Former GB junior forward agrees move to Murrayfield Racers

Murrayfield Racers are delighted to confirm that former Great Britain junior forward Chad Smith has signed for the club.

The 21-year-old already has plenty of experience under his belt, having made more than 150 appearances in the Elite League for Fife Flyers and Glasgow Clan.

During the 2017/18 campaign Smith was part of the Flyers roster that won the Gardiner Conference title and reached the semi-finals of the EIHL play-offs.

Smith has also featured regularly for GB at U18 and U20 level over the past few years, playing in four World Championship tournaments alongside the likes of ex-Sheffield Steelers forward Liam Kirk.

He twice collected bronze medals during his time with GB, while his most notable individual achievement on the national stage came in Estonia in 2019 as he bagged a hat-trick in a comprehensive victory over South Korea.

Smith, who spent the latter part of last season with Glasgow, says he is looking forward to making his mark with the Racers next term.

“I just really felt that it was time to start enjoying hockey again and play a vital role in a team,” he said. “I was getting too used to smaller minutes and began to lose love for the game.

“I thought going to a team with such high ambitions and with a coach as well-known and respected in the game as Tony Hand was a no-brainer for me.

“I’m hoping this year we can win everything. I’m coming to the Racers with every confidence we can do well in the NIHL North Cup as well as the SNL.

“From what I’ve heard it’s a good bunch of guys with a winning mentality, so I can’t wait to get on the ice with them.”

(Image permission: Hendrik Soots)