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Railers ink veteran forward LaVallee-Smotherman


WORCESTER, Mass. – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club, ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, announced that the club has signed veteran forward Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman to a contract for the 2021-22 season.

Lavallee-Smotherman enters his 16th professional season and joins the Railers HC after spending the 2020-21 season in Denmark with the Esbjerg Energy where he tallied six points (3g-3a) in 12 regular-season games and one goal in six playoff games. Prior to that, he spent the previous two seasons primarily with the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League where he led the club in scoring with 36 points (13g-23a) in 47 games during the 2019-20 season and helped Belfast captures the Elite League and Challenge Cup titles during the 2018-19 season. 

He was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and played four NHL games with the Thrashers from 2007-09, tallying two points (1g-1a). Lavallee-Smotherman spent parts of three seasons with the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, from 2006-09 producing 106 points (54g-52a) in 219 games and helped the Wolves win the Calder Cup in 2008. In total, he accumulated 164 points (78g-86a) in 373 AHL games with Chicago, Syracuse, Providence and Springfield.

The native of Corvallis, Oregon grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts and skated with the Manchester Monarchs for parts of two seasons from 2016-18 totaling 92 points (46g-46a) in 87 games and was named to the All-ECHL First Team during the 2017-18 season.

Prior to turning pro, Lavallee-Smotherman spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Quebec Remparts from 2002-06 tallying 139 points (72g-67a) in 225 games and helped the Remparts to a Memorial Cup championship in 2006.