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Born February 21, 1976 (1976-02-21) (age 34),
Banff, AB, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left wing
NHL team
F. teams
Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Colorado Avalanche
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1994
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1995 – present

Ryan Alexander Gordon Smyth (born February 21, 1976 in Banff, Alberta) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Smyth was selected 6th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

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Childhood

As a child Ryan Smyth idolized the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career

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Edmonton Oilers (1994–2007)

Smyth played 3 games for the Oilers in the 1994–95 season. The following season he tallied his first goal, on November 24, 1995, against Trevor Kidd of the Calgary Flames while on the power play. He has the distinction of breaking two of Wayne Gretzky's Oilers records, scoring 20 goals on the power play in just his second full season, and scoring three goals in 2:01, breaking Gretzky's club record (2:18) for the fastest hat trick by an Oiler on October 12, 2006. It was Smyth's fifth career hat trick. Smyth was part of the Gold medal winning Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics. On August 14, 2003, Smyth managed to avoid arbitration with, and a possible trade from, the Oilers by signing a two-year contract.

Ryan Smyth in 2005.

Smyth was part of the 2005–06 Oiler team which advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Smyth showed his persistence in the presence of injury during the second-round series against the San Jose Sharks. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Smyth had 7 goals and 9 assists in the 2006 Playoffs.

Smyth made his first All Star appearance at the 2007 All-Star game in Dallas.

New York Islanders (2007)

On February 27, 2007, last minute negotiations with Smyth's agent Don Meehan failed, and after twelve years with the Oilers, Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders, in exchange for Robert Nilsson, Ryan O'Marra and the Islanders' first round pick in the 2007 entry draft. On February 28, 2007, Smyth held an emotional news conference at the Edmonton International Airport. He thanked the Oilers organization, the fans and everyone involved for allowing him to play and live his career in Edmonton.

On March 1, 2007, Smyth notched his first point as an Islander, picking up an assist on Mike Sillinger's first period powerplay goal. In 18 regular season games, Smyth posted 5 goals, 10 assists, and racked up 14 penalty minutes in helping the Islanders edge out the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens for the 8th and final 2006–07 Eastern Conference playoff berth. Smyth then put up 1 goal, 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes as the 8th seeded Islanders were eliminated in 5 games by the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres on April 20, 2007..

Colorado Avalanche (2007–2009)

On July 1, 2007, Smyth signed a 5 year, $31.2 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[1][2] He only played in 55 games during the 2007-08 season due to numerous injuries, recording 14 goals and 23 assists. He recorded 2 goals and 3 assists in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Avalanche defeated the Minnesota Wild in the first round but were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings in round 2.

Smyth scored his 300th career goal alongside Milan Hejduk on January 18, 2009, against the Calgary Flames in a 6-2 victory at the Pepsi Center.[3] He would notch 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points on the 2008–09 season before fracturing his right hand on April 1, 2009 in a 3-0 home loss against the Phoenix Coyotes, ending his season just five games short of playing in all 82 regular season games.[4] At the time of his injury, he lead the Avs in assists and points, and was tied with Milan Hejduk for first in goals. At season's end, he and Hejduk were tied for the lead with 59 points, though one goal short of Hejduk's 27.

Los Angeles Kings (2009 - Present)

Smyth was traded to Los Angeles on July 3, 2009 where he regularly plays on a line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. On March 2, 2010 Smyth scored his 20th goal of the season giving him ten 20-goal seasons in his NHL career. He scored his 700th NHL point March 4, 2010, an assist on a Drew Doughty power play goal.

Personal

Smyth and his wife Stacey have two daughters, Isabella and Elizabeth and one son, Alexander. Older brother Kevin Smyth played 58 games in the NHL for the Hartford Whalers.[5]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 64 19 14 33 59
1993–94 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 50 55 105 88
1994–95 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 50 41 45 86 66 10 6 9 15 22
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 9 6 5 11 4
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 2 9 11 28
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 39 22 61 76 12 5 5 10 12
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 20 13 33 44 12 1 3 4 16
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 13 18 31 62 3 3 0 3 0
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 28 26 54 58 5 1 0 1 6
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 31 39 70 58 6 3 4 7 4
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 15 35 50 48
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 27 34 61 67 6 2 0 2 16
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 23 36 59 70
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 36 30 66 58 24 7 9 16 22
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 31 22 53 38
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 18 5 10 15 14 5 1 3 4 4
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 55 14 23 37 50 8 2 3 5 2
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 26 33 59 62
NHL totals 920 310 350 660 733 81 25 27 52 82

International play

Smyth has represented Canada on numerous occasions

Smyth currently holds a Team Canada record for most games played at 78. His nickname is "Captain Canada" as he was named captain of the Canada men's national ice hockey team for the World Championships from 2001 to 2005. Smyth also played for Team Canada in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2003 Finland Ice hockey
Gold 2004 Czech Republic Ice hockey
Silver 2005 Austria Ice hockey
Canada Cup / World Cup
Gold 2004 World Cup of Hockey Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1995 Canada Ice hockey

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada WJC 7 2 5 7 4
1999 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 12
2000 Canada WC 9 3 6 9 0
2001 Canada WC 7 2 3 5 4
2002 Canada Oly 6 0 1 1 0
2002 Canada WC 7 4 0 4 2
2003 Canada WC 9 2 2 4 2
2004 Canada WC 9 2 2 4 2
2004 Canada WCH 6 3 1 4 2
2005 Canada WC 9 2 1 3 6
2006 Canada Oly 6 0 1 1 4
Senior int'l totals 77 18 19 37 34
International totals 84 20 24 44 38

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