The Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have announced that forward C.J. Smith, 18, has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. UMASS-Lowell are members of the Hockey East conference and will play in the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four beginning Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA.
“CJ has stated all along he wanted to head East for his college days and with his commitment to UMASS-Lowell he will have that chance,” stated Bruins Head Coach, Chris Tok.
Smith, from Des Moines, Iowa has played in 121 games in his Bruins career recording 43 career goals and 44 career assists. During the 2012-13 regular season, Smith (5’11/175) was 3rd in team scoring with 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 60 games played. His 30 goals ranked 6th in the NAHL.
Smith was also played in the last two NAHL Top Prospects Tournaments, including the one this past February as a part of the NAHL 18U Selects Team.
“CJ's 2nd half of the season has really put him at an elite level and now he can just focus on playing hockey and having fun,” stated Tok.