Coach Ian Smith
Born in 1973 in Montreal, Canada, Ian started to play hockey at the age of 6. He played all the way through the ranks up to Midget AAA for the Lac St Louis Lions in Montreal and then on to play junior A, in Ontario, Canada for the Kanata Valley Lasers. From there, Ian went onto Middlebury College where he captained two Division III national championship teams and earned the title of the Division III, national player of the year. After graduating from Middlebury, he then traveled to Europe to play for the Deggendorf Flames in Germany’s professional 1st league. After playing in Germany, Ian traveled back to the U.S. to play in the East Coast Hockey league where he played two years for the Calgary Flames affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. Ian was called up to the IHL’s Cleveland Lumberjacks for a few games before he moved on to pursue his teaching career.
Ian then started teaching physics and coaching boys hockey at Lake Forest Academy, a prep school in Chicago, Illinois. After four years there, he moved to Vermont where he continued teaching and has also been coaching in clinics, instructional leagues and tournaments for adult men and women. Along with a successful career playing hockey, Ian has a Masters degree in Education and Curriculum development giving him a wider array of strategies for teaching athletes using the most modern educational techniques. He is also currently a certified USA Hockey Level IV coach.
Having taught for 13 years as a high school physics teacher, being a professional hockey player, and a varsity high school coach, Ian has been able to teach and develop all aspects of skills for the game to players of all ages and levels. Kellian Hockey was developed in 2012 as a way to help adults who started late to the game to learn the finer points of hockey. In 2015, Kellian hockey has expanded to include youth players from U8 all the way to varsity high school and college bound players. Kellian Hockey offers instructional leagues, clinics, camps, tournaments and private lessons.