Bryan Smolinski

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Bryan Smolinski
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Smolinski in 2007
Born (1971-12-27) December 27, 1971 (age 42)
Toledo, OH, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
Montreal Canadiens
National team  United States
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1990
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1992–2010

Bryan Anthony Smolinski (born December 27, 1971) is a retired American professional ice hockey center. The Boston Bruins drafted him 21st overall in 1990. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens. He also previously played with the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League (IHL).

Playing career[edit]

Drafted[edit]

Smolinski grew up in Genoa, Ohio and played college hockey for the Michigan State Spartans. After his freshman year, he was drafted 21st overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Smolinksi completed a four-year tenure with the Spartans before joining the Boston Bruins for the end of the 1992–93 season.

National Hockey League[edit]

Playing in his rookie campaign in 1993–94 Smolinski tallied 31 goals and 51 points. After a 31-point season in the shortened 1994–95 campaign, Smolinski was traded in the summer of 1995 alongside Glen Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Kevin Stevens and Shawn McEachern. Playing in his only season with the Penguins in 1995–96, he scored a career-high 40 assists and 64 points. However, Smolinski and the Penguins could not agree on a new contract in the off-season and he subsequently sat out the start of the next season, playing for the Detroit Vipers of the IHL. In November 1996, general manager Mike Milbury of the New York Islanders traded defenceman Darius Kasparaitis and rookie Andreas Johansson for the rights to negotiate a contract with Smolinski.

Smolinski played three seasons for the Islanders before being traded in June 1999 as part of an eight-player deal that saw him, Žigmund Pálffy, goaltender Marcel Cousineau, and 4th round selection previously acquired from the New Jersey Devils (Daniel Johansson) traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron, and a first-round selection (Taylor Pyatt). Smolinski played four seasons for the Kings, before being traded to the Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline for defence prospect Tim Gleason on March 11, 2003.[1]

Smolinksi with the Vancouver Canucks in 2007.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Smolinski was an assistant hockey coach at Cranbrook Kingswood before briefly playing for the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League (UHL). Returning to the Senators for the 2005–06 season, he was traded in the subsequent off-season on July 9, 2006, to the Chicago Blackhawks in a three-way deal with the Senators and San Jose Sharks.[2] Smolinski started the 2006–07 season with the Blackhawks but was later traded prior to the trade deadline to the Vancouver Canucks on February 26, 2007, for a conditional second round draft pick.[3]

Becoming a free agent in the 2007 off-season, Smolinski signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 2, 2007.[4] On October 22, Smolinski played in his 1,000th career game in a game against the Bruins.[5]

After the NHL[edit]

After his stint with the Montreal Canadiens, Bryan Smolinski began an assistant coaching job for a Michigan high school team, Birmingham Unified. With Smolinski's help, the team became District Champions for the first time in four years.

Without an NHL job, on February 24, 2009, Smolinski signed a deal with the Port Huron Icehawks of the IHL.[6] On April 30, 2009, Smolinski signed a deal with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Michigan State University NCAA 39 10 17 27 45
1990–91 Michigan State University NCAA 35 9 12 21 24
1991–92 Michigan State University NCAA 44 30 35 65 59
1992–93 Michigan State University NCAA 40 31 37 68 93
1992–93 Boston Bruins NHL 9 1 3 4 0 4 1 0 1 2
1993–94 Boston Bruins NHL 83 31 20 51 82 13 5 4 9 4
1994–95 Boston Bruins NHL 44 18 13 31 31 5 0 1 1 4
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 24 40 64 69 18 5 4 9 10
1996–97 Detroit Vipers IHL 6 5 7 12 10
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 64 28 28 56 48
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 81 13 30 43 34
1998–99 New York Islanders NHL 82 16 24 40 49
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 20 36 56 48 4 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 27 32 59 40 13 1 5 6 14
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 13 25 38 56 7 2 0 2 2
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 18 20 38 18
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 10 3 5 8 2 18 2 7 9 6
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 19 27 46 49 7 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Motor City Mechanics UHL 21 9 23 32 18
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 17 31 48 46 4 1 1 2 0
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 62 14 23 37 29
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 4 3 7 8 12 2 2 4 8
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 8 17 25 20 12 1 2 3 2
2008–09 Port Huron IceHawks IHL 21 9 21 30 18 6 3 3 6 9
2008–09 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 7 3 1 4 6
2009–10 Flint Generals IHL 48 24 25 49 42 12 3 12 15 4
NHL totals 1,056 274 377 651 606 123 23 29 52 60
NCAA totals 151 77 95 172 206

See also[edit]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 1992-93
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1992–93

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avs acquire Battaglia; Kings trade Smolinski". ESPN.com. 2003-03-11. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Blackhawks obtain Sens' Havlat in three team deal". ESPN.com. 2006-07-09. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Canucks get Smolinski, Sopel in separate trades". ESPN.com. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Habs ink Smolinski to one-year deal". canadiens.nhl.com. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Milestone night for Smolinski". canadiens.nhl.com. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Icehawks sign NHL center". ihl-hockey.com. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Admirals Sign Smolinski to PTO". milwaukeeadmirals.com. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-30. [dead link]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Shayne Stevenson
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
1990
Succeeded by
Glen Murray