Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- D.J. Smith
Drafted by the New York Islanders but traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs before he completed his Junior career with his hometown Windsor, Ontario Spitfires defenseman D.J. Smith made his National Hockey League debut during the 1996-97 season.

Smith, who was born on May 13, 1977, played the bulk of that campaign in Junior but suited up for the Maple Leafs for seven games. Smith contributed one assist while with the big club and was named to the Ontario Hockey League's Second All-Star Team that year as well.

Smith spent the next two seasons in the American Hockey League with the St. John's Maple Leafs honing his game and returned to the NHL during the 1999-00 campaign. Smith suited up for three more matches with Toronto but was unable to register a point.

Smith returned to St. John's for the rest of that year and all of the next two.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Belle River Canadiens ON-Jr.C 40 5 18 23 39
1992-93 Windsor Bulldogs ON-Jr.B 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Windsor Bulldogs ON-Jr.B 51 8 34 42 267
1994-95 Windsor Spitfires OHL 61 4 13 17 201 10 1 3 4 41
1995-96 Windsor Spitfires OHL 64 14 45 59 260 7 1 7 8 23
1995-96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 15 52 67 190 5 1 7 8 11
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 0 1 1 7 -5
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 65 4 11 15 237 4 0 0 0 4
1998-99 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 79 7 28 35 216 +6 5 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 5 -1
1999-00 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 74 6 22 28 197 0
2000-01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 59 7 12 19 106 +4 4 0 0 0 11
2001-02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 59 6 10 16 152 -5
2001-02 Hershey Bears AHL 14 0 3 3 33 +7 8 1 0 1 33
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 34 1 0 1 55 +2
2002-03 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 0 0 4 -3
2003-04 Hershey Bears AHL 35 7 7 14 71 -1
NHL Totals 45 1 1 2 67


OHL Second All-Star Team (1997) Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with Wendel Clark and Mathieu Schneider for Darby Hendrickson, Sean Haggerty, Kenny Jonsson and Toronto's 1st round pick (Roberto Luongo) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 13, 1996. Traded to Nashville by Toronto with Marty Wilford for Marc Moro, March 1, 2002. Traded to Colorado by Nashville for Tampa Bay's 9th round pick (previously acquired, Nashville selected Matt Davis) in 2002 NHL Draft, March 1, 2002. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to concussion vs. San Jose, November 5, 2002. Missed remainder of 2003-04 due to knee injury vs. Norfolk (AHL), January 14, 2004.
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