|5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
175 lb (80 kg)
New York Rangers
Hamiota, MB, CAN
|Pro Career||1959 – 1978|
Signed as a teenager by the Bruins, after a junior career with their Estevan Bruins farm team, Smith made his debut with Boston in 1960. He played the full 1961 season with the club, but thereafter spent most of the next seven seasons in the minor leagues, winning Second All-Star Team accolades with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL in 1966.
With expansion in 1967 Smith made the Bruins for good, and partnered with superstar Bobby Orr on defense, led the NHL in plus/minus the first season the statistic was officially tabulated. He gained a reputation as a solid defensive defenceman -- as well as a wide repute as the league's strongest man, bolstered by his ownership of a Manitoba farm. His best season was 1971, during which he had his career high of 45 points, played in the NHL All-Star Game and finished with a plus/minus of +94, the fourth highest total in history.
Smith was named interim captain of the Bruins in 1977 after longtime captain John Bucyk was injured, but left the team after a dispute, playing for the Canadian national team in the 1977 World Championships after that. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in December 1978 at the importuning of old teammate Phil Esposito, but his skills having significantly diminished, retired at season's end.
Smith finished his NHL career with 55 goals, 307 assists and 959 penalty minutes in 890 games.
Awards & Achievements
- CPHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
- CPHL Championships (1966 & 1967)
- Stanley Cup Championships (1970 & 1972)
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game (1971, 1972, 1973, & 1974)
- Named to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, but declined.
- Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007
- Honoured Member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
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