October 10, 2020
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins have added an NHL veteran via free agency to bolster their group of forwards.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Saturday that the team signed winger Craig Smith to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.
Smith has played nine NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
The 31-year-old played 69 games with the Predators this past season, recording 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points with a plus-18 rating.
February 14, 2020
NASHVILLE, TN – Craig Smith scored his first NHL hat trick for the Nashville Predators in a 5-0 win against the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.
March 7, 2018
Juuse Saros made 31 saves for his second shutout this season for the Predators (27-22-7), who won for the first time in three games. Rocco Grimaldi had a goal and an assist.
“It was great,” Smith said. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to get [a hat trick], so it was nice. It was really good looks by the guys around me. They were nice feeds by [Grimaldi], good work by [Nick Bonino] and was a [heck] of a pass by [Roman Josi] there at the end.”
NASHVILLE, TN –
When he wasn’t busy building his hockey skills, a 16-year-old Craig Smith spent one summer helping build something else in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
With the 2006 school year over, Smith figured, at least initially, that most of his free time would be spent at the local ice rinks.
The thought of a part-time job hadn’t crossed his mind. That all changed, however, after a chat with his high school hockey coach.
“I was 16 at the time,” recalled Smith. “One of my old high school coaches, Chad Stauffacher, and his brother, Luke – their family owned a construction business – and they were putting up a hotel for the summer. They had asked if I had a job for the summer and I didn’t have anything going on, so I figured I could make some money doing that work.”
While it wasn’t the traditional summer job for a young teenager, Smith embraced the tasks he was given.
December 15, 2017
NASHVILLE, TN – When they’re all gathered together in a small area, as they were at Tuesday’s practice at Centennial Sportsplex, the Nashville Predators are a frightening bunch.
Not like Halloween frightening or bar brawl frightening, but worth a shiver or two if you have any empathy for teams that must play them. And if you’re projecting what the Predators could become before this season’s over … scary. Good scary if you live in Nashville.
There was Filip Forsberg, who’s on his way to another level of NHL stardom, working a drill with Bobby Orr impersonator Viktor Arvidsson. There was P.K. Subban getting a shot past Pekka Rinne. There was recent addition Kyle Turris, showing no ill effects from a puck that smashed him in the cheek a day earlier.
October 28, 2017
CHICAGO, IL –
Craig Smith‘s 100th career goal proved to be the game-winner as the Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a 2-1 final on Friday night at the United Center.
The win is Nashville’s fifth of the season and gives them three out of a possible four points in Chicago this season.
After a first period that saw Nashville outshot 21-7 and allow a shorthanded goal to Chicago, Calle Jarnkrok and Craig Smith gave the Preds a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, a lead they never relinquished.
August 1, 2017
“Sometimes you’re going to have a period or shift or whatever that you’re not going to like, but it’s about making the adjustments, stepping up and making the big plays when the time is right,” Smith said. “I thought we did that, we executed well and a win’s a win.”
It’s a dream to play in the NHL—for those kids who join youth hockey, who watched and idolized the feats of Gretzky and Lemeiux, who worked their way up through club teams to high school. Some made it through to junior leagues and the college level. Even fewer make it to play professionally.