Steve Smith (ice hockey, born in Scotland)
April 30, 1963 |
Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Edmonton Oilers
|NHL Draft||111th overall, 1981
James Stephen Smith (born April 30, 1963), better known as Steve Smith, is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and current assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984–85 to 2000–01. He is best-remembered for scoring a critical own goal in the playoffs of his rookie year. Smith was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, but grew up in London, Ontario.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Smith spent four seasons with the Oilers from 2010-2014. The Glasgow, Scotland, native had also gained experience as an assistant coach with the Flames in 1997-98, before returning to the ice as a player for the Flames for three more seasons. Smith then worked as a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks prior to joining the Oilers coaching staff. 
Smith was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in the 6th round, 111th overall. He began his NHL career in 1985, playing in 55 regular season games and six playoff games. On April 30, 1986 (his 23rd birthday), Smith and the Oilers were playing in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Final against the arch-rival Calgary Flames. With 14:46 remaining in the third period, and the score tied 2-2, he picked up the puck behind his own net and tried to clear it out of the zone. Instead, the puck ricocheted off goaltender Grant Fuhr and into the Edmonton net. The Oilers never recovered and ultimately lost the series, while Calgary went on to the Stanley Cup Finals. Flames forward Perry Berezan was credited with scoring this series-clinching goal. The next season, after winning their third Stanley Cup, Oilers captain Wayne Gretzky chose to hand the cup to Smith before any others.
Smith played for the Oilers until the end of the 1990–91 season, winning three Stanley Cups with the team. He then played for the Chicago Blackhawks until 1997. He announced his retirement due to injury following the 1996–97 season, but made a comeback and played three seasons with the Flames, retiring for good in December 2000.
Smith became an assistant coach for the Oilers in 2010. He is married and has five children. His son, Barron Smith (born April 2, 1991) was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 7th round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
- 1986–87 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
- 1987–88 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
- 1989–90 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
|1984–85||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||68||2||28||30||161||5||0||3||3||40|
|1985–86||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||4||0||2||2||11||—||—||—||—||—|
Played for Canada in:
|Senior int'l totals||8||0||1||1||30|
- List of National Hockey League players from the United Kingdom
- List of NHL players with 2000 career penalty minutes
- "NHL – Steve Smith – Calgary Flames Player Card". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007-04-11.[dead link]
- "1986: Own goal, oh no!". CBC Archives. 1986-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-18.[dead link]
- Steve Smith's Costly Mistake (Apr. 30, 1986)
- "Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website - Steve Smith". Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
- "Canucks' Bure Out For Year With Torn ACL". Chicago Tribune. November 12, 1995. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "Steve Smith". oilers.nhl.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
- Steve Smith's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Steve Smith's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Steve James Stephen Smith's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Video of the own-goal
|Calgary Flames captain