Mike Smith (ice hockey, born 1982)

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Mike Smith
Mike Smith Coyotes2.jpg
Born (1982-03-22) March 22, 1982 (age 32)
Kingston, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 161st overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2002–present
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2014 Sochi

Mike Smith (born March 22, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the eleventh goaltender in NHL history to score a goal, which he did in the 2013–14 season against the Detroit Red Wings in Phoenix. He was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, winning a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Playing career[edit]

Junior hockey[edit]

Smith began his hockey career in 1999 playing for his hometown Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. That season he played 15 games while backing up future NHL player Andrew Raycroft (currently with IF Björklöven).

After the start of the 2000–2001 season, Smith moved to Sudbury Wolves where he played 43 games registering a 2.52 GAA and 0.913 save percentage in the regular season. The Wolves made it to the second round of the playoffs that year with Smith in net.

Dallas Stars[edit]

In 2001, Mike Smith was drafted by Dallas with the 1st pick in the fifth round, and continued to play in Sudbury, again taking the Wolves into the post-season. Their playoff run ended in five games as the Barrie Colts won the series 4-0.

The subsequent season saw Smith's departure from the junior leagues when he split the season between Lexington of the ECHL and Utah of the AHL.

Smith made his professional debut with the on October 26, 2002 against the Dayton Bombers, scoring a statistically unlikely goal during a shutout in his first win, scoring on an empty net at 19:04 in the third period. Smith is the youngest goaltender ever to score in a professional game, doing so at 20 years of age.[1]

He played only 11 games in Utah backing up Jason Bacashihua and Corey Hirsch. For 2003–2004, Utah added Dan Ellis to their roster, with whom Smith split back up duties, again to Bacashihua. Smith went to play for the Houston Aeros in 2004–2005 sharing the net almost equally with Josh Harding, putting up a 0.915 save percentage and 2.42 GAA.

Smith joined the Iowa Stars for their inaugural season in 2005–2006. The Stars played Smith and Dan Ellis back and forth for much of the season until Smith appeared to take much of the netminding responsibilities late in the season. A Stars rally in the stretch secured the final Western Conference playoff spot. Smith started in every game of the seven-game series against the Milwaukee Admirals which Milwaukee ultimately won.

Smith underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season for an injury he sustained during Iowa's 2005–2006 season. After a faster-than-expected recovery, Smith attended the Dallas Stars' training camp in the fall of 2006, and was awarded the backup goaltender position behind Marty Turco. In his first-ever regulation NHL game on October 21, 2006, Smith stopped 22 shots to post a shutout against the Phoenix Coyotes.[2]

On January 4, 2007, Smith was hit in the mask by a 100 mph slapshot, causing him to miss a few weeks with a concussion. But he came back strong, winning two games in which Turco was pulled. Then he registered a 32 save shutout vs the Ducks on February 10.

Smith also started the year living with Marty Turco's family. However, he eventually moved out and then signed a 2 year, $950,000 a year contract with the Stars.

On June 14, 2007, Smith was named to the 2006–07 NHL All-Rookie Team.

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

On February 26, 2008, Smith was traded with Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, and a 4th round draft pick in 2009 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist. Smith made his Lightning debut the following night against the Minnesota Wild, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 loss.

On March 15, Smith recorded a 3-0 shutout victory over the New York Rangers. Smith became only the third rookie goaltender in National Hockey League history to record a shutout for two different teams in the same season, and the first to do so in 79 years.[3] Smith recorded 14 wins for the Lightning during the 2008-09 season before suffering a concussion that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season. On February 2, 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning placed Smith on waivers. He cleared waivers the next day and was assigned to the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.[4] He returned to Tampa Bay later in the season, and, backing up Dwayne Roloson during the Lightning 2011 Postseason run, made his playoff debut in place of Roloson in the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins.

Smith with the Coyotes during the 2011–12 NHL season.

Phoenix Coyotes[edit]

On July 1, 2011, Smith signed a two-year contract worth $2 million with the Phoenix Coyotes.[5] Smith set the NHL record for the most saves in a regulation shutout victory, as he stopped all 54 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2012.[6] However, his record was later surpassed on January 29, 2014, when Ben Scrivens stopped 59 shots in a 3-0 win for the Edmonton Oilers over the San Jose Sharks. He went on to record an impressive 38 wins in his first season in Phoenix, as the Coyotes qualified for their third consecutive playoff berth, and finished fifth in voting for the Vezina trophy.[7]

In the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Smith led the Coyotes to their first playoff series win since 1987, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in the series. Smith and the Coyotes went on to defeat the Nashville Predators in the Western conference semi-finals, winning the series 4-1. The Coyotes then faced the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals, losing the series 4 games to 1.[8] He posted a superb 1.99 GAA and a .944 save percentage, some of the best numbers for starting goaltenders in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On July 5, 2013, Smith signed a 6-year deal worth $34 million with the Phoenix Coyotes.

On October 19, 2013, Smith became the seventh NHL goalie to score a goal with a shot on goal (four other goaltenders have been credited based on own-goals by the opposition). Smith scored with 0.1 seconds left in regulation on an empty net during a win against the Detroit Red Wings.[9] Two months later, Smith would score on himself when, as a result of the hockey puck getting lodged into his waistband, he inadvertently backed into his own net and scored an own goal. The "butt goal" handed the game to the Buffalo Sabres, as the game was in overtime.[10]

International[edit]

Mike Smith won a gold medal with Canada's 2014 Winter Olympic team, dressing for one of Canada's six games. He did not see any ice time.

Personal life[edit]

Smith was raised in Verona, Ontario.[citation needed]

Smith and former Canadian World Cup skier Brigitte Acton married September 3, 2010.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Kingston Voyageurs OPJHL 16 906 53 0 3.51
1999–00 Kingston Voyageurs OPJHL 3
1999–00 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 15 4 4 7 1 666 42 0 3.78 .894
2000–01 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 3 0 0 3 0 137 8 0 3.51 .896
2000–01 Sudbury Wolves OHL 43 22 10 11 3 2,572 108 3 2.52 .920 12 7 5 735 26 2 2.12 .921
2001–02 Sudbury Wolves OHL 53 19 24 10 4 3,083 157 3 3.06 .921 5 1 4 303 15 0 2.97 .924
2002–03 Lexington Men O' War ECHL 27 11 10 4 1,553 66 1 2.55 .910 2 0 1 93 8 0 5.14 .822
2002–03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 11 5 5 0 614 33 0 3.23 .906
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 21 8 11 0 1,186 56 2 2.83 .908
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 45 19 17 3 2,408 97 5 2.42 .915 3 1 2 181 4 0 1.33 .957
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 50 25 19 6 2,998 125 3 2.50 .917 7 3 4 417 19 0 2.74 .907
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 23 12 5 2 1,213 45 3 2.23 .912
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 21 12 9 0 1,172 48 2 2.46 .906
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 13 3 10 0 774 36 1 2.79 .893
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 41 14 18 9 2,471 108 2 2.62 .916
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 42 13 18 7 2,273 117 2 3.09 .900
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 5 1 4 0 296 9 1 1.83 .924
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 13 6 1 1,202 58 1 2.90 .899 3 1 1 120 2 0 1.00 .958
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 67 38 18 10 3,903 144 8 2.21 .930 16 9 7 1,027 34 3 1.99 .944
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34 15 12 5 1,956 84 5 2.58 .910
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 62 27 21 10 3,610 159 3 2.64 .915
2014-15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 21 5 13 2 1,194 65 0 3.27 .890
NHL totals 346 152 130 46 19,678 864 27 2.62 .912 19 10 8 1,147 36 3 1.88 .945

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smith, Quick, share link to ECHL history". ECHL. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Yotes off to worst start in 11 years". AZCentral. October 21, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Elias Says...". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.rawcharge.com/2011/2/5/1976559/mike-smith-officially-assigned-to-norfolk-admirals
  5. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kreiser, John. "A final statistical look at the 2011-12 regular season". nhl.com. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1256511
  8. ^ Brown, Jerry (April 4, 2012). "Smith makes 54 saves for third straight shutout". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ Brown, Jerry (October 20, 2013). "Goalie Smith scores in Coyotes' victory". NHL.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ Carson, Dan (December 24, 2013). NHL Approves Miraculous 'Butt Goal' Scored by Buffalo Sabres. Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  11. ^ Cristodero, Damian (September 10, 2010). "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dan Ellis laments Twitter controversy". St. Petersburg Times (BRANDON). Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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