DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Barry Smith is in his fourth season with the Blackhawks and his third as the team’s Director of Player Development. Smith previously served as the club’s European Development Advisor and as a Pro Scout.
Prior to working with the Blackhawks, Smith spent three seasons as Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey league. Under his leadership, the team recorded 322 points in three seasons. His international resume also includes stints as Head Coach in the Swedish Elite League and Division I, Assistant Coach for the 1991 USA World Cup team, Associate Coach for Sweden at the 1996 World Cup and the 1998 Winter Olympics, and Associate Head Coach for Team USA at the 2007 World Championship.
Smith served as an assistant on Wayne Gretzky’s staff in Phoenix from 2005-07 and was an Associate Coach on Scotty Bowman’s staff with the Detroit Red Wings from 1994-2005, where he was part of three Stanley Cup championships. Smith also won two Stanley Cup championships as an Assistant Coach under Bob Johnson and Scotty Bowman with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1990-94.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native began his coaching career at Elmira College in 1974, taking the team to the NCAA finals two times in his six years.
A 1972 graduate of Ithaca College, Smith was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame for both hockey and football. Smith and his wife, Mary, have two children, Ryan and Molly.