Ben Smith (ice hockey, born 1988)
Smith with the Blackhawks in 2014
July 11, 1988 |
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
|Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||169th overall, 2008
Benjamin Alexander Smith (born July 11, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing on his second stint within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played in the league for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche.
On October 29, 2010 the Blackhawks recalled Smith from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs to make his NHL debut in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers. He scored his first NHL goal on April 8, 2011 against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings. On April 15, 2011, Smith scored 2 goals against the Vancouver Canucks in a 4–3 loss in only his second NHL playoff game.
On Sunday, April 24, 2011, during Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, Smith scored the overtime goal on a rebound against the Vancouver Canucks' goaltender, Roberto Luongo, to force a Game 7 in Vancouver after the Canucks had previously been leading the series 3–0. The Blackhawks ended up losing Game 7 in overtime.
On June 17, 2013, Smith was called up to play his first Stanley Cup Finals game, a 2–0 loss to the Boston Bruins, to fill in over the injured Marián Hossa. The Blackhawks won the Cup on June 24, 2013, when they defeated the Bruins in Game 6. On June 27, 2014, the Blackhawks signed him to a two-year contract extension. In the following season, Smith scored four goals in 19 playoff games to help the Blackhawks advance to the Western Conference finals.
On March 2, 2015, Smith was traded by the Blackhawks to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Andrew Desjardins. He scored his first goal with the Sharks the same day in their shutout game against the Montreal Canadiens, but remained for most of the season with the Sharks' AHL affiliate San Jose Barracuda.
Despite putting up acceptable numbers with the Maple Leafs, Smith was placed on waivers by the team on March 30, 2016. Smith cleared the following day and was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Despite being considered to be favourites to win the Calder Cup, the Marlies were eliminated in the third round of the playoffs, with Smith contributing nine points in their fifteen-game run.
On August 16, 2016, he signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche, worth $675,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level. Having made the Avalanche opening night roster, Smith made his debut with Colorado to start the 2016–17 season in a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on October 15, 2016. Smith would play in four scoreless games for the Avalanche before being placed on waivers and being claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 24, 2016. Smith was claimed due to the depth he provided the team on the penalty kill, a position coach Mike Babcock praised him for during his stint the previous season in Toronto.
On May 2, 2017, Smith agreed to a one-year extension to remain with the Maple Leafs.
Regular season and playoffs
|2014–15||San Jose Sharks||NHL||19||2||3||5||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||San Jose Sharks||NHL||6||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||San Jose Barracuda||AHL||14||8||2||10||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||16||2||4||6||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||36||2||2||4||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
|Men's ice hockey|
|2015 Czech Republic|
Awards and honors
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2008|||
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2010|||
|AHL All-Star Second Team||2017–18|||
- "Ben Smith draft prospect profile". National Hockey League. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- "Blackhawks recall forward Smith". Chicagobreakingsports.com. 2010-10-29. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
- "Smith's tally keeps Hawks alive". Fox News. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
- Pinchevsky, Tal (2016-06-05). "For N.H.L.'s Black Aces, It's an Opportunity in Spades". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
- "Blackhawks agree to terms with Smith, Raanta". Chicago Blackhawks. 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "Blackhawks trade Ben Smith to San Jose for Andrew Desjardins". Chicago Sun-Times. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
- "Montréal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks - 03/02/2015". Retrieved 2015-03-03.
- "Maple Leafs trade goaltender James Reimer to Sharks". Sportsnet. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
- "Leafs place Ben Smith on waivers". The Leafs Nation. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
- "Avalanche Signs Ben Smith". Colorado Avalanche. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
- "Avalanche Signs Ben Smith". Today's Slapshot. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- "Colborne scores three goals as Avs hang on to defeat Stars". CBS Sports. 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
- Brownscombe, Alec (October 24, 2016). "Toronto Maple Leafs place Milan Michalek on waivers, claim Ben Smith from Colorado". Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- "Maple Leafs sign Ben Smith to one-year contract". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Ben Smith player profile". The Hockey News. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "2017-18 American Hockey League First and Second All-Star Teams Named". AHL. April 5, 2018.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award
|NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
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