Toronto News, (PR) April 13, 2012
Senior Joe Smiths success with the Liberty University mens hockey team has paid immediate dividends, as he recently signed a professional contract to play hockey in Sweden. Smith will join the Ronnang Lobsters in Division 3 of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation.
Smith, a forward from Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada, finished fourth on the team this past season in goals (11) and fifth in points (24). He was a team captain for two years and an assistant captain for one season. Smith finished his career with 142 games played, 46 career goals, 49 career assists and 95 career points.
Smith said he was surprised when he received the offer.
I was fully willing to stop playing hockey after graduation and focus on ministry, he said.
Smith is a Biblical Studies major and will graduate in May, before departing for Sweden on July 29. He will assist at hockey camps with Hockey Ministries International in Sweden before joining his teammates for the 2012-13 season.
Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the worlds largest Christian university. More than 12,000 students attend classes on its 6,500-acre residential campus and more than 70,000 study in its thriving online education program.
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