Adam Smith, a defenseman from Sharon, Ontario, will join the Falcons for the second half of the 2015-2016 campaign, the Newmarket (Ontario) Era reported.
Smith is a 1996 recruit who had originally committed to the Falcons for the 2016-17 season.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder spent the first half of this season with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He finished his time with the Hurricanes with 5 assists, 9 goals, and 38 penalty minutes in 32 games.
“He’s a good sized kid,” BG assistant coach Ty Eigner said earlier this season when Smith signed his Letter of Intent. “He really skates well. He’s a smart kid, in the classroom and on the ice. We think he has a real chance to come to Bowling Green and be a really, really good college defenseman. The sky is the limit for him.”
Smith recently took part in the World Junior A Challenge as a member of the Canada East team. He finished the tournament with a pair of goals and eight penalty minutes in five games.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to decide to go because Newmarket has done so much for me over the last three years,” Smith told the Newmarket Era after his final game with Newmarket on Tuesday. “In the end, Newmarket is about moving players on and getting to the next level. Bowling Green is having a lot of (defense) trouble right now.”
He joins junior captain and defenseman Sean Walker, who played with the Hurricanes from 2011-2013.
The addition of Smith gives the Falcons another late addition on defense.
On Nov. 30 Jordan Ernst announced via Twitter he’d be joining BG early as well for the remainder of the season. The Falcons began the season short two defensemen as Nolan Valleau signed with the Chicago Blackhawks organization and Matthew Ferrari left the team for personal reasons.
More recently fifth-year senior Dajon Mingo left the team to pursue a professional opportunity, and signed with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.
The addition of Smith and Ernst gives the Falcons eight defensemen. They are eligible to play in the Falcons’ next game on Dec. 30 against Western Michigan.