|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
205 lb (93 kg)
|Teams||Rochester Americans (AHL)|
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Victoria Maple Leafs (WHL)
Oakland Seals (NHL)
Chicago Black Hawks (NHL)
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Minnesota North Stars (NHL)
Fort Worth Texans (CHL)
Hershey Bears (AHL)
Washington Capitals (NHL)
Indianapolis Racers (WHA)
Tulsa Oilers (CHL)
Winnipeg Jets (WHA)
|Born||February 14, 1944,|
Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
|Pro Career||1965 – 1980|
Gary "Suitcase" Smith, a former professional ice hockey goaltender, was born in Ottawa, Ontario on February 4, 1944. Gary is a son of Des Smith and brother of Brian Smith, both former National Hockey League (NHL) players. Gary played for numerous clubs, including the Chicago Black Hawks, Oakland Seals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. He was the co-winner of the Vezina Trophy in the 1971–72 NHL season.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Gary Smith won a Memorial Cup with the junior Toronto Marlboros in 1964. Entering the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1965, and was one of five goalies who played for the Maple Leafs during the 1966–67 regular season, their last Stanley Cup season.
He eventually earned the nickname "Suitcase" Smith because of the large number of teams he played for. After playing with the dismal California Golden Seals from 1967–71, where he set records in 1970–71 for both the most games played in a single season and most losses in a single season, his first success was sharing the 1971–72 Vezina Trophy with Tony Esposito while with the Chicago Black Hawks. One year later, Smith and Esposito would help the Black Hawks to the Stanley Cup final.
Smith later played in the World Hockey Association, and was a teammate of Wayne Gretzky while playing for the Indianapolis Racers. He would be part of the Winnipeg Jets' 1979 Avco World Trophy championship.
The Jets played the Edmonton Oilers, led by Wayne Gretzky. Ironically, when Wayne Gretzky went to his first game at Maple Leaf Gardens, Gary Smith was one of the goalie’s in the game. The Maple Leafs played the California Seals and Smith was the Seals goalie.
Gary Smith gave up the last goal in WHA history to Dave Semenko.
Smith's had many other claims to fame, according to an interview in the Vancouver Province in 1997. In his first NHL game, Smith left his crease in an attempt to score a goal. He got to the Canadiens' blueline but then JC Tremblay came along. "He nailed me," said Smith.
In another game Smith punted the puck in Maple Leaf Gardens, almost hitting the clock.
Amother time he left the Vancouver Pacific Coliseum still wearing his goaltender uniform. "It's tough driving in your skates," he said in the same 1997 interview.
As of 1997 he was living in Vancouver and managing the racehorses he owned, including one named Broadcaster, named after his brother Brian, an Ottawa broadcaster who was murdered.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1961–62||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHA||31||24||6||1||-||83||3||2.68||?|
|1962–63||Neil McNeil Maroons||OHA||28||-||-||-||-||-||3||2.25||-|
|1964–65||Victoria Maple Leafs||WHL||8||1||5||-||-||-||-||4.38||?|
|1965–66||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||3||0||2||0||118||7||0||3.56||?|
|1966–67||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||2||0||2||0||115||7||0||3.65||?|
|1970–71||California Golden Seals||NHL||71||19||48||4||3975||256||2||3.86||?|
|1971–72||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||28||14||5||6||1540||62||5||2.42||?|
|1972–73||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||23||10||10||2||1340||79||0||3.54||?|
|1976–77||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||36||10||17||8||2090||139||1||3.99||?|
|1977–78||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||3||0||2||1||180||9||0||3.00||?|
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References[edit | edit source]
- Cox, Damien; Stellick, Gord. 67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and the End of an Empire. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 0-470-83400-5.
- Willes, Ed. The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association. McLelland and Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-8947-3.
- A horse of a different color is Smith: Goalie Suitcase Gary takes a run at owning a race horse; David Banks. The Province. Vancouver, B.C.: Jul 18, 1997. pg. A.56
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and Gilles Villemure
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Tony Esposito
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