Brendan Smith (ice hockey)

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Born (1989-02-08) February 8, 1989 (age 25)
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2007
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2010–present

Brendan Smith (born February 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Smith was drafted 27th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and was previously a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Prior to the 2007 Draft, Smith was a member of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League's St. Michael's Buzzers. In 2007, he finished his second season with St. Michael's leading all defensemen in points with 36. Smith was selected to participate in the CJAHL All-Star Game in 2006. Smith played for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge 2006, helping his team win silver. Smith played three seasons for the University of Wisconsin–Madison before he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Detroit Red Wings, on May 27, 2010. Smith made his NHL debut on November 17, 2011 against the San Jose Sharks. Smith was called up on February 27, 2012 to replace Mike Commodore, who had been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the same day. He scored his first NHL goal against Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild at the Joe Louis Arena on March 2, 2012.[2]

Smith appeared in 34 games for Detroit during the lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season. He would score his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal on May 6, 2013 during game four of Detroit's Western Conference Quarter-Finals Series against the Anaheim Ducks.

On July 16, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings re-signed Smith to a two-year, $2.525 million contract.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Brendan grew up in the Mimico neighbourhood of Etobicoke, Ontario and has two brothers, Rory and Reilly.[4] He faced his brother Reilly in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs when his Red Wings faced Reilly's Bruins.

Career statistics[edit]

Smith playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 21 3 3 6 17
2005–06 St. Michael's Buzzers OPJHL 39 5 21 26 55 17 1 5 6 44
2006–07 St. Michael's Buzzers OPJHL 39 12 24 36 90 7 2 7 9 10
2007–08 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 22 2 10 12 26
2008–09 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 31 9 14 23 75
2009–10 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 42 15 37 52 76
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 63 12 20 32 124
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 10 24 34 13
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 1 6 7 13
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 5 15 20 49
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 0 8 8 36 14 2 3 5 10
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 5 14 19 68 5 0 0 0 8
NHL totals 119 6 28 34 117 19 2 3 5 18

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Ontario U17 5 0 4 4 4
Junior totals 5 0 4 4 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA First Team 2009–10
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2009–10 [5]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2010 [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USCHO Staff (March 18, 2010). "Denver, Wisconsin Each Have Two on Hobey Top 10". USCHO.com. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Brendan Smith's first NHL goal". NHL.com. March 3, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Red Wings reach new deal
  4. ^ "Reilly Smith player profile". Eliteprospects.com. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Denver put 3 on All-America Team". Collegehockeynews.com. April 9, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jakub Kindl
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Thomas McCollum