Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Smith
Defenseman Dan Smith was born in Fernie, British Columbia on October 19, 1976 and went on to play his Junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. Smith then moved on to the Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League farm team of the Colorado Avalanche who drafted Smith in 1995.

After playing a handful of games with the Bears during the 1996-97 season, Smith then played his first full pro season the next year. And while much of the 1998-99 campaign was also spent in Hershey, he also made his NHL debut with the Avalanche.

Smith played 12 games on the Colorado blueline but did not register a point. He resurfaced with the Avalanche briefly the following year suiting up for three more contests, but again he was held scoreless.

The 2000-01 season was spent entirely on the farm club and though he was back in Colorado in 2001, it was not with the Avalanche. Smith joined the Colorado Gold Kings of the WCHL for the 2001-02 season. After only one season with the Gold Kings in the WCHL, Smith returned to the AHL as a member of the Springfield Falcons before signing with the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2003.

Smith spent the majority of the next three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers' AHL affliates in Toronto and Hamilton. In the summer of 2006, Smith signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings.The organization would send Smith to the club's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids where he appeared in 80 games.

In the summer of 2007, Smith was once again on the move as the defenseman signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Fernie Ghostriders RMJHL
1994-95 U. of British Columbia CWUAA 28 1 3 4 26
1995-96 Tri-City Americans WHL 58 1 21 22 70 11 1 3 4 14
1996-97 Tri-City Americans WHL 72 5 19 24 174
1996-97 Hershey Bears AHL 8 0 1 1 6 15 0 1 1 25
1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 50 1 2 3 71 +4 6 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 0 0 9 +5
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 54 5 7 12 72 -2 5 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 0 0 0 0 +2
1999-00 Hershey Bears AHL 49 7 15 22 56 -11
2000-01 Hershey Bears AHL 58 2 12 14 34 -3 12 0 1 1 4
2001-02 Colorado Gold Kings WCHL 12 0 2 2 16 +6
2001-02 Lukko Rauma Finland 32 1 2 3 18
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 69 1 14 15 53 0 6 0 2 2 0
2003-04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 66 4 9 13 41 +2
2004-05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 72 5 10 15 72 +9
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 0 0 7 +1
2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 69 0 15 15 61 +11
2006-07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 80 1 10 11 97 +13 7 0 1 1 8
2007-08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 77 1 6 7 73 +13 10 0 1 1 17
2008-09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 79 3 4 7 91 +3
NHL Totals 22 0 0 0 16


Signed as a free agent by Colorado (WCHL), October 26, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Rauma (Finland) after receiving release from Colorado (WCHL), November 21, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, August 21, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 13, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 11, 2007.
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