Jr. Oilers name local product Derek Smith as Assistant Coach
Article By: Mike Iles
The Tulsa Junior Oilers will begin play for the 2016-2017 season in the next few weeks. Today, the team announced that former Junior Oiler Derek Smith has been signed as Assistant Coach for the upcoming season.
Smith, a 20 year old native of the Tulsa area, started playing hockey in the Tulsa Youth Hockey Association. As a 16 year old, he started playing for current Tulsa head coach Marty Magers who changed him from a forward to a defenseman. The change was beneficial for Smith. He played one season in Tulsa as assistant captain in 2013-14 playing defense. He amassed 10 goals, 10 assists, and 76 penalty minutes in 35 games played. He then played the next two and a half seasons for the Springfield Express. He played 110 games for Springfield scoring 24 goals and 61 assists while racking up 249 penalty minutes. He also was the Springfield captain for his final 28 games there before he was traded to the Butte Cobras. For Butte, he played in his final 15 games of his junior hockey career scoring 8 goals and 14 assists to go along with 28 penalty minutes.
The organization is very pleased to have a local hockey product like Derek on staff. His experience in the league will be beneficial to the growth and development of our players. He will also be instrumental in coaching the defensive unit both on and off the ice.
Welcome aboard Derek and welcome home.