RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg U18 Prep Team Photo
NameRob Smith
PositionHead Coach

Born in Steinbach, Rob started his hockey career playing for the Steinbach Millers and Eastman Selects.  At age 18 he moved to Calgary and spent three years playing Major Junior Hockey for the Calgary Hitmen and Brampton Battalion. From there, Rob played four full seasons with the University of Manitoba Bison’s while he finished a BA majoring in Psychology. His final two years with the Bison’s he was named Captain of the team. After his university career he played professional hockey in Germany and in North America. Shifting his focus from playing to coaching before Rob started behind the bench he was certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach where he worked with athletes from many different sports. The love of being a mentor and hockey coach moved Rob to start coaching hockey in the Winnipeg AAA system. After one year he joined the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL as an Assistant Coach and won the Turnbull Cup in 2013.  Rob has also been heavily involved with the U-16 POE Manitoba program coaching in the program for 4 years both as a Head and an Assistant Coach.