Every summer, the Colorado Avalanche host a prospects camp. This July, the camp will feature Colorado born and raised Landon Smith. According to the Denver Post on Thursday, Smith was asked to attend by David Oliver, who is the director of AHL operations for the Avalanche.
“It’s incredible. I grew up watching the Avalanche my entire life,” said Smith. “So to get a call from them is incredible. No other words for it.”
Born in Denver and raised in Greenwood Village, Colo.; Smith captained the U16 Colorado Thunderbirds to the Tier I AAA national championship, the first in state history. He is also a former University of Denver recruit, but was recruited by George Gwozdecky, and was not signed by new coach Jim Montgomery.
“It kind of drove me, gave me fire to excel,” said Smith.
Smith instead committed to Quinnipac University and played last season for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks of the BCHL. He was named the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player, leading the league in scoring with 83 points in 58 games.
Mid –season, he was asked to join the University of North Dakota, but declined; instead wanting to honor his commitments to both Quinnipac and Salmon Arm.
Known for his terrific shot and his blazing speed, Smith was voted as the BCHL prospect expected to have the most success in the NCAA by a poll of college assistant coaches. The 20-year-old is no longer draft eligible, and is free to pass up college and sign with any NHL team.