Smbat Defterderian

Head of Player Development | 12A Head Coach

Coach Smbat

Coaching Philosophy

I grew up here in Southern California and spent most of my youth inside of ice rinks. I fell in love with the game at an early age and have dedicated my life to it ever since. I have been fortunate enough to play in international competitions, Juniors for the Valencia Flyers, and ultimately at the NCAA level at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Hockey has introduced me to some of my closest friends, some of my favorite experiences, and has made me a better person off the ice. I owe everything to this game and when my playing career ended, I knew it was my responsibility to share my knowledge and love for the game with our young players.

My coaching philosophy is centered around hard work and passion for the game. I want players to enjoy coming to the rink to practice every single day and competing to the best of their abilities. My goal is to develop teamwork, individual skill and hockey sense, and instill a diligent work-ethic in players. I will also push players to want to better themselves both on and off the ice. Youth hockey is an excellent medium for teaching players life skills at a young age and as a coach, it is our privilege to be a part of that process.


  • USA Hockey Level 4


  • 8 & Under (Mite)
  • 10 & Under (Squirt)
  • 12 & Under (Pee Wee)
  • 14 & Under (Bantam)
  • 16/18/19 & Under (Midget)


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About SC Flyers

The Santa Clarita Flyers Hockey Club is committed to establishing an athletic experience that enriches and empowers the youth of our community through hockey. We strive to develop committed athletes on and off the ice, who are of character and integrity and will positively influence their communities throughout their lifetimes.

Contact Info

SC Flyers


27745 Smyth Dr.

Valencia, CA 91355