About Doug Smith

The journey

I am a guy from Ottawa who got tons of support growing up, was mentally conditioned to go to the NHL, played against Gretzky in record breaking games, broke his neck and started over.  


Doug Smith, author of “The Trauma Code” & “Thriving in Transition”, is a thought leader on the impact of Cumulative Emotional Trauma.

An accomplished communicator & keynote speaker, Doug delivers a performance program he designed called System 438. (4 types of trauma, 3 priorities of the subconscious, 8 behaviours to feed those 3 priorities) This important program helps companies, individuals and families to maximize human performance through a better understanding of trauma and options for repair.

Doug’s clients are able to use this understanding and messaging to the benefit of their employees and the performance of their organization.

An elite athlete from a young age, Doug turned professional at 18 years, 2 weeks old after being drafted 1st round (2nd overall) in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

Doug In The Media


How to Improve Mental Performance


How To Improve Mental Performance

Emmy Winning Talk Show 

From Glory Days” hosted by Kurt David

From Glory Days

The Impact, and Managing of Emotional trauma

As a child and teenager, Doug was emotionally and physically groomed to become the first hockey player from the ODHA (Ottawa District Hockey Association) to make it to the NHL. 

At age 16, Doug was drafted by the Ottawa 67s franchise as an underage (OHL)

After 2 years in the OHL Doug was awarded the Ontario Hockey League’s top award for Academic Achievement and at 18 years 2 weeks old, Doug was drafted 2nd pick overall into the National Hockey League. Doug would play his first year for the Los Angeles Kings as their youngest player ever and be the only player on the LA Kings his first year to play all league games and all playoff games.

Record Book – Rookie Year – Miracle on Manchester Game – The Biggest comeback in NHL Playoff History. After being down 5-0 after 2 periods against Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Smith, at just 18, and the LA Kings came back to win 6-5 in overtime.

In professional hockey game #607, at age 29, Doug went full speed, headfirst into the end boards & shattering the 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae in his neck. He would later wake up in ICU, a quadriplegic. No arms, no legs, no bladder, no bowels. “For the first time in my life I was left with nothing but my thoughts”. 

Doug Smith Performance Brand

Doug Smith Performance enables you to wake up to trauma as a human condition and provides the experientially acquired, universal and practical tools necessary to recognize the limiting beliefs which hold you back from change and your own personal transformation


Doug Smith Performance offers a system of transformation that is memorable, practical, and universally applicable for all ages, stages and areas of human life. It is easy to implement and possible to sustain with manageable effort.


The information provided through Doug Smith Performance is cutting edge, real-world applicable and of useful interest to you emotionally, relationally and professionally. The resources used to formulate the outcomes are proven, validated, and field tested through repeatable and predictable outcomes.


Doug Smith Performance provides tangible and valuable tools to nurture your own nature and identify key performance indicators needed to transform your life or your business. Once you know better – you are bound to do better. Doug Smith Performance helps you engage the change like no other.

Do you have a question about Trauma or High Performance?

Understanding the impact of Emotional Trauma makes you better as a leader and as a person. The time is now!