Category Archives: NHL

Avon native Ben Smith preparing for third season in Toronto

AVON – Avon native Ben Smith is preparing for the upcoming National Hockey League season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smith, 28, signed a one-year deal with Toronto in May for $650,000. There was plenty of speculation at the time the agreement was announced in early May that the Maple Leafs signed Smith so heContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Plenty of memorable achievements shared in Collinsville Press in 2016

Thank you for being a part of our Collinsville Press.com family in 2016. In the past 12 months, our traffic more than doubled. More than 114,000 visitors came to the site and viewed our stories and photos more than 706,000 times. Together, we’ve shared some great athletic moments and achievements in 2015. We look forwardContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Smith gets second goal of the year but Minnesota beats Maple Leafs, 3-2

TORONTO, Dec. 7 – Avon native Ben Smith scored his second goal of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Minnesota Wild beat the Maple Leafs Wednesday night, 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre. Minnesota (13-8-1) had a two-goal lead before Smith cut the lead to one whenContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Sacred Heart faces Mercyhurst in Atlantic Hockey game at AOF on Dec. 10

AVON – The late Jason Pagni played hockey at Avon Old Farms, graduating in 1990. He played on the first AOF team to win a New England championship in 1989. Pagni played two years of collegiate hockey at Quinnipiac University but over the next two decades, he made his mark in the hockey world. HeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith is back with Maple Leafs for a second time

Avon’s Ben Smith is back playing professional hockey on the East Coast. Smith, who began the season with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, is in Toronto for the second time in a year playing with the Maple Leafs. The Avalanche put Smith on waivers on Oct. 23 with the intention of sending him down to Colorado’sContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith trying to earn a roster spot with Colorado Avalanche

AVON – Avon native Ben Smith has two goals in four exhibition games in his bid to return to the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche. The 28-year-old forward signed a one-year deal with the Avalanche in July. Smith had the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over Dallas last week. First-year Colorado coach JaredContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith scores a goal in Chicago’s regular season finale

ST. LOUIS, April 27 – Avon native Ben Smith played in his first NHL game of the season Saturday night for the Chicago Blackhawks and scored a goal in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.  Smith was one of eight players called up from Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford for theContinue ReadingContinue Reading