Jordan Smotherman Joins The Giants – Plays Sunday Vs Nottingham

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the signing of Jordan Smotherman for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.

The American forward arrives in Belfast from the Iserlohn Roosters of Germany’s DEL and will go straight into the Giants lineup for Sunday’s clash against the Nottingham Panthers at The SSE Arena, face-off 4pm.

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🕖 Face-Off 4pm GMT
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— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) February 3, 2019

Smotherman, who hails from Corvallis, Oregon and grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts, was selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft – in Round #4, 116th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers. Smotherman went on to play in the NHL for the Thrashers as well as 373 AHL games, posting 78 goals and 86 assists good for 164 points.

The 6’3”, 225 lbs forward won the Calder Cup with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in the 2007/08 season, playing 99 games and adding 23 goals and 27 assists, good for 50 points on his way to helping the Atlanta Thrashers’ affiliate to a championship.

Smotherman’s career moved to Europe in 2011/12 when he joined Danish side EfB Ishockey and was named on the league’s All-Star team for most goals and most points thanks to 31 goals and 29 assists, good for 60 points in 39 games played.

Jordan also suited up in Sweden from 2012/13 to 2015/16 before returning to the USA with the Manchester Monarchs where he posted 46 goals and 46 assists, good for 92 points in 87 games and was named in the ECHL’s 2017/18 All-Star team.

Adam Keefe on Jordan Smotherman’s arrival in Belfast:

“Jordan is a player we had been tracking and it was a no brainer when we were able to bring him in for the remainder of the season.”

“He is big forward who will add offence to our team and I know Giants fans will love his work ethic too. Actually our fans will love hearing about the lengths Jordan has gone to in order to be in Belfast for Sunday’s big game against Nottingham.”

“We were due to announce Jordan’s arrival on Monday, though he watched Saturday’s win against Coventry and changed his travel plans as soon as he saw that we might have picked up an injury and could be playing with a short bench on Sunday.”

GIANTS NEWS | Welcome to Belfast..Jordan Smotherman🙌

Smotherman goes straight into the lineup for today's clash vs Nottingham, face-off 4pm @SSEBelfastArena🏒

Full story on our new #14..and what a story it is💪

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— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) February 3, 2019

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