April 6, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. – Miami University junior forward Reilly Smith was named a First-Team West All-American Friday as the American Hockey Coaches Association announced the 2011-12 AHCA/CCM Hockey Division I All-America teams as part of the NCAA’s Frozen Four weekend.
With Smith’s selection, the RedHawks have now had at least one All-American each of the last nine years dating back to 2004 while this year marks the second straight year Miami has placed a player on the All-America First Team as 2011 Hobey Baker winner Andy Miele earned the honor last year. Smith is the seventh RedHawk to ever earn First-Team All-America honors and becomes the 14th Miami player to earn All-America distinction on either team while those 14 players have been named an All-American a combined 17 times.
Smith was one of five players from the CCHA to earn All-America accolades, along with Ferris State goaltender Taylor Nelson, Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug, FSU defenseman Chad Billins and Western Michigan defenseman Dan DeKeyser. Joining Smith on the West All-America First Team are Nelson, Krug, Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz, Minnesota-Duluth forward Jack Connolly and Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz.
Smith (Mimico, Ont.), who earned Second-Team honors from College Hockey News, was a 2012 Hobey Baker Award finalist, a unanimous First-Team All-CCHA selection and named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team, the latter two for the second straight year. The 6-foot-1 sniper finished the season second nationally with 30 goals in 39 games while his 48 points tied for 10th in the country as he added 18 assists as well. His 1.23 points per game ranked 14th in the country. The 30 goals place Smith seventh in Miami single-season history as he is just the second RedHawk to score 30 goals in a year since 1993 (Ryan Jones in 2007-08).
A team captain this season, Smith led the NCAA with eight-game winning goals, which ties a Miami single-season record, including scoring four straight game-winners from Jan. 7 to Jan. 21. Of his 30 goals, nine came on the power play, which tied for ninth nationally, while two were short-handed. Smith also captured the CCHA goal-scoring title for the second straight year with 18 goals in league play while his 28 points in CCHA action were third. He finished with a +26 rating overall, which tied for second in the country.
Smith had a career-long 10-game point streak from Feb. 10-March 17 and a career-long-tying four-game goal streak from Feb. 17-25 while totaling 16 points in his last seven contests as a RedHawk. The winger notched six multi-goal, six multi-assist and 14 multi-point games on the year, including two hat tricks, giving him three for his career. Smith was the only CCHA player with multiple hat tricks on the season while notching a career-high four points twice, Oct. 14 at Colgate when he notched his first hat trick of the year and Feb. 25 at Ohio State (1g, 3a).
Smith was named CCHA Player of the Month for November and January, CCHA Player of the Week four times (most of any player) and Inside College Hockey (INCH) National Player of the Week after a four-goal weekend in a sweep of Western Michigan (Jan. 20-21). He was also named MVP of the Denver Cup Classic (Nov. 25-26) after a three-goal tournament.
Following Miami’s 2011-12 season, Smith signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, who had drafted him in the third round in 2009, foregoing his senior campaign at Miami. He made his NHL debut March 28 at Edmonton and has played in two games for the Stars this season.
Smith finished his RedHawk career with 122 points in 121 games on 66 goals and 56 assists. The 66 career goals tie him for ninth in school history while his 122 career points rank 27th all-time at Miami. He became the 47th player in Miami history to top the century mark for points Jan. 28 against Northern Michigan. He also totaled 12 career game-winning goals, which ties Miele for second in school history. Smith finishes with 15 career multi-goal games and 38 career multi-point games while posting a +63 rating.
First-Team West All-America
Taylor Nelson, SR, G, Ferris State
Torey Krug, JR, D, Michigan State
Justin Schultz, JR, D, Wisconsin
Jack Connolly, SR, F, Minnesota-Duluth
Jaden Schwartz, SO, F, Colorado College
Reilly Smith, JR, F, Miami
Second-Team West All-America
Kent Patterson, SR, G, Minnesota
Chad Billins, SR, D, Ferris State
Dan DeKeyser, SO, D, Western Michigan
Nick Bjugstad, SO, F, Minnesota
J.T. Brown, SO, F, Minnesota-Duluth
Jason Zucker, SO, F, Denver