Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dennis Smith
Defenseman Dennis Smith played his Junior hockey with the Kingston Canadians then joined the Erie Golden Blades of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League before moving on to stops in Sweden and Peoria before signing his first NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings in December of 1986. Smith, who was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 27th, 1964, never got a chance to play of his hometown team instead spending the next three years with their farm club in Adirondack. On July 25th, 1989, Smith signed a deal with the Washington Capitals and it was with them that he made his debut.

Smith suited up for four games with the Capitals during the 1989-90 season and was held without a point. That off-season Smith moved on and signed a free agent contract with the Los Angles Kings.

On the West Coast Smith again played just four games and again was kept off the score sheet. Though Smith signed a deal with the Boston Bruins and was later traded back to the Washington Capitals, he did not resurface at the NHL level.

In 1992 Smith signed to play a season in Austria with VEU Feldkirch then retired from the game at season's end. After a year away he retuned, this time in the International Hockey League and played two years with the Kalamazoo Wings before retiring for a second and final time in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Taylor Michigan Midgets MNHL 37 25 40 65
1981-82 Kingston Canadians OHL 48 2 24 26 84 4 0 2 2 0
1982-83 Kingston Canadians OHL 58 6 30 36 100
1983-84 Kingston Canadians OHL 62 10 41 51 165
1983-84 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 2 1 1 2 2 9 2 4 6 8
1984-85 Osby IF Sweden-2 30 15 15 30 74
1984-85 Erie Golden Blades ACHL 19 5 20 25 67 12 1 4 5 52
1985-86 Peoria Rivermen IHL 70 5 15 20 102 10 0 2 2 18
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 64 4 24 28 120 6 0 0 0 8
1987-88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 75 6 24 30 213 11 2 2 4 47
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 75 5 35 40 176 17 1 6 7 47
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 74 8 25 33 103 12 0 3 3 65
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 4 +3
1990-91 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 61 7 25 32 148
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 59 2 32 34 63
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 17 1 4 5 23
1992-93 VEU Feldkirch Austria 25 7 19 26
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 58 2 22 24 89
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 8 2 0 2 12
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 31 2 1 3 41 13 0 2 2 33
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 49 0 10 10 62 10 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 62 2 7 9 60 3 0 0 0 6
NHL Totals 8 0 0 0 4


AHL Second All-Star Team (1990) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, December 2, 1986. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 25, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, September 28, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Boston, August 2, 1991. Traded to Washington by Boston with John Byce for Brent Hughes and cash, February 24, 1992.
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