DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Barry Smith is in his fifth season with the Blackhawks and his fourth 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 Team USA at the 1991 World Cup, 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 Arizona (Phoenix) from 2005 to 2007 and was an Associate Coach on Scotty Bowman’s staff with the Detroit Red Wings from 1994 to 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 to 1994.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native began his coaching career at Elmira College in 1974, taking the team to the NCAA finals twice 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; he also has a Masters of Education from Elmira College. Smith and his wife, Mary, have two children, Ryan and Molly.