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D.J. Smith

Born:May 13, 1977Draft:1995 Islanders, 41st overall
Hometown:Cranston, RI, USAPosition:Defense
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:USA

Denis John “D. J.” Smith (born May 13, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

As a player, Smith played 45 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche. As a coach, Smith won the Memorial Cup in 2015, and spent four years as an assistant with the Maple Leafs before joining Ottawa.

Years as a NHL player: 1997-04

Years as a NHL coach: 2019-present

Ottawa Senators head coach D.J. Smith
Ottawa Senators head coach D.J. Smith (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

D.J. Smith Statistics

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Coaching History

  • 2004-10 Windsor Spitfires OHL Asst. Coach
  • 2010-12 Windsor Spitfires OHL Assoc. Coach
  • 2012-15 Oshawa Generals OHL Head Coach
  • 2013-14 Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup Asst. Coach
  • 2013-14 OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series Head Coach
  • 2014-15 Oshawa Generals OHL Asst. General Manager
  • 2015-19 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Asst. Coach
  • 2019-present Ottawa Senators NHL Head Coach


  • 2008-09 OHL Champion
  • 2013-14 Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
  • 2013-14 OHL Coach of the Year (Matt Leyden Trophy)
  • 2013-14 OHL First All-Star Team
  • 2014-15 CHL Memorial Cup Champion
  • 2014-15 OHL Champion