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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

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

Nick Bonino shares Stanley Cup with thousands on the AOF campus

AVON – He’s not the first Avon Old Farms graduate to win the Stanley Cup. But Farmington native Nick Bonino is the first to bring it on campus. Bonino, a 27-year-old center, is a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Stanley Cup finals in June.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Bonino bringing Stanley Cup to Avon Old Farms on Thursday afternoon

AVON — For the second time in three years, the Stanley Cup is coming to the Farmington Valley. In 2013, Avon native Ben Smith brought the Cup to Simsbury and the Westminster School after the Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL championship. On Thursday, the Cup is returning to the valley with Farmington native Nick Bonino,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Smith gets game-winning goal for Maple Leafs

TORONTO – Avon native Ben Smith is back in the National Hockey League – and back on the East Coast. Smith is playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a fourth line center. He scored his first goal in nine games with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Scoring midway through the third period, Smith’sContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Smith is back on the ice, scoring goals again

Avon’s Ben Smith is back on the ice again. Smith began the season with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks but missed 25 games over two months while battling concussion symptoms. After just six games, the Sharks reassigned Smith to their AHL affiliate the San Jose Barracuda. Smith, 27, is getting his feet back under him.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith preparing for season opener with San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE – It was a bit jarring for Avon native Ben Smith to be traded last March by the Chicago Blackhawks to the San Jose Sharks but that is professional sports. Now, Smith is preparing for his full season with the Sharks who are looking to get back to the NHL playoffs. San JoseContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Smith, Bonino attend pro hockey camp in preparation for upcoming NHL season

NEWINGTON, Aug. 21 – Hockey camps aren’t just for youngsters. Five National Hockey League players from Connecticut and several professional and collegiate athletes spent the past week at the Pete Asadourian Pro Hockey Camp at the Newington Arena. The week was capped off with a spirited one-hour scrimmage for the general public on Friday night beforeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Get traded can be hectic with a game in a few hours

Avon’s Ben Smith was traded from Chicago to San Jose in March. Hear a little about the hectic day from Ben.

Smith has goal, assist in Sharks’ debut

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 2 – It was a whirlwind day for Avon native Ben Smith Monday.  Smith participated in a morning skate in Chicago with the Blackhawks, found out he was traded to the San Jose Sharks, grabbed some clothes and flew across the country to play in San Jose’s game against the MontrealContinue ReadingContinue Reading