Dan Smith (ice hockey)

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Dan Smith
Born (1976-10-19) October 19, 1976 (age 38)
Fernie, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Colorado Avalanche
Edmonton Oilers
AHL
Hershey Bears
Springfield Falcons
Toronto Roadrunners
Edmonton Roadrunners
Hamilton Bulldogs
Grand Rapids Griffins
Syracuse Crunch
NHL Draft 181st overall, 1995
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1997–2009

Dan Smith (born October 19, 1976) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played primarily in the American Hockey League (AHL), he also played in the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Smith was selected 181st overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, by the Colorado Avalanche. After completing his junior career with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, Smith made his professional debut with the Hershey Bears, Colorado's AHL farm team. During his five years with the Colorado, Smith played only 15 games for Avalanche, with the bulk of his time being spent with the Bears.

After a year playing in Finland, and another year in the Phoenix Coyotes organization (playing for the AHL Springfield Falcons), Smith signed with the Edmonton Oilers on August 21, 2003.

In the three years Smith was part of the Oilers organization, he played nearly all the time with Edmonton's respective AHL affiliate. He collected another seven games during the 2005–06 season with the big club.

On July 13, 2006, Smith was signed by the Detroit Red Wings. After the Red Wings training camp, Smith was assigned to Detroit's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, with whom he played the 2006–07 season.

For the 2007–08 season, on July 11, 2007, Smith was signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[1] Added as depth for their affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Smith's veteran presence helped guide the Crunch to the second round of the playoffs. Smith re-signed on July 8, 2008, with the Crunch for the following 2008–09 season.[2] Named captain, the tenth in Syracuse history, Smith missed only one game in the year as the Crunch failed to qualify for the playoffs.[3]

Smith announced his retirement on December 10, 2009.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Tri-City Americans WHL 58 1 21 22 70 11 1 3 4 14
1996–97 Tri-City Americans WHL 72 5 19 24 174
1996–97 Hershey Bears AHL 8 0 1 1 6 15 0 1 1 25
1997–98 Hershey Bears AHL 50 1 2 3 71 6 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 54 5 7 12 72 5 0 1 1 0
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 0 0 9
1999–00 Hershey Bears AHL 49 7 15 22 56
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 58 2 12 14 34 12 0 1 1 4
2001–02 Lukko Rauma FNL 32 1 2 3 18
2001–02 Colorado Gold Kings WCHL 12 0 2 2 16
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 69 1 14 15 53 6 0 2 2 0
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 66 4 9 13 41
2004–05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 72 5 10 15 72
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 69 0 16 16 61
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 0 0 7
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 80 1 10 11 97 7 0 1 1 8
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 77 1 6 7 73 10 0 1 1 17
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 79 3 4 7 91
AHL totals 731 30 106 136 727 61 0 7 7 58
NHL totals 22 0 0 0 16

Transactions[edit]

  • July 8, 1995 - Smith drafted by Colorado Avalanche
  • August 8, 2002 - Smith signs with Phoenix Coyotes
  • August 21, 2003 - Smith signs with Edmonton Oilers
  • July 13, 2006 - Smith signs with Detroit Red Wings
  • July 11, 2007 - Smith signs with Columbus Blue Jackets

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