Dallas Smith

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Dallas Smith
1961 Topps Dallas Smith.JPG
Born (1941-10-10) October 10, 1941 (age 72)
Hamiota, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
National team  Canada
Playing career 1959–1978

Dallas Earl Smith (born October 10, 1941) is a former National Hockey League defenceman who played fifteen seasons for the Boston Bruins.

Playing career[edit]

Signed as a teenager by the Bruins, after a junior career with their Estevan Bruins farm team, Smith made his debut with Boston in 1960. He played the full 1961 season with the club, but thereafter spent most of the next seven seasons in the minor leagues, winning Second All-Star Team accolades with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL in 1966.

With expansion in 1967 Smith made the Bruins for good and, partnered with superstar Bobby Orr on defence, led the NHL in plus/minus the first season the statistic was officially tabulated. He gained a reputation as a solid defensive defenceman — as well as a wide repute as the league's strongest man, bolstered by his ownership of a Manitoba farm. His best season was 1971, during which he had his career high of 45 points, played in the NHL All-Star Game and finished with a plus/minus of +94, the fourth highest total in history.

Smith began the 1977 season after an acrimonious contract dispute which saw him sign a one-year contract the day before the season began, and which caused him to miss training camp. [1] He was named interim captain of the Bruins after longtime captain John Bucyk was injured, but left the team in March after a dispute, playing for the Canadian national team in the 1977 World Championships after that. [2] He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in December 1977 at the importuning of old teammate Phil Esposito, [3] but his skills having significantly diminished, retired at season's end.

Smith finished his NHL career with 55 goals, 307 assists and 959 penalty minutes in 890 games. He currently lives in retirement in Phoenix.[4]

Awards and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dallas Smith Will Sit Out Rest Of Year". Bangor Daily News. March 3, 1977. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Team Canada Enthusiastic". Regina Leader-Post. April 5, 1977. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rangers Get An Ex-Bruin, Dallas Smith". New York Times. December 20, 1977. 
  4. ^ "NHL old-timers caught in the crossfire of lockout". Toronto Star. November 22, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 

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