Floyd Smith

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Floyd Smith
Born (1935-05-16) May 16, 1935 (age 79)
Perth, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1954–1972

Floyd Robert Donald Smith [1](born May 16, 1935 in Perth, Ontario) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and coach.

Smith grew up in Galt, Ontario, playing junior hockey with the Galt Black Hawks. He made his National Hockey League debut for the Boston Bruins, playing 3 games with the team in 1955, but he was mostly mired in the minors during the early portion of his career. He played 23 games with Boston over the next two seasons, while serving as a significant contributor on the Hershey Bears club. Smith then spent 5 years with the New York Rangers organization, cracking the NHL for only a 29 game stint in 1961. During this time period, he was a dominant force with the Springfield Indians, scoring 82 points in 71 games in 1960.[2]

In 1963, Smith finally earned a chance to become an NHL regular after being acquired by the Detroit Red Wings. He scored an NHL career high 49 points during the 1965-66 season. At the 1968 trade deadline, he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres during the 1970 expansion draft and served as the team's first captain.[3]

Smith became an assistant coach with the Sabres in 1972. The next year, he was hired as head coach of the team's top farm club, the AHL's Cincinnati Swords. He won a Calder Cup in the first of his two year's with the team. In 1974, he became Buffalo's head coach, leading the team to a loss in the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. However, he was fired after, despite great regular seasons, the team failed to perform in the post season during the next two years. He also coached the World Hockey Association's Cincinnati Stingers for the 1976-77 season and was Toronto Maple Leafs coach for the first 68 games of the 1979-80 until being injured in a car accident on March 14, 1980, rendering him unable to fulfill his duties as coach for the remainder of the season. He remained with the Leafs as a scout until being promoted to General Manager, a position he held for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.[3]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
BUF 1971–72 1 0 1 0 - (51) 6th in East Interim Head Coach
BUF 1974–75 80 49 16 15 - 113 1st in Adams Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
BUF 1975–76 80 46 21 13 - 105 2nd in Adams Lost in Second round
BUF 1976–77 80 48 24 8 - 104 2nd in Adams Lost in Second round
CIN (WHA) 1978–79 80 33 41 6 - 72 6th in WHA Lost in First round
TOR 1979–80 68 30 33 5 - (75) 4th in Adams
NHL Total 309 173 94 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League Guide and Record Book 1974-75, pg. 239
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]

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Preceded by
Position created
Buffalo Sabres captain
1970–71
Succeeded by
Gerry Meehan
Preceded by
Gord Stellick
General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs
198991
Succeeded by
Cliff Fletcher
Preceded by
Punch Imlach
Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
1971–72
Succeeded by
Joe Crozier
Preceded by
Joe Crozier
Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
1974–77
Succeeded by
Marcel Pronovost
Preceded by
Jerry Rafter
Head coach of the Cincinnati Stingers
1978–79
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Roger Neilson
Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1979–80
Succeeded by
Dick Duff