|Debut:||October 9, 1974
(Washington at N.Y. Rangers)
|Final NHL game:|| November 18, 1979
(Winnipeg vs. Pittsburgh)
|Stanley Cup:||Never won|
|Numbers worn:||6, 8 (Washington);
Detroit, LA, Toronto, Vancouver
Years: 1974-1979. Playoffs: None
|Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|Complete statistics available at NHL.com|
Won CHL Adams Cup with Omaha in 1970 after joining team during playoffs. ... Named to EHL North All-Star First Team with New Haven in 1970-71. ... Named to EHL North All-Star First Team with New Haven in 1971-72. ... Led all AHL defensemen in points (67) and assists (54) with Springfield in 1973-74. The 67 points were five short of an AHL record for defensemen at the time, and the two assists were two short of a record. ... Won Eddie Shore Award as AHL's outstanding defenseman with Springfield in 1973-74. ... Named to AHL All-Star First Team with Springfield in 1973-74. ... Played on first Washington Capitals team in 1974-75 and made his NHL debut in the first game in franchise history on Oct. 9, 1974, vs. N.Y. Rangers at Madison Square Garden. ... Named to AHL All-Star Second Team with Richmond in 1975-76. ... Played on first Winnipeg Jets NHL team in 1979-80 and appeared in team's first-ever NHL game on Oct. 10, 1979, at Pittsburgh. ... Named to CHL All-Star Second Team with Tulsa in 1979-80.
November 1969 -- Loaned by Salem (EHL) to New Haven in exchange for loan of Lynn Margarit. May 22, 1970 -- Signed with Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent after New York opted not to offer him a contract for the 1970-71 season. June 12, 1974 -- Claimed by Washington from Los Angeles in NHL Expansion Draft. June 13, 1979 -- Claimed by Winnipeg from Washington in NHL Expansion Draft. Aug. 6, 1980 -- Rights sold by Winnipeg to N.Y. Rangers. January 1983 -- Signed with Maine (AHL) as an unrestricted free agent.
Missed start of 1980-81 season with separated shoulder, an injury suffered in the practice prior to New Haven (AHL) opening game in October 1980.
Full Name: Gordon
Nicknames: "Truck", "Smitty"
Also Known as: Gordie Smith, Gordon Smith
Other Post-Draft Teams: Salem, New Haven (EHL); Omaha (CHL); Springfield (AHL); Richmond (AHL); Hershey (AHL); Tulsa (CHL); New Haven, Maine (AHL)
Family: Older brother of Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Billy Smith. ... Younger brother of former minor-leaguer Jack Smith.
|Was 14th overall pick (and fourth defenseman taken) in 1974 NHL Expansion Draft.||Was famous for his ability to hip check to take down much bigger opponents in open ice.||One of only two Washington players to appear in all 80 games of the 1977-78 season.||Missed first half of 1982-83 season looking for a team to join, eventually going to Maine.|
|Won Stanley Cup:||8|
|Hall of Fame:||1|
|1969 PICKS BY TEAM|
OTHERS DRAFTED IN 1969