HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt Broncos are on the hunt for an assistant coach.
Troy Smith, who joined the team last season for the 2019 portion of its schedule, is departing. Head coach Scott Barney said this was always the plan for the former Ontario Hockey League bench boss. Barney, who recently had the interim tag removed, said Smith is looking for a pro or major junior opportunity.
On March 31, Smith tweeted to the City of Humboldt and the Broncos:
“I came in knowing nothing about the town (Prairie cold is now understood) or league. I leave with great memories I will never forget and friendships that will last forever. Thank you for an amazing few months!”
Smith had started the season leading the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. He was let go in November in spite of having the team on track for its best record in almost a decade. When head coach Nathan Oystrick and the team parted ways, Barney took over the top job. He brought in Smith, who had experience in the OHL and coaching in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
“He did a tremendous job not only for the players and the community of Humboldt, but also for myself as a coach moving forward,” Barney said.
The advertisement on the Broncos’ Twitter feed for the assistant coaching position said the team is looking for “a motivated, forward thinking and team-oriented individual.” Former Humboldt Bronco Rhett Blackmur remains with the Broncos as a volunteer assistant coach.