WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have signed forward Justin Smith for the 2013-14 season.
Smith, 25, joins the Nailers after spending the 2012-13 season in Europe, with teams in Germany and Hungary. He started the year with EHC Neuwied in Germany, where he appeared in eight games, registering three points (1g-2a). He then moved southeast to Hungary, where he completed the year with Miskolci Jegesmedve JSE, scoring seven points (2g-5a) in 28 regular season games, before tallying three goals in four playoff games for the Polar Bears.
Prior to his time across the pond, the Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia native attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for four years. While with the Engineers, Smith appeared in 42 games, totaling four points (1g-3a) and 49 penalty minutes. Smith also spent one season with the BCHL’s Langley Chiefs in 2007-08, recording 23 points (13g-10a) and 32 penalty minutes.