Zachary Grandy-Smith is a former Chelmsford junior who then switched to nearby rivals Raiders IHC to make his senior NIHL South Division 1 debut in 2017/18. Providing back-up during his first term at that level he played 297 minutes of 45 games and denied 89.95% of efforts on his net. The following season he competed for the Raiders’ NIHL South Division 2 outfit before a move to the Dynamos beckoned in 2019/20.
Grandy-Smith originally signed for the Mos as a prospect with the aim of deputising and developing his game throughout the campaign but he was quickly thrust into the thick of the action when the team’s netminder tally dwindled from three to two. Suddenly finding himself as the most senior goalie on the roster, Grandy-Smith played 1694 minutes for the side in 33 games and finished the competitive year saving 88.39% of 1154 attempts on target. Having coped well with his baptism of fire the young shot stopper now returns to the club for another year looking to continue his development with the aim of staking his claim for a starting spot.
“Zack is still a young netminder who will have learned a lot from suddenly being thrown into the deep end during 2019/20. Despite the difficult challenge and burden of suddenly becoming the starting goalie he coped well and showed he has the potential to be a regular at this level. With an almost full year of NIHL hockey now behind him, his own determination to continue developing and the likes of Ben Clements to learn from I’ve no doubt the best of Zack is still to come and I’m very happy to be working with him again in 2021/22.”