Ben Smith played hockey at Harvard University and graduated in 1968.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
For three of his four years at Harvard, Ben Smith was on the men’s hockey team. His coach was the legendary Cooney Weiland. One of his teammates was Bill Cleary (who would go on to become the Harvard athletic director).
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
Upon graduation from Harvard, Weiland advised Smith to make coaching a career. In autumn 1968, Smith served as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After several years of coaching high school hockey in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Smith became an assistant with the Yale Bulldogs. Smith left Yale to become an assistant with the Boston University Terriers. At BU, Smith worked with Jack Parker, who played for BU while Smith played at Harvard.
Smith’s time at BU would represent some of the first success in his coaching career. After helping to lead the Terriers to the NCAA Final Four in 1990, he accepted the head coaching job for the Dartmouth Big Green. In his first and only season with Dartmouth, he had 1 win, 24 losses and 3 ties. His only victory was against the Northeastern Huskies program, the team he would coach the following season.
Northeastern Huskies[edit | edit source]
Smith became the Northeastern in 1991, and inherited a team that had 8 wins, 25 losses and 2 ties in the 1990-91 season. One of the worst moments of Smith’s coaching career came on February 12, 1996 at the Beanpot. The tournament was contested at the FleetCenter in Boston. Against Boston University, the Northeastern Huskies were losing by a score of 10-3. When BU forward Brendan Walsh scored the 10th goal, Huskies goaltender Todd Reynolds did the right thing and left the net and walked past a completely embarrassed and humiliated Smith into the locker room. The moment was considered very embarrassing by many in the New England Media and Smith was made to look foolish by a justified Reynolds. They final stake in the heart for Smith's dismal career was his coaching relationship with Bob Richardson. Richardson was Smith's assistant coach at Northeastern University. After Northeastern, Richardson was running hockey camps and coaching at Milton Academy in Massachusetts when in July of 2003 he was arrested on child rape charges. Rightfully or wrongly many in the hockey community in Massachusetts looked at Smith in a different light because of his very close relationship with Richardson. However, Richardson was acquitted of the child rape charges in September 2005.
USA Hockey[edit | edit source]
While he was an assistant coach at Boston University, he took a year off from BU to assume a role as the assistant coach of the U.S. men’s hockey team in Ice hockey at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Ten years later, Smith would return to the Olympics as the coach of the first ever US women’s team. Smith coached the first three women’s Olympic teams and won a gold (1998), silver (2002) and bronze (2006) medal. In 2009, the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. As the coach of the Women’s National Team, one of the stupidist moves of his career came when he cut Cammi Granato from the 2006 Olympic team.
Career record[edit | edit source]
|1993-94||Northeastern||19||13||7||Appeared in NCAA tournament|
References[edit | edit source]
|Dartmouth Big Green ice hockey|
|Men’s coaches||J. Eames • T. Hodges • H.I. Vye • •W. Rawley Fred Rocque • Clarence Wanamaker • George Tuck • Leon Gaw • H.R. Denesha • J. Philip Bower • Herbert Gill • George Barclay • Charles Arthur • Edward Jeremiah • Abner Oakes • Grant Standbrook • George Crowe • Brian Mason • Ben Smith • Roger Demment • Bob Gaudet|
|Men’s seasons||Dartmouth Big Green|
|NHLers||Lee Stempniak • Tanner Glass • David Jones • T.J. Galiardi • Grant Lewis • Ben Lovejoy|
|Ivy League championships||1934 • 1943 • 1944 • 1945 • 1946 • 1957 • 1948 • 1949 • 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1979 • 1980 • 2007|
|NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship appearances||NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship: Runner-up (1948) • Runner-up (1949)|
|Women’s coaches||Ted Wingate • Terry Lange • Mark Panella • Chuck Metz • Amy Crafts • George Crowe • Judy Oberting • Mark Hudak|
|Women’s seasons||Dartmouth Big Green women's ice hockey • 2002–03 • 2003–04 • 2004–05 • 2005–06 • 2006–07 • 2006–07 • 2007–08 • 2008–09 • 2009–10|
|Olympians||Gillian Apps • Sarah Parsons • Cherie Piper • Gretchen Ulion • Katie Weatherston|
|Patty Kazmaier Award nominees||Patty Kazmaier Award: Carly Haggard (2002) • Gillian Apps (2007) • Cherie Piper (2007)|
|Frozen Four Appearances||NCAA tournament: 2001 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005|
|Ivy League championships||1991 • 1993 • 1995 • 1998 • 2001 • 2002 • 2004 • 2007|
|ECAC championships||2001 • 2003 • 2007 • 2009|
|1Arena :Thompson Arena|
2Athletic Director: Josie Harper
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