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POTSDAM - Clarkson University women’s hockey head coach Matt Desrosiers has announced the addition of Britni Smith as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights.

A former standout at St. Lawrence University, Smith spent the 2013-14 campaign as an assistant coach with the University of Toronto and played professionally in the Canadian Women’s Hockey league (CWHL).

“I am very excited to welcome Britni to Clarkson as she will be a valuable addition to our staff,” stated Desrosiers. “She comes very highly recommended as she possesses a great work ethic and a strong hockey mind. Britni is familiar with ECAC Hockey and the North Country having had a successful playing career at St. Lawrence University. She has had experience playing and coaching at the Canadian National level as well as coaching in the CIS. With all the experience she has gathered from her time at St. Lawrence and after her graduation, she will be able to make the transition to Clarkson seamless. I am very excited to work alongside Britni and look forward to growing and learning as a coach with her help.”

As the top assistant at the University of Toronto, Smith helped to lead the Varsity Blues to a 21-9 overall record, including a 17-6 CIS mark last season.

“I am extremely honored and beyond excited to have the opportunity to work with the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team,” said Smith. “I am really looking forward to working with such a talented group of ladies and alongside Matt this season. I am very excited to get things started and to make an impact on an already successful program, while also learning and growing as a coach.”

An all-star defenseman for St. Lawrence, Smith played in 146 games for the Saints (2006-10) and accumulated 74 points on 20 goals and 54 assists from the blueline. As a senior, she was named a top-10 finalist for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey. Smith tallied the third-most points in the country by a defenseman in 2009-10, recording eight goals and 17 assists. The Port Perry, ONT native also gained Second Team All-ECAC Hockey honors in her junior and senior years and was a three-time conference All-Academic team member.

Smith has extensive experience playing with Canada’s National programs. She skated with Team Canada’s Under 22 team for four years (2006-10) and participated in four Air Canada Cup Tournaments, winning the Gold Medal three times and the Silver Medal once.

While the Golden Knights were en route to claiming the University’s first-ever NCAA National Title last March, Smith was enjoying a memorable moment of her own. Playing professionally for the Toronto Furies, and alongside Clarkson alum Brooke Beazer ‘08, Smith scored one of the biggest goals in CWHL history on March 22. Just 33 seconds into overtime, Smith tallied the only score in the 2014 Clarkson Cup Championship to lift the Furies to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Blades, giving Toronto its first title.

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