Trevor Smith (ice hockey)

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Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith 2012-02-25.JPG
Smith with the Lightning in 2012.
Born (1985-02-08) February 8, 1985 (age 32)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
SC Bern
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Trevor Smith (born February 8, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently playing with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early life[edit]

Smith is Jewish, and was born in Ottawa, Ontario.[1][2][3] He is the son of Harvey Smith.[4] His parents are originally from Montreal. Smith grew up in Vancouver.[5] His father has coached Canada's ice hockey team in the Maccabiah Games.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Before college, he played in 2001–02 for the Queens Park Pirates Pacific Junior Hockey League (PIJHL), in 2003–04 for the Quesnel Millionaires of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), and in 2004–05 for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), for whom he played in the USHL All Star Game.[6]

He played two seasons in the NCAA with the University of New Hampshire, in 2005–07. There, he was an All Hockey East First team selection, an NCAA East Second Team All-American, and was named to the New England All-Star team.[4][7] He had 63 points in 78 games over two seasons.[8]

Professional[edit]

He then signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on April 2, 2007.[4] He played 8 games with the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the end of the 2006–07 campaign, notching three points and two penalty minutes.

During the 2007–08 season, Trevor split time between the Utah Grizzlies and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, playing 53 games in Bridgeport and 22 in Utah. He was picked to represent Utah at the ECHL All-Star game, but could not play as he was recalled to Bridgeport.[7] He was named the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for February 2008 after scoring 15 points in 13 games.[4][7]

Smith had a breakout year during the 2008–09 season for the Sound Tigers playing on the first line between Kurtis McLean and Mike Iggulden, scoring 30 goals and notching 32 assists in 76 games. Trevor made his NHL debut with the Islanders later that season, wearing number 77 and scoring one goal in seven games.

On July 2, 2010, Smith signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[9]

On January 4, 2011, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nate Guenin. On July 5, 2011, Smith was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 2011–12, he played in the AHL All-Star Game, had an AHL Best Plus/Minus (+34), played for the AHL Calder Cup Champion, and had the AHL Most Points Playoffs (16).[6]

On July 1, 2012, Smith was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[10] Due to the NHL lockout, Smith was directly assigned to the Penguins AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the majority of the 2012–13 season. He was briefly recalled by the Penguins and played a solitary game against the New York Islanders on March 22, 2013.

During the summer of 2013 he was recruited to play for Team Canada in the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, but was recovering from an upper-body injury sustained during the AHL playoffs and turned down the request; his father was assistant coach to the team, and it won a gold medal.[5][11] He said: "I would have been upset if Canada had lost because I had not gone".[5]

On July 5, 2013, Smith was signed as a free agent to a one-year, one-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a reported $550,000.[5][12] On September 30, he was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.[13]

On October 4, 2013, Smith was named as team captain of the Toronto Marlies – the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, becoming the 5th Captain in team history.[5][14] On October 8 he debuted for the Leafs, becoming the 900th player in franchise history.[15]

On July 2, 2015, Smith as a free agent signed his first contract abroad, agreeing to a two-year contract with Swiss club, SC Bern of the National League A (NLA).[16] He won the 2016 Swiss championship with Bern, but missed large parts of the 2015-16 season after undergoing elbow surgery. He returned to game action in February 2016.[17] During his Bern stint, Smith made 18 NLA appearances producing three goals and two assists and played in four contests of the Champions Hockey League, scoring one goal and two assists. He left after a single season at SCB.

On July 2, 2016, he inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).[18]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 South Surrey Eagles BCHL 53 13 9 22 51
2003–04 Quesnel Millionaires BCHL 44 28 19 47 50
2004–05 Omaha Lancers USHL 60 29 39 68 78 5 3 1 4 2
2005–06 University of New Hampshire HE 39 10 10 20 34
2006–07 University of New Hampshire HE 39 21 22 43 39
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 8 1 2 3 2
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 53 20 17 37 16
2007–08 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 22 11 14 25 28
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 76 30 32 62 40 5 1 3 4 0
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 7 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 77 21 26 47 73 5 1 2 3 2
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 35 12 15 27 16
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 33 8 8 16 10
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 16 2 3 5 4
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 64 26 43 69 70 18 5 11 16 20
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 23 31 54 64 15 5 8 13 9
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 24 10 16 26 10 14 3 8 11 2
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 4 5 9 4
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 8 2 3 5 12
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 2 3 5 12
2015–16 SC Bern NLA 17 3 2 5 14 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 74 14 35 49 47 3 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 107 9 11 20 20

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 2006–07
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2006–07
AHL Calder Cup Champion 2011–12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Hockey Review: 2010–11; Minor Leagues". Jewish Sports Review. 8 (87): 7–8. September–October 2011. 
  2. ^ "5 Jewish Players To Watch as Hockey Season Starts". The Forward. January 19, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the club, Trevor Smith » Kaplan’s Korner on Jews and Sports". New Jersey Jewish News. January 26, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Trevor Smith – AHL rookie of the month" (PDF). Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Maple Leafs’ Smith making the most of his opportunity". The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Trevor Smith". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Trevor Smith". Hockeysfuture.com. February 8, 1985. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Trevor Smith takes his best shot at an NHL spot". North Shore News. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ducks sign center Smith to 1-year deal". Anaheim Ducks. July 2, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Pens sign forward Trevor Smith". Pittsburgh Penguins. July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "After 16 Years, Ice Hockey Returns To Maccabiah Games". Shalom Life. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Leafs sign Bozak, three others". Toronto Maple Leafs. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Leafs D Liles clears waivers; assigned to AHL". Tsn.ca. September 30, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Twitter/TorontoMarlies: Introducing your new Captain". Twitter. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Trevor Smith, Maple Leafs". NHL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Trevor Smith to SCB" (in German). SC Bern. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  17. ^ Zeitung, Berner. "SC Bern's Trevor Smith healthy again, Sean Bergenheim not close to a return". swisshockeynews.ch. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  18. ^ "Predators Sign Trevor Smith to a Two-Year Contract". Retrieved 2016-07-03. 

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