Nathan Smith (ice hockey)

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Nathan Smith
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Born (1982-02-09) February 9, 1982 (age 32)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota Wild
Augsburger Panther
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2000
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2002–2012

Nathan Smith (born February 10, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota Wild.

Playing career[edit]

Smith was drafted 23rd overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. After spending four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, Smith signed his first professional contract with the Canucks on May 31, 2002, a day before his rights were due to expire.[1] He made his professional debut in the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose in the 2002-03 season. His time spent in the Vancouver organization was filled with injuries, including an almost-career ending knee injury suffered during his 3rd season.

Smith signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 12, 2007. On April 27, 2008, Smith was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he was observed streaking in Scranton. He claimed he was acting on a bet.[2] Smith played in over 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also scored his first NHL goal which was later called off. Smith acted as Captain for the affiliate team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and took his team to the Calder Cup finals, which they lost to the Chicago Wolves in game 5 of the final series.

On July 10, 2008, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.[3] He was assigned to affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, for the 2008–09 season, and played as captain, before suffering a season-ending knee injury on January 23, 2009.[4]

On July 22, 2009, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.[5] In the 2009–10 season, Smith made his return to the NHL on October 14, 2009, in a 3-2 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks.[6] He played in 9 games with the Wild throughout the season, but primarily played with AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to score 37 points in 67 games.

On August 6, 2010, Smith left North America and signed a one-year contract with German team, Augsburger Panther of the DEL.[7]

He returned to the American Hockey League the following season in 2011–12 signing a one-year contract with the Syracuse Crunch on August 11, 2011.[8] Limited to 18 games due to injury, Smith tallied just one goal and six points.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Swift Current Broncos WHL 47 5 8 13 26
1999–00 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 21 28 49 72 12 1 6 7 4
2000–01 Swift Current Broncos WHL 67 28 62 90 78 19 4 3 7 20
2001–02 Swift Current Broncos WHL 47 22 38 60 52 12 3 6 9 18
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 9 8 17 30 14 1 3 4 25
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 76 4 16 20 71
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 7 9 16 67 14 2 4 6 20
2005–06 Manitoba Moose AHL 20 5 4 9 57
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 19 21 40 76 6 0 1 1 12
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 22 28 50 61 22 7 11 18 40
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 44 6 10 16 42
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 67 14 23 37 83
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 9 0 0 0 12
2010–11 Augsburger Panther DEL 52 4 12 16 42
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 18 1 5 6 4
NHL totals 26 0 0 0 14 4 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vancouver signs 2000 draft pick, could lose another". ESPN. 2002-05-31. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Smith caught streaking; Stone arrested for public drunkenness". ESPN. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Avalanche sign Nathan Smith, six others". American Hockey League. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2008-11-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Monsters strong form continues". News-herald.com. 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Wild sign center Nathan Smith". Star Tribune. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-23. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Perry's two goals leads Ducks past Wild, 3-2.". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Panthers fill last quota with Nathan Smith" (in German). Augsburger Panther. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-10. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Crunch sign Nathan Smith". American Hockey League. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Henrik Sedin
Vancouver Canucks first round pick
2000
Succeeded by
R. J. Umberger
Preceded by
Micki DuPont
Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2007-08
Succeeded by
David Gove