Craig Smith

Nashville Predators

Position: Forward

Full Name: Craig Smith
Birthdate: September 5, 1989
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Craig Smith was born on September 5, 1989 in Madison, Wisconsin and currently plays center for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. Craig was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round, 98th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After concluding his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin, Craig became the first player since Colin Wilson to make the Predators without first playing for the Milwaukee Admirals and on October 7, 2011, he scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In July of 2015 the Predators signed Craig to a five-year contract extension. Internationally, Craig was a member of the United States men’s national ice hockey team at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

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My family and I have worked with Kevin Magnuson and KO sports since 2006 after Kevin saw me play in the USHL Fall Classic for Waterloo. Kevin has helped guide me through the USHL, NCAA and NHL and all the good and bad that comes with each League. His experience as a former practicing attorney was really helpful in negotiating all three of my NHL contracts. Kevin and KO Sports were especially prepared for the salary arbitration hearing we had in 2015 with Nashville that ended with me eventually earning an awesome, life changing 5-year deal. 

— Craig Smith

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