Kevin Smyth

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Kevin Smyth
Born (1973-11-22) November 22, 1973 (age 43)
Banff, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Hartford Whalers
Springfield Indians
Orlando Solar Bears
Las Vegas Thunder
Tacoma Sabercats
Idaho Steelheads
NHL Draft 79th overall, 1992
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1993–2002

Kevin Smyth (born November 22, 1973 in Banff, Alberta) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 58 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the Hartford Whalers. He spent parts of three seasons with the Hartford Whalers in the mid-90s. Though his big league career was fairly short, he was an explosive scorer in junior and a solid two way worker in the minors.

His younger brother is retired Edmonton Oilers player Ryan Smyth.

Playing career[edit]

Smyth was chosen 79th overall by the Whalers in 1992 after a 30-goal season with the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors. He returned to junior and notched 44 goals before seeing action in 21 games as an NHL rookie in 1993-94. Smyth spent most of his first three pro seasons in the AHL but was recalled by Hartford periodically as an injury replacement. The hard working forward joined the IHL's Orlando Solar Bears in 1996 and became a solid worker in the IHL. He currently (2013–14) plays for the Innisfail, Alberta Eagles of the Chinook Hockey League, after several seasons with the Bentley Generals.

Visual impairment[edit]

On December 28, 1996 in a game against the Indianapolis Ice, Smyth took a puck to his eye after a point shot deflected off a stick and hit him in the right eye. The force of the puck was great enough to shatter his eye socket, with enough force to blind him. Smyth later admitted that upon seeing the medical assessment, the force of the puck was strong enough to do significant damage to his eyeball. Smyth returned to active play on March 19, 1997 and recorded an assist in his first game back after the injury.