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Born April 30, 1963 (1963-04-30) (age 46),
Glasgow, Scotland
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Pro clubs Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 111th overall, 1981
Edmonton Oilers
Career 1984 – 2000

James Stephen Smith,[1] better known as Steve Smith (born April 30, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984–85 to 2000–01. Although he was regarded as a top defenceman during his 15-year NHL career, he is often remembered for scoring a critical own goal in the playoffs of his rookie year.[2]

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Playing career

Smith was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in the 6th round, 111th overall. He began his NHL career in 1985 and had a successful season, playing in 55 regular season games and six playoff games. On April 30, 1986 (his 23rd birthday), Smith and the Oilers were playing in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Final against the arch-rival Calgary Flames. In the third period, with the score tied at two, he made a pass from behind his own net that inadvertently ricocheted off goaltender Grant Fuhr and into the Edmonton net. The Oilers never recovered and ultimately lost the series, while Calgary went on to the Stanley Cup Finals.[3]

Smith played in Edmonton until the end of the 1990–91 season. After leaving Edmonton, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks until 1997. After announcing his retirement due to injury following the 1996–97 NHL season, he made a comeback and played three seasons with the Calgary Flames, retiring for good in December 2000.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 London Knights OHL 62 4 12 16 141
1981–82 London Knights OHL 58 10 36 46 207 4 1 2 3 13
1982–83 London Knights OHL 50 6 35 41 133 3 1 0 1 10
1982–83 Moncton Alpines AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Brantford Alexanders OHL 7 1 1 2 0
1983–84 Moncton Alpines AHL 64 1 8 9 176
1984–85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1984–85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 68 2 28 30 161 5 0 3 3 40
1985–86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 4 0 2 2 11
1985–86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 4 20 24 166 6 0 1 1 14
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 7 15 22 165 15 1 3 4 45
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 12 43 55 286 19 1 11 12 55
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 3 19 22 97 7 2 2 4 20
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 7 34 41 171 22 5 10 15 37
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 13 41 54 193 18 1 2 3 45
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 9 21 30 304 18 1 11 12 16
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 10 47 57 214 4 0 0 0 10
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 5 22 27 174
1994–95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 1 12 13 128 16 0 1 1 26
1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 37 0 9 9 71 6 0 0 0 16
1996–97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 0 0 0 29 3 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 69 1 14 15 80
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 20 0 4 4 42
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 13 0 2 2 17
NHL totals 804 72 303 375 2139 134 11 41 52 288

International play

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Canada CC 8 0 1 1 30
Senior int'l totals 8 0 1 1 30

References

  1. ^ "NHL – Steve Smith – Calgary Flames Player Card". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?statsId=461. Retrieved 2007-04-11.  
  2. ^ "1986: Own goal, oh no!". CBC Archives. 1986-04-30. http://archives.cbc.ca/clip.asp?IDClip=15103. Retrieved 2009-04-18.  
  3. ^ "Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website - Steve Smith". Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website. http://www.oilersheritage.com/history/dynasty_players_stevesmith.html. Retrieved 2009-04-18.  

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Preceded by
Todd Simpson
Calgary Flames captain
19992000
Succeeded by
Dave Lowry
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