Maryland forward Smiley makes NCAA commitment
May 1, 2020
The Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward Jack Smiley has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Endicott College next season.
Smiley, 20, was a mid-season addition to the Black Bears in 2019-20 and was an instant fan favorite upon arrival in Piney Orchard. The 6’4/203 lbs. native of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, came to the Black Bears as a seasoned veteran in the NAHL that brought leadership, a high hockey IQ, and size.
Smiley began the season with the Shreveport Mudbugs, recording 10 points in 35 games played before being traded to the Black Bears. In 12 games with Maryland, Smiley had one goal.
“I am excited to further my education and hockey career at Endicott College. I am very grateful to the fans, staff, billets, coaches and my teammates of the Maryland Black Bears organization for supporting me and helping me get here,” said Smiley.
“We enjoyed having Jack join our organization and provide the leadership and work ethic we have established within our program. He is a classy individual, and we look forward to seeing him continue his career with Endicott College. He will be a great addition to their campus,” said Black Bears Head Coach and General Manager Clint Mylymok.
Smiley made his NAHL debut during the 2018-19 season with the Corpus Christi IceRays, recording 11 points in 28 games. Overall in his NAHL career, Smiley played in 75 games and had 22 points.
“Jack impressed with his talent on the ice and leadership in the locker room. His fan base in Shreveport followed him to Maryland and we look forward to following him as he continues his journey at the collegiate level,” added Maryland Black Bears’ President Robyn Remick.