Mike Smith: More than a Feeling

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Mike Smith: More than a Feeling


April 24, 2020 10:07 pm

EDMONTON, AB – Six months before concerns over the coronavirus outbreak paused the NHL schedule, pushing players and fans alike into social isolation, goaltender Mike Smith received an unwanted trial to life in quarantine.

Illness for the then-37-year-old netminder, who turned 38 last month, pushed his arrival at Oilers Training Camp back more than a week to a team trip to Kelowna, BC, after being sequestered at home instead of being able to put in initial preparations for his 14th NHL season with his new teammates.

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One of the greatest things about Kurt and all the people with KO is that they bring in guys like Barry Karn and all these different skating and skill people that come in and help us to develop. They care about us off the ice but they obviously have to care about us on the ice and they bring in people to work with us to help us be better and I think that’s special.

— Rocco Grimaldi

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