Skills Director

Director of Player Development


Mr. Smail is a native of Moose Jaw, Saskachewan who has spent 16 years as a player in professional hockey, 13 of which were spent in the NHL, and almost 20 years as a championship winning coach and instructor.

After playing for the home town Moose Jaw Canucks of the SJHL where he won both a league MVP and leading scorer award, Mr. Smail continued his career in the U.S. at the University of  North Dakota.  His time in the WCHA was highlighted by a National Championship and Tournament MVP award in 1980.

His record setting and All-Star career continued in the NHL after signing with the Winnipeg Jets where he played for almost eleven years before finishing his NHL stint with stops in Minnesota, Quebec, and Ottawa.

Mr. Smail's love of the game then took him overseas for three years in the British Elite Hockey League, a stop which included a Player of the Year Award, and where he was given the opportunity to help redefine the organizational architecture of the Cardiff Devils Hockey Club, a venture which went on to produce two championship seasons.

Throughout his career Coach Smail has been involved in Hockey Schools concerning on ice instruction, drill and program development, and complete hockey school infrastructure organization.  He has  developed a training and nutritional program for hockey in Colorado with a unique and effective approach to training and developing responsible child athletes which emphasizes:  Hard Work, Responsibility, and Creativity.

In spite of many high level coaching opportunities, including the NHL, Mr. Smail has dedicated his coaching expertise and his abundant hockey knowledge and passion to the local youth hockey community, where he continues to share his knowledge with all levels of youth players, from Mites through AAA and above, both through his coaching as well as through his highly acclaimed Camp of No Forgiveness.  Hyland Hills Hockey, and all of our players are fortunate to have him.

Career Highlights in Brief

1980 NCAA National Champion (North Dakota)
1980 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team 
1980 NCAA Championship Tournament MVP
University of North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame
NHL most 30 goal scorers on one team (6) : Winnipeg 1984-85
1990 NHL All-Star (Campbell Conference)
NHL record for fastest goal after the opening faceoff (5 seconds)
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise record for career shorthanded goals (25)
1994 British Ice Hockey Writers Association Player of the Year