FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators are proud to announce that ’99 born F Conor Smart has committed to NCAA III Oswego State University (Oswego, NY) for the 2020-21 season.
Smart, 20, was acquired prior to the 2017-2018 season from the Orangeville Flyers of the OJHL and made an instant impact as a Jr. Senator.
In 56 games this season, the two-time Bogart and Fred Page Cup champion has recorded 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points.
“I chose Oswego because of the great hockey tradition and the mix of both academics and hockey,” said Jr. Senators forward Conor Smart. “After I did a tour of the campus and got to meet the coaching staff and see the amazing facilities, I knew right away I wanted to be a Laker.”
The Keswick, Ontario native has a career 57 goals and 61 assists for 118 points in 229 games of action. On the past two Jr. Senators playoff runs, Smart tallied 22 points through 43 games in the playoffs, Fred Page Cup, and National Jr. A Championships.
“We’re very happy for him. Conor (Smart) is a kid that we all liked. He’s also loved by his teammates and is a good dressing room guy,” said OJS Head Coach Martin Dagenais on Smart’s commitment. “Obviously he’s a skilled player, but brings a lot of speed to our hockey club, and is always a playoff performer. He was huge last year, especially in the first round against Kanata, scoring some big goals. Oswego is a good NCAA Division III program, they got a good team over their. Every year it’s a good school. He’s going to have a lot of fun and will have a good player.”
With captain Owen Cole committed to UMass-Lowell and Tucker McIntosh committed to St. Lawrence, and Faisal Alsaif committed to Williams College, Smart becomes the fourth Jr. Senator to commit to an NCAA program.
“I’m looking forward to a strong ending to my junior career here in Ottawa and finishing strong,” added Smart. “The guys in the locker room are wanting to use this momentum from a strong ending to the season into another long playoff run to reach our ultimate goal of that Bogart Cup.”
Smart will follow in the footsteps of fellow former Jr. Senator Jody Sullivan (2016) who completes his final season at Oswego State University this year.