Ottawa Senators Head Coach
D.J. Smith has been in the position of Senators head coach since May 23, 2019, replacing the former interim head coach Marc Crawford.
"D.J. Smith is a winner. We believe he is the best person to drive the development and success of the Ottawa Senators," said the GM of the franchise, Pierre Dorion after hiring Denis Joseph Smith.
Initially, the Senators signed Smith to a three-year contract and extended it for two years on July 28, 2021, and he will be leading the team for the 2023-24 season.
In advance of his coaching tenure with the Senators, Smith worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2015-19. He joined the Leafs franchise as an assistant coach to the newly hired head coach, Mike Babcock.
Previously, Smith worked for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League as head coach from 2012-15. During his first season in 2012-13 with the Generals, he led the team to finish the Eastern Conference third earning a record of 42-22-4.
In the next season, Smith was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year. The 2014-15 season was the best season of the Generals with Smith.
They were the top team in the Eastern Conference during the season. The Generals won the J. Ross Robertson Cup and the 2015 Memorial Cup.
Smith's coaching career started with the Windsor Spitfires in 2005. He was selected as an assistant coach of the team and eventually promoted to associate coach during the 2010-11 season.
As a player, Smith played in 45 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Avalanche from 1996 - 2002. He was drafted by the New York Islanders.