Former Oilers coach Steve Smith joins Peters' staff as Canes assistant

06/23/2014 5:55 PM

06/24/2014 1:38 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Monday that they have hired Steve Smith as an assistant coach, joining new coach Bill Peters and assistant Rod Brind’Amour.

Smith, 51, served as assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers the past four seasons. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, he also spent one season as an assistant for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98 before returning to the ice as a defenseman for the Flames for three more seasons.

“Steve had a solid career as a player and has gained valuable coaching experience with two teams, especially when it comes to working with young defensemen,” Canes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement.

Smith was a sixth-round draft pick by the Oilers in the 1981 NHL draft and played 804 career regular-season NHL games. He had 375 points and 2,139 penalty minutes with Edmonton, Chicago and Calgary and was a part of three Stanley Cup championship teams with the Oilers.

Smith had three 50-point seasons, notching a career-high 57 for Chicago in the 1992-93 season. He had 52 points in 134 career playoff games.

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