|James Stephen Smith|
|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
210 lb (95 kg)
|Nationality||Canadian & British|
|Born||April 30, 1963,|
|NHL Draft||111th overall, 1981|
|Pro Career||1984 – 2000|
James Stephen Smith, better known as Steve Smith (born April 30, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984–85 to 2000–01. Although he was regarded as a top defenceman during his 15-year NHL career, he is often remembered for scoring a critical own goal in the playoffs of his rookie year.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Smith was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in the 6th round, 111th overall. He began his NHL career in 1985 and had a successful season, playing in 55 regular season games and six playoff games. On April 30, 1986 (his 23rd birthday), Smith and the Oilers were playing in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Final against arch-rival Calgary Flames. In the third period, with the score tied at two, he made a pass from behind his own net that inadvertently ricocheted off goaltender Grant Fuhr and into the Edmonton net. The Oilers never recovered and ultimately lost the series, while Calgary went on to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Smith played in Edmonton until the end of the 1990-91 season. After leaving Edmonton, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks until 1997. After announcing his retirement due to injury following the 1996–97 NHL season, he made a comeback and played three seasons with the Calgary Flames, retiring for good in December 2000.
Awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
- 1986–87 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
- 1987–88 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
- 1989–90 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|1984–85||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||68||2||28||30||161||5||0||3||3||40|
|1985–86||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||4||0||2||2||11||—||—||—||—||—|
International play[edit | edit source]
Played for Canada in:
|Senior int'l totals||8||0||1||1||30|
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|Calgary Flames captain
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