Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don McLeod
They called Don McLeod 'Smokey' because he hailed from Trail, BC, the home of the world-renowned Trail Smoke Eaters.

Born August 24, 1946, Smokey was a career minor league netminder in the Detroit Red Wings' organization, playing with four AHL and one CHL team in his first two seasons of professional hockey. Then, during the 1970-71 season, McLeod got the call and joined the Red Wings, supplanting Jim Rutherford and Roy Edwards in the Detroit goal. Challenged with a struggling Detroit team, Smokey's goals against average was an inflated 5.16. Ironically, that same season, while playing with Fort Worth of the CHL, McLeod was part of a tandem that won the Terry Sawchuk Trophy for allowing the fewest goals against.

The next season, 1971-72, Smokey was chosen by the Philadelpha Flyers in the Reverse Draft, and spent the season with the Flyers as well as Richmond and Providence of the AHL. Smokey McLeod jumped to the WHA at its inauguration in 1972-73, playing with the Houston Aeros. In 1973-74, McLeod led the Aeros to the WHA championship, turning in a performance that saw him chosen First Team All-Star and Ben Hatskin Trophy recipient as the WHA's top goaltender. That fall, McLeod, along with Gerry Cheevers and Gilles Gratton, was selected to represent Team Canada at the 1974 Summit Series versus the Soviets. Unfortunately, Smokey played in just one game but was rocked with 8 goals against the Soviet team. McLeod spent six seasons in all as a WHA goaltender, with stints in Vancouver, Calgary, Quebec and Edmonton as well as Houston.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1963-64 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 8 0 7 0 0 6.57
1964-65 Edmonton Oil Kings CAHL
1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings ASHL 29 0 3.97 9 6 3 0 0 3.12
1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 19 15 4 0 3 2.67
1966-67 Edmonton Oil KIngs CMJHL 38 1 3.32 9 2 3 4 2 3.91
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 2 0 1 0 0 7.50
1967-68 Springfield Kings AHL 9 6 2 1 0 3.00 4 1 3 0 0 3.25
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 17 5 6 5 0 3.00
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 7 2 3 1 0 4.43
1968-69 Springfield Kings AHL 34 15 13 2 0 3.44
1969-70 Fort Worth Wings CHL 37 18 11 8 1 2.97 3 0 3 0 0 3.75
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 3 7 0 0 5.16
1970-71 Fort Worth Wings CHL 36 2 2.57 3 0 4.35
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 3 1 0 4.64
1971-72 Richmond Robins AHL 5 1 3 1 0 2.80
1971-72 Providence Reds AHL 19 6 8 4 0 2.73
1972-73 Houston Aeros WHA 41 19 20 1 1 3.61 3 0 3 0 0 2.70
1973-74 Houston Aeros WHA 49 33 13 3 3 2.56 14 12 2 0 0 2.49
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 1 0 1 0 0 8.28
1974-75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 72 33 35 2 1 3.34
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 63 30 27 3 1 3.50 10 5 5 0 0 3.97
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 67 25 34 5 3 3.40
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 7 2 4 0 0 4.17
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 33 15 10 1 2 3.55 4 1 3 0 1 4.64
NHL Totals 18 3 10 1 0 5.05


Terry Sawchuk Trophy (CHL - fewest goals against) (1971) (shared with Gerry Gray)
WHA First All-Star Team (1974)
Ben Hatskin Trophy (WHA - Best Goaltender) (1974)
Claimed by Philadelphia (Quebec-AHL) from Detroit in Reverse Draft, June, 1971. Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver (WHA) after securing release from Houston (WHA), August 15, 1974. Transferred to Calgary (WHA) after Vancouver (WHA) franchise relocated, May 7, 1975. Claimed by Quebec (WHA) from Calgary (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Auction, August, 1977. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) with Pierre Guite for Dave Inkpen, Ken Broderick, Warren Miller and Rick Morris, November, 1977.
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