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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As an aspiring professional hockey player, one of the most challenging things that both the athlete and family face is selecting the right person to help guide us through the journey.  For our family, this proved to be very true.  We considered it very fortunate that John was introduced and came to work with Kurt.  Since we began working with Kurt and his staff, they have given us guidance and sound advice every step of the way.  Kurt’s unparalleled knowledge of the hockey world and professional demeanor gave us the utmost confidence that John’s career is being managed properly.  We can’t imagine anyone else filling the role that he does for our family.  Lastly, we highly recommend Kurt and KO Sports to any young athlete that has the dream of becoming a professional hockey player. 

— Jack and Sue Gibson

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