Dallas Smith

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Dallas Smith
1961 Topps Dallas Smith.JPG
Born (1941-10-10) October 10, 1941 (age 74)
Hamiota, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
National team  Canada
Playing career 1959–1978

Dallas Earl Smith (born October 10, 1941) is a former National Hockey League defenceman who played fifteen seasons for the Boston Bruins.

Playing career[edit]

Signed as a teenager by the Bruins, after a junior career with their Estevan Bruins farm team, Smith made his debut with Boston in 1960. He played the full 1961 season with the club, but thereafter spent most of the next seven seasons in the minor leagues, winning Second All-Star Team accolades with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL in 1966.

With expansion in 1967 Smith made the Bruins for good and, partnered with superstar Bobby Orr on defence, led the NHL in plus/minus the first season the statistic was officially tabulated. He gained a reputation as a solid defensive defenceman — as well as a wide repute as the league's strongest man, bolstered by his ownership of a Manitoba farm. His best season was 1971, during which he had his career high of 45 points, played in the NHL All-Star Game and finished with a plus/minus of +94, the fourth highest total in history.

Smith began the 1977 season after an acrimonious contract dispute which saw him sign a one-year contract the day before the season began, and which caused him to miss training camp. [1] He was named interim captain of the Bruins after longtime captain John Bucyk was injured, but left the team in March after a dispute, playing for the Canadian national team in the 1977 World Championships after that. [2] He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in December 1977 at the importuning of old teammate Phil Esposito, [3] but his skills having significantly diminished, retired at season's end.

Smith finished his NHL career with 55 goals, 307 assists and 959 penalty minutes in 890 games. He currently lives in retirement in Phoenix.[4]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1958–59 Estevan Bruins SJHL 47 5 15 20 41 14 4 2 6 26
1959–60 Estevan Bruins SJHL 59 12 33 45 102
1959–60 Boston Bruins NHL 5 1 1 2 0
1960–61 Boston Bruins NHL 70 1 9 10 79
1961–62 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 0 0 10
1961–62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 3 0 0 0 0
1961–62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 55 1 12 13 93
1962–63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 68 4 18 22 64 7 1 2 3 14
1963–64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 64 4 14 18 57 5 1 0 1 6
1964–65 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 14 16 30 79
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1965–66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 69 5 23 28 52 9 0 5 5 10
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 33 0 1 1 24
1966–67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 29 3 9 12 44 11 2 0 2 20
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL 74 4 23 27 65 4 0 2 2 0
1968–69 Boston Bruins NHL 75 4 24 28 74 10 0 3 3 16
1969–70 Boston Bruins NHL 75 7 17 24 119 14 0 3 3 19
1970–71 Boston Bruins NHL 73 7 38 45 68 7 0 3 3 26
1971–72 Boston Bruins NHL 78 8 22 30 132 15 0 4 4 22
1972–73 Boston Bruins NHL 78 4 27 31 72 5 0 2 2 2
1973–74 Boston Bruins NHL 77 6 21 27 64 16 1 7 8 20
1974–75 Boston Bruins NHL 79 3 20 23 84 3 0 2 2 4
1975–76 Boston Bruins NHL 77 7 25 32 103 11 2 2 4 19
1976–77 Boston Bruins NHL 58 2 20 22 40
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 29 1 4 5 23 1 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 890 55 252 307 959 86 3 29 32 128

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1977 Canada WC 10 0 2 2 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dallas Smith Will Sit Out Rest Of Year". Bangor Daily News. March 3, 1977. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Team Canada Enthusiastic". Regina Leader-Post. April 5, 1977. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rangers Get An Ex-Bruin, Dallas Smith". New York Times. December 20, 1977. 
  4. ^ "NHL old-timers caught in the crossfire of lockout". Toronto Star. November 22, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 

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