Spokane Chiefs defenseman and team captain Ty Smith has been named an Alternate Captain for Team Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, as announced by Hockey Canada on Twitter on Christmas Day.
Smith, a first-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is no stranger to wearing a letter at top-level events; the puck-moving rearguard wore a “C” as captain of Team WHL at the CIBC Canada-Russia Series earlier this season. He has also served as captain for Team Canada at the under-18 and under-17 level, as well as at the Youth Olympic Games under-16 tournament.
The Lloydminster, Alta. product competed for the Canadians at last year’s World Junior Championship, earning the rare honor of representing his country at the prestigious event twice.
Also donning letters for Team Canada are captain Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes [NHL]), along with fellow alternates Joe Veleno (Grand Rapids Griffins [AHL]) and Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds [OHL]).
Smith joins Chiefs teammate Lukáš Pařík at the tournament; Pařík is one of three goaltenders rostered by the hosting Czech squad.
The Chiefs remain on their mid-season holiday break until December 27 when they take on the Seattle Thunderbirds on the road. Mike Boyle will have the radio call on 103.5 FM The Game with the pre-game show at 7 p.m. and puck drop at 7:35.
Spokane next returns home on Saturday, December 28 to host Tri-City. It will be Coeur d’Alene Casino Family Feast Night with fans able to purchase a variety of discounted concessions throughout the game all along the main concourse.
Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online or via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, in-person at Spokane Arena or over the phone at 509-535-PUCK.