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DETROIT — Earlier this week, Bruins center David Krejci referred to teammate Reilly Smith as playing like “a 10-year vet.” And maybe there’s a reason for that.
Smith grew up with two older brothers, Rory and Brendan, both of whom are also professional athletes. So Smith spent his time with the older kids, tagging along, playing with them. It’s something that shows around a locker room in which he often seems like one of the seasoned players, rather than one who had just 40 NHL games under his belt coming into this season.
“I think that he’s always had that,” said Brendan Smith, a defenseman for the Red Wings, who hosted the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night. “I think he’s a little bit more mature than his age .”