Toledo defenseman Smith makes college commitment
May 22, 2017
The Toledo Cherokee of the NA3HL are proud to announce that defensemen Josh Smith has committed to attend Lawrence Tech University (NAIA, ACHA Division I).
Smith, 20, spent two seasons with the Cherokee after being acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh prior to last season. The Highland, Michigan native suited up in a total of 90 games for the Cherokee scoring four goals and adding 14 assists for a total of 18 points in two seasons.
“Josh came to us in a trade last season and fit in real nice with our group and this season really improved his game and was one of our top minute guys on the back end,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.
Smith (5’8/160) joins a program that finished last season with a record of 20-7 while playing in the WHAC Conference. Lawrence Tech is located in Southfield, Michigan.
Back in November, the ACHA announced that a division for its NAIA member institutions has been created and will begin competition next season. Six member institutions of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will form an NAIA division within the America Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), beginning the 2017-18 season, which includes Lawrence Tech.
“Josh is a really good team guy that will step in and make an impact right away for his new team. I am very excited for Josh and his family as he moves on to the next level,” added Miller.
Smith is the second Cherokee from the 2016-17 season to announce his commitment he joins Ben Hamilton who announced last week he will be attending Adrian College.