Former Michigan State Spartan forward Bryan Smolinski (1989-1993) has signed with the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League.
The Toledo native joins newly-signed forward Sean Avery, a former Detroit Red Wings forward, and defensemen Chris Chelios and Derian Hatcher, two Wings that signed last week.
Smolinski scored 80 goals and 181 points in his four years playing at Munn Ice Arena. He has played in the NHL since 1992 with Boston, Pittsburgh, New York Islanders, Los Angeles and most recently with Ottawa.
Not a stranger to playing in the minors during a labor situation, Smolinski played for the Detroit Vipers of the old International Hockey League back in 1996 while holding out from Pittsburgh. He was later dealt to the Islanders for Darius Kasparaitis.