The Top Six Smiths In Hockey History
The top six Smith’s in hockey history:
1) Billy Smith - One of the greatest playoff goalies in NHL history. Billy's clutch ability was most apparent when he shut out Wayne Gretzky's Oilers in game one of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals. To top it off, he is also the first goalie in NHL history to be credited with a goal.
2) Al Smith - After the Toronto native came up through his hometown Leafs, Al was claimed by Pittsburgh in the intra-league draft and would go on to have a fine professional career, playing for five different teams before retiring in 1981. He was at his best in the WHA, when he won the league's top goaltender award while playing for New England.
3) Gary "Suitcase" Smith - Earning his nickname for always being on the move to different teams, Gary tended goal for many of the league's recent expansion teams during the 70's, including California, Vancouver, Minnesota, Washington and Winnipeg. He was also known for his eccentricity, taking showers in between periods and once leaving Pacific Coliseum in full uniform.
4) Alex Smith - Alex began his NHL career in 1924 with the original Ottawa Senators, and was a member of the team's 1927 Cup winner. Late in his career, he also played for Detroit (then known as the Falcons) and Boston, retiring after playing one season for the old New York Americans.
5) Bobby Smith - An offensive dynamo in junior hockey, Bobby carried his talents over to the NHL with Minnesota and Montreal throughout the 80's, being a part of the Habs' Cup-winning team in 1986. Winner of the Calder Trophy in 1979, he passed both the 1,000 game and 1,000 point plateaus.
6) Clint "Snuffy" Smith - One of the cleanest players of all time, the two-time Lady Byng winner amassed only 24 PIM's in 10 seasons. He was an integral part of the Rangers during the late 30's and early 40's, and was a member of the 1940 Cup winning team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.