Railers HC sign veteran forward Jordan Smotherman for 2020-21 season

Worcester Railers HC sign veteran forward Jordan Smotherman for 2020-21 season

Smotherman played four games in the NHL for the Atlanta Thrashers

Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), and Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach David Cunniff officially announced today that the club has signed veteran forward Jordan Smotherman (@jsmoothie10) to an ECHL contract for the 2020-21 season.

Jordan Smotherman enters his 15th professional season and joins the Railers HC after spending last year in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) with the Belfast Giants where he led the club with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games. During the 2018-19 season, the 34-year-old helped Belfast to the Elite League and Challenge Cup titles, having produced 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 19 games.

The 6-foot-3, 225lb forward was selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 116th overall. He played four NHL games tallying two points (one goal, one assist) with the Thrashers from 2007-09. Smotherman spent parts of three seasons with the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, from 2006-09 producing 106 points (54 goals, 52 assists) in 219 games and helped the Wolves win the Calder Cup in 2008. In total, he accumulated 164 points (78 goals, 86 assists) in 373 AHL games with Chicago, Syracuse, Providence, and Springfield.

“I am very excited to be returning to the states to join the Worcester Railers HC,” Smotherman said. “The Railers are a first-class organization on and off the ice, and Worcester has been a destination I have wanted to play in for awhile. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Cunniff with all of the knowledge he brings to the game as we embark on the goal of bringing a Kelly Cup to Worcester.” 

The native of Corvallis, OR grew up in Westborough, MA and skated with the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL) for parts of two seasons from 2016-18 totaling 92 points (46 goals, 46 assists) in 87 games and was named to the ECHL First All-Star Team during the 2017-18 season.

Prior to turning pro, Smotherman spent four seasons in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts from 2002-06 tallying 139 points (72 goals, 67 assists) in 225 games and helped the Remparts to a Memorial Cup in 2006.

“We are really excited about adding Jordan to our hockey club,” Cunniff said. “Jordan has an unbelievable hockey resume and a strong work ethic. To add a player of his caliber to our lineup will help us in so many different areas of the game and his experience will be valuable to our younger players.”  

Jordan Smotherman is the first player signed by the Railers for the 2020-21 season. All player signings this offseason are brought to you by SERVPRO of Worcester, with more announcements expected over the next few weeks.

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