Jason Smith (ice hockey)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people with this name, see Jason Smith (disambiguation).
Jason Smith
Jason Smith.jpg
Born (1973-11-02) November 2, 1973 (age 41)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senators
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1992
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1993–2009

Jason Matthew Smith (born November 2, 1973) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League from 1993–94 to 2008–09.

Playing career[edit]

Smith was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. As a member of the Regina Pats, he was named to the Western Hockey League's all-rookie team in 1992 and WHL first all-star team in 1993. He won the Bill Hunter Trophy as the WHL's top defenseman. Smith was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in 1993. Credited as one of the toughest guys to play the game, and said to be the best captain in the league during his time with the Edmonton Oilers.

He made his NHL debut with the Devils during the 1993–94 NHL season, though the majority of the season was spent in the AHL with the Albany River Rats. He missed the majority of the 1994–95 season because of a knee injury, but played in one playoff game before returning to captain the River Rats to a Calder Cup championship in 1995, in the same year that the Devils captured their first Stanley Cup. Smith then moved up to the NHL for good, playing with the Devils until 1997 when he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On February 25, 1997, he was involved in a blockbuster trade, going to the Maple Leafs along with Steve Sullivan and the rights to Alyn McCauley in exchange for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett, and New Jersey's own 4th round choice in 1999[1] (which Toronto had acquired in the Dave Andreychuk trade the year before[2]). Smith spent parts of three seasons in Toronto before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1999. When Oilers' team captain Doug Weight was later traded to the St. Louis Blues, Smith's strong leadership resulted in his being handed the 'C'. He would tie Wayne Gretzky as the longest serving captain in Oilers history at five seasons, wearing the 'C' from 2001 to 2007, excluding the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

Smith captained the Edmonton Oilers to a largely unexpected run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, in which they faced the Carolina Hurricanes, another dark horse team. However, the Oilers lost in the final game of a grueling seven game series to the Hurricanes. Smith contributed 1 goal and 4 assists during Edmonton's surprise playoff run.

On July 1, 2007, Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe traded Smith, along with forward Joffrey Lupul, to the Philadelphia Flyers for Joni Pitkanen and Geoff Sanderson, and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice in 2009.

In his first and only season in Philadelphia, Smith captained a rebuilt Flyers[3] squad to an Eastern Conference showdown against their inter-state rivals from Pittsburgh. Despite the fact that the Penguins won the series, the Flyers' turnaround from the worst team in the league to their status in 2007–08 was a credit to Smith's leadership abilities.

In the 2008-09 season Smith played his last year with the Ottawa Senators before retiring. He is currently an assistant coach for the Senators.[4]

Personal[edit]

Smith is currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. He is married to Wendy, with whom he has two daughters: Jordan, and Britney.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Regina Pats WHL 2 0 0 0 7 4 0 0 0 2
1991–92 Regina Pats WHL 62 9 29 38 168
1992–93 Regina Pats WHL 64 14 52 66 175 13 4 8 12 39
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1993–94 Albany River Rats AHL 20 6 3 9 31
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 0 5 5 43 6 0 0 0 7
1994–95 Albany River Rats AHL 7 0 2 2 15 11 2 2 4 19
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 2 1 3 86
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 1 2 3 38
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 0 5 5 16
1997–98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 3 13 16 100
1998–99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 2 11 13 40
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 1 1 2 11 4 0 1 1 4
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 3 11 14 60 5 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 5 15 20 120 6 0 2 2 6
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 5 13 18 103
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 4 8 12 64 6 0 0 0 19
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 7 12 19 98
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 4 13 17 84 24 1 4 5 16
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 2 9 11 103
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 1 9 10 86 17 0 2 2 4
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 63 1 0 1 47
NHL totals 1008 41 128 169 1099 68 1 10 11 60

Transactions[edit]

  • February 25, 1997 - Traded by New Jersey, along with Steve Sullivan and the rights to Alyn McCauley, to Toronto for Dave Ellett, Doug Gilmour and a third-round draft pick
  • March 3, 1999 - Traded by Toronto to Edmonton for a fourth-round pick in the 1999 NHL entry draft and a second-round selection in the 2000 NHL entry draft
  • July 1, 2007 - Traded by Edmonton, along with Joffrey Lupul, to Philadelphia for Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson and a third-round pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft
  • July 8, 2008 - Signed as free agent by Ottawa Senators
  • September 2, 2009 - Retired from the NHL.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Smith". Players. NHL.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dave Andreychuk". Players. NHL.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Panaccio, Tim (2007-10-02). "Newcomer Jason Smith is named Flyers captain". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-10-02. [dead link]
  4. ^ http://senators.nhl.com/v2/ext/PDFs/2012-2013_OttawaSenators_MediaGuide_LR.pdf

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Brian Rolston
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
1992
Succeeded by
Denis Pederson
Preceded by
Doug Weight
Edmonton Oilers captain
200107
Succeeded by
Ethan Moreau
Preceded by
Peter Forsberg
Philadelphia Flyers captain
2007–08
Succeeded by
Mike Richards