Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Smith
Known as "The Bear," Al Smith was a big goalie who began his junior career in Toronto with the Marlboros of the OHA in 1964. After another season in junior, he was called up to the Maple Leafs where he made his NHL debut. The next season, Smith played one game as a Leaf and then moved on to three different teams in the WHL. After a successful season with the CHL's Tulsa Oilers, Smith rejoined the Leafs and played in the 1968 NHL All-Star Game.

He was then sent back down and was eventually claimed by the Penguins in the Intra-League Draft of 1969. Smith became a fan favourite in Pittsburgh as an aggressive player always helping teammates during a skirmish. After two seasons as a Penguin, the Red Wings claimed Smith once again, though he played only the 1971-72 season before heading to the WHA's New England Whalers.

After three seasons in the WHA, Smith made his return to the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, where he played from 1975 to 1977. He then returned to the Whalers of the WHA and led the league in wins and goals against for the 1977-78 season, winning the Ben Hatskin Trophy as the league's top goaltender. He was also named to the first all-star team. When the Whalers became an NHL team in 1979-80, Smith went along for the ride. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1980 and retired from the game after the 1980-81 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1961-62 Toronto Midget Marlboros THL
1961-62 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 1 0 4.00
1962-63 Lakeshore Maroons ON-Jr.B
1963-64 Lakeshore Maroons ON-Jr.B
1964-65 Lakeshore Maroons ON-Jr.B
1964-65 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 3 0 6.67
1965-66 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 22 0 4.15 14 0 2.61
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 1 0 0 0 1.94
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 56 24 26 5 6 3.20
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 6 1 4 0 1 2.61
1966-67 California Seals WHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 40 23 12 5 0 3.32 4 2 2 0 0 2.75
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 2 2 1 0 2.87
1968-69 Tulsa Oilers CHL 8 0 2.87
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 34 13 12 7 2 3.46
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 3 0 2.67
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 15 20 8 2 3.03 3 1 2 0 3.33
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 9 22 9 2 3.11
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 18 20 4 4 3.24
1972-73 New England Whalers WHA 51 31 19 1 3 3.18 15 12 3 0 0 3.23
1973-74 New England Whalers WHA 55 30 21 2 2 3.08 7 3 4 0 1 3.16
1974-75 New England Whalers WHA 59 33 21 4 2 3.47 6 2 4 0 0 4.59
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 9 3 2 0 3.07 1 0 0 0 3.53
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 0 3 0 0 4.30
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 55 30 20 3 2 3.22 3 0 2 0 0 7.00
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 40 17 17 5 1 3.31 4 1 2 0 0 4.71
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.00
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 30 11 10 8 2 3.66 2 0 2 0 5.00
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 37 9 18 4 0 4.75
NHL Totals 233 74 99 36 10 3.45 6 1 4 0 3.97


WHA First All-Star Team (1978)
Ben Hatskin Trophy (WHA - Best Goaltender) (1978) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1968)
Promoted to Toronto from Toronto (OHA-Jr.) and replaced Gary Smith in third period, February 20, 1966 (Detroit 4, Toronto 1) and in first period, February 23, 1966. (Toronto 3, Chicago 2). Claimed by Pittsburgh from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Claimed by Detroit from Pittsburgh in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Buffalo by Detroit for future considerations, March 10, 1975. Signed as a free agent by New England (WHA), August 15, 1977. NHL rights retained by Hartford prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Colorado by Hartford for cash, September 4, 1980.
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