Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Smith
Gary Smith, the son of Des Smith, who won the Cup in 1941 with a talented Boston Bruins team, played his junior hockey in Toronto for the St. Michael's Majors, Neil McNeil Maroons, and Marlboros. He made the jump to the pros in the 1964-65 season playing for three teams in the AHL, CHL, and WHL.

Smith made his NHL debut the next season with the Leafs for three games, spending the majority of the year with the Rochester Americans in the AHL. After another brief stint with the Leafs in the 1966-67 season, the Oakland Seals claimed Smith in the Expansion Draft where he found his first regular playing time in the NHL. Four seasons went by with tough expansion team losses. One name change later, they became the California Golden Seals, and Smith was traded to the Blackhawks in 1971.

In Chicago, he was teamed with netminder great Tony Esposito and they shared the Vezina Trophy in Smith's first year with the team. Two seasons later, Smith found himself on the move again, this time to Vancouver. After three seasons as a Canuck, he was dealt to Minnesota, then signed with Washington as a free agent, only to be dealt back to the North Stars. With a stint in the WHA, Smith played his final season in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets in 1979-80.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 31 24 6 1 3 2.68 12 0 3.00
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 4 0 3 0 0 6.59
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons MTJHL 28 3 2.35 10 0 4.00
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons M-Cup 6 2 4 0 0 4.50
1963-64 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 55 40 8 7 3 3.41 9 1 2.89
1963-64 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 12 11 1 0 0 3.17
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1964-65 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1964-65 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 8 1 5 0 0 4.38
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 37 20 11 4 2 2.86 4 2 2 0 0 3.83
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 2 0 0 3.56
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 17 6 5 4 1 2.62
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 17 6 8 3 2 2.97
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 2 0 0 3.65
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 21 2 13 4 1 3.19
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 54 21 24 7 4 2.97 7 3 4 0 3.29
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 65 19 34 12 2 3.11 4 0 4 0 3.15
1970-71 California Seals NHL 71 19 48 4 2 3.86
1971-72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 28 14 5 6 5 2.42 2 1 1 1 1.50
1972-73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 23 10 10 2 0 3.54 2 0 1 0 4.62
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 20 33 8 3 3.44
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 32 24 9 6 3.09 4 1 3 0 3.27
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 20 24 6 2 3.50
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 36 10 17 8 1 3.99 1 0 0 0 5.58
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 17 2 12 3 0 4.16
1977-78 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 1 0 3.69
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 2 1 0 3.00
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 13 8 3 1 1 2.98 9 5 4 0 1 2.94
1978-79 Indianapolis Racers WHA 11 0 10 1 0 5.51
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 11 7 3 0 0 2.97 10 8 2 0 0 3.73
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 20 4 11 4 0 4.08
1979-80 Tulsa Oilers CHL 22 7 11 4 0 3.31 1 0 1 0 0 6.00
NHL Totals 532 173 261 74 26 3.39 20 5 13 1 3.22


Son of Des
Brother of Brian
Vezina Trophy (1972) (shared with Tony Esposito) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975)
Promoted to Toronto from Rochester (AHL) to replace injured Terry Sawchuk and played in games on February 19, 20, 23, 1966. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Chicago by California for Kerry Bond, Gerry Pinder and Gerry Desjardins, September 9, 1971. Selected by Chicago (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Vancouver by Chicago with Jerry Korab for Dale Tallon, May 14, 1973. Traded to Minnesota by Vancouver for Cesare Maniago, August 23, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 3, 1977. Traded to Minnesota by Washington for cash, February 19, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Indianapolis (WHA), September, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA) after Indianapolis (WHA) franchise folded, December 17, 1978. NHL rights retained by Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.
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