Steve Smith (ice hockey, born in Scotland)

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For the former defenceman born in Canada, see Steve Smith (ice hockey, born in Canada). For other people of the same name, see Steven Smith.
Steve Smith
Born (1963-04-30) April 30, 1963 (age 51)
Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 111th overall, 1981
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1984–2000

James Stephen Smith[1] (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.[2] Smith was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, but grew up in London, Ontario.

Coaching career[edit]

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. [3]

Playing career[edit]

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.[4] The Oilers never recovered and ultimately lost the series, while Calgary went on to the Stanley Cup Finals.[5] 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 was responsible for a season-ending injury to Pavel Bure's knee on November 9, 1995.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Smith became an assistant coach for the Oilers in 2010. He is married and has five children.[7] 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.[8]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 London Knights OHL 62 4 12 16 141
1981–82 London Knights OHL 58 10 36 46 207 4 1 2 3 13
1982–83 London Knights OHL 50 6 35 41 133 3 1 0 1 10
1982–83 Moncton Alpines AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Brantford Alexanders OHL 7 1 1 2 0
1983–84 Moncton Alpines AHL 64 1 8 9 176
1984–85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
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
1985–86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 4 20 24 166 6 0 1 1 14
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 7 15 22 165 15 1 3 4 45
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 12 43 55 286 19 1 11 12 55
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 3 19 22 97 7 2 2 4 20
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 7 34 41 171 22 5 10 15 37
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 13 41 54 193 18 1 2 3 45
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 9 21 30 304 18 1 11 12 16
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 10 47 57 214 4 0 0 0 10
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 5 22 27 174
1994–95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 1 12 13 128 16 0 1 1 26
1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 37 0 9 9 71 6 0 0 0 16
1996–97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 0 0 0 29 3 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 69 1 14 15 80
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 20 0 4 4 42
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 13 0 2 2 17
NHL totals 804 72 303 375 2139 134 11 41 52 288

International play[edit]

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Canada CC 8 0 1 1 30
Senior int'l totals 8 0 1 1 30

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL – Steve Smith – Calgary Flames Player Card". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007-04-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ "1986: Own goal, oh no!". CBC Archives. 1986-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=98825
  4. ^ Steve Smith's Costly Mistake (Apr. 30, 1986)
  5. ^ "Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website - Steve Smith". Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  6. ^ "Canucks' Bure Out For Year With Torn ACL". Chicago Tribune. November 12, 1995. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Steve Smith". oilers.nhl.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=31574

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Preceded by
Todd Simpson
Calgary Flames captain
19992000
Succeeded by
Dave Lowry