Bobby Smith (ice hockey)

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Bobby Smith
Born (1958-02-12) February 12, 1958 (age 60)
North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1978
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1978–1993

Robert David Smith (born February 12, 1958) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Minnesota North Stars and Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). Smith was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Playing career[edit]

As a junior playing for the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL) in the 1977–78 season, Smith set league records that still stand more than thirty years later for most assists (123) and most points (192) in a single season. The 20 year old Smith beat out 17 year old Wayne Gretzky (182 points) for that year's OMJHL scoring title, while also winning the Red Tilson Trophy as the OMJHL's most outstanding player and was voted the CHL Player of the Year for the entire Canadian Hockey League. He was drafted first overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft by Minnesota, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1979 during his rookie campaign and won the Stanley Cup in 1986 with Montreal.

Smith is currently the majority owner of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, also serving as head coach for most of the 2010-11 season. He also served as general manager of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes from 1996 to 2000.

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • OHL Second All Star Team (1976) (1977)
  • Memorial Cup All Star Team (1977)
  • George Parson's Memorial Cup Trophy - "Most Sportsmanlike Player" (1977)
  • OHL Most Valuable Player (1978)
  • OHL First All Star Team (1978)
  • OHL Record for Most Assist's (123) in a Single Season (1977–78)
  • OHL Record for Most Point's (192) in a Single Season (1977–78)
  • OHL Record for Most Power-Play Goals (5) in One Game (October.2.1977)
  • Canadian Major Junior - "Player of the Year" (1978)
  • NHL Calder Memorial Trophy "Rookie of the Year" (1979)
  • NHL Stanley Cup (1986)
  • NHL All Star (1981) (1982) (1989) (1991)
  • NHL Top Ten in Scoring (8th) with 114 Points (1981–82)
  • NHL Top Ten in Assist's (1981–82) (1987–88)
  • NHL Top Ten in Game Winning Goals (1980–81) (1985–86) (1986–87)
  • NHL Top Ten in Assist's Per Game (1979–80) (1981–82) (1987–88)
  • NHL Top Ten in Point's Per Game (1979–80) (1981–82)
  • NHL Top Ten in Power-Play Goals (1981–82)
  • NHL Top Ten in Goals Created (1981–82)
  • Led NHL in Games Played (1978–79) (1983–84) (1988–89)
  • NHL Hart Trophy "MVP" Nominee (1981–82)
  • NHL Selke Trophy Nominee (1981–82) (1988–89)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 62 24 34 58 21 12 2 1 3 4
1976–77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 64 65 70 135 52 19 16 16 32 29
1976–77 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 6 6 12 4
1977–78 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 61 69 123 192 44 16 15 15 30 10
1978–79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 30 44 74 39
1979–80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 61 27 56 83 24 15 1 13 14 9
1980–81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 29 64 93 73 19 8 17 25 13
1981–82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 43 71 114 82 4 2 4 6 5
1982–83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 24 53 77 81 9 6 4 10 17
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 10 3 6 9 9
1983–84 Montréal Canadiens NHL 70 26 37 63 62 15 2 7 9 8
1984–85 Montréal Canadiens NHL 65 16 40 56 59 12 5 6 11 30
1985–86 Montréal Canadiens NHL 79 31 55 86 55 20 7 8 15 22
1986–87 Montréal Canadiens NHL 80 28 47 75 72 17 9 9 18 19
1987–88 Montréal Canadiens NHL 78 27 66 93 78 11 3 4 7 8
1988–89 Montréal Canadiens NHL 80 32 51 83 69 21 11 8 19 46
1989–90 Montréal Canadiens NHL 53 12 14 26 35 11 1 4 5 6
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 15 31 46 60 23 8 8 16 56
1991–92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 9 37 46 109 7 1 4 5 6
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 45 5 7 12 10
NHL totals 1077 357 679 1036 917 184 64 96 160 245

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1978 Canada WJC 3 1 4 5 0
1979 Canada WC 8 5 3 8 0

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dale McCourt
NHL first overall draft pick
1978
Succeeded by
Rob Ramage
Preceded by
Brad Maxwell
Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
1978
Succeeded by
Craig Hartsburg
Preceded by
Mike Bossy
Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
1979
Succeeded by
Ray Bourque
Preceded by
Dale McCourt
CHL Player of the Year
1978
Succeeded by
Pierre Lacroix
Preceded by
John Paddock
General Manager of the Phoenix Coyotes
1996–2000
Succeeded by
Cliff Fletcher