Brothers, and Ontario Hockey League alumni, Adam Smyth and Matt Smyth both are in their fourth seasons in the Central Hockey League. Adam is a member of the Arizona Sundogs and Matt is with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
Adam, the oldest, played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-01 to 2003-04. He was a member of the Ottawa 67’s until two games into his final season when he was shipped to the Owen Sound Attack. Smyth led the 67’s in penalty minutes during the 2001-02 season with 205. He helped Ottawa to the Robertson Cup final in 2002-03 when the 67’s lost out to the Kitchener Rangers in five games.
Undrafted, Adam spent his first two seasons of professional hockey mostly in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators. He was the team leader in penalty minutes both seasons with 217 and 286. Over the two seasons, he made his way up to the AHL for five games with the Chicago Wolves.
After a season in the UHL in 2006-07 when he led the Muskegon Lumberjacks in PIM with 236, he began his career in the CHL. The Sundogs are Adam’s third team since joining the league after coming over from the Mississippi Riverkings midway through last season. Over the past two seasons, he had led his team in PIM and placed third in the league in that category.
The younger Matt Smyth tends to spend less time in the penalty box and more time holding up the blue line. Matt played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06, although his first consisted of only one game. He played with the Owen Sound Attack before moving over to the Belleville Bulls for his final season in the OHL.
After a year in the ECHL with the Phoenix Roadrunners in 2006-07, it was off to the CHL for Matt. In his four seasons in the league, including the current campaign, Matt has played for five different teams: Wichita, Tulsa, Corpus Christi, Mississippi and, of course, Rio Grande Valley.