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Steve Smith
Selected in sixth round
No. 111 overall by Edmonton Oilers

Born April 30, 1963
Position: Defense
Height: 6-3   Weight: 210
Last Team: London (OMJHL)                             
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland (Great Britain)
Hometown: London, Ontario
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1979-80 FergusJr. D 2310 1424 40
1980-81 LondonOMJHL 624 1216 141
Debut: December 29, 1984 (Detroit at Edmonton)
Numbers:  5 (Edmonton); 3, 5 (Chicago); 55 (Calgary)
Stanley Cup: 1987, 1988, 1990
Playing Status: Retired for final time on December 7, 2000
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1984-2000 Edmonton, Chi., Calg.804 72303 3752,139
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1986-1997 Edmonton, Chicago134 1141 52288

All-Star Game:
1991 (Edmonton)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1992 (Chicago)
Edmonton Defenseman of Year: 1990-91
Edmonton Emery Edge Award (+/- Leader): 1987-88 (plus-40)
Calgary Captain: Oct. 2, 1999, until Dec. 7, 2000
Edmonton Records: Most penalty minutes in one season (286 in 1987-88)
Edmonton Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1987-88 (286), 1990-91 (193)
Edmonton Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1990 (37), 1991 (45)
Chicago Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1995 (128)
Coaching Career: Named Calgary assistant coach on Aug. 18, 1997, and remained in that position until Aug. 17, 1998.
Miscellaneous: Called up to Edmonton for 1985 playoffs, but did not appear in any playoff games and therefore did not have name engraved on Stanley Cup. ... Called up to NHL for good on Oct. 17, 1985, after opening 1985-86 season with Nova Scotia (AHL). ... Missed parts of 1985-86 season with strained right shoulder, suffered in fight with Lindy Ruff at 9:50 of first period during Calgary's Nov. 1, 1985, game vs. Buffalo, and with pulled stomach muscle, suffered in February 1986. ... Missed start of 1988-89 season with separated left shoulder, an injury suffered when he tripped over Lucien DeBlois' stick during Edmonton's Sept. 20, 1988 preseason game vs. N.Y. Rangers at Denver. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with re-aggravation of left shoulder injury, suffered in October 1988. ... Missed remainder of 1988-89 regular season with dislocated left shoulder, an injury suffered when he was winding up for a slap shot during Edmonton's Jan. 2, 1989, game at Minnesota. The recurring shoulder injury required surgery on Jan. 23, 1989, and Smith did not return to action until Game 1 of Edmonton's first-round playoff series at Los Angeles on April 5, 1989. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with broken bone in in foot, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Oct. 5, 1989, season-opener at Vancouver. ... Missed Edmonton's 1991 training camp while holding out as a restricted free agent in contract dispute with Oilers. The situation was resolved before the 1991-92 season when Edmonton traded him to Chicago. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with pulled ribcage muscle, an injury suffered during Chicago's Dec. 31, 1991, game at Minnesota. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with strained muscle in back, an injury suffered during Chicago's Dec. 27, 1992, game vs. Detroit. ... Suspended four games and fined $500 by NHL during 1993-94 season role in stick-swinging incident with Denis Savard during Chicago's Nov. 20, 1993, game at Tampa Bay. The suspension, announced on Nov. 26, 1993, cost Smith $54,000 of his $950,000 contract, and he did not return to action until Chicago's Dec. 7, 1993, game at St. Louis. ... Missed remainder of 1993-94 season and entire 1994 playoffs with broken left leg, an injury suffered during Chicago's Feb. 24, 1994, game vs. Winnipeg. ... Was Chicago's nominee and a finalist for 1995 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed start of 1995-96 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Chicago's practice on Oct. 5, 1995. He did not make his 1995-96 debut until Chicago's Nov. 9, 1995, game vs. Vancouver. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with sore back, an injury suffered during Chicago's Nov. 22, 1995, game at Colorado. He did not return to action until Chicago's Dec. 20, 1995, game at Toronto. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with sore back, an injury suffered prior to Chicago's Jan. 2, 1996, game at Boston. He did not return to action until Chicago's Jan. 27, 1996, game vs. Detroit. He immediately re-aggravated the injury and did not return to action until Chicago's Feb. 15, 1996, game at Boston. ... Missed remainder of 1995-96 regular-season and start of 1996 playoffs with broken left fibula, an injury suffered during Chicago's April 7,1996, game vs. Detroit. He did not return to action until Game 1 of Chicago's Western Conference quarterfinal series at Colorado on May 2, 1996. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with injured nerve in left leg, suffered during Chicago's Oct. 5, 1996, season-opener at Washington. He did not return to action until Chicago's Oct. 29, 1996, game at Tampa Bay. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with sore back, an injury suffered in Chicago's Nov. 17, 1996, game vs. Los Angeles and re-aggravated during Chicago's Nov. 27, 1996, game at San Jose. He did not return to the lineup until Chicago's Dec. 28, 1996, game at Toronto. He again re-aggravated the injury during Chicago's Dec. 31, 1996, game vs. Colorado and did not return to action until Chicago's March 14, 1997, game at Dallas. ... Retired for first time on Aug. 14, 1997, due to chronic back pain, and spent 1997-98 as a Calgary assistant coach. ... Came out of retirement on Aug. 17, 1998, to play for Calgary after back injury subsided enough for him to resume career. ... Played for his first game for Calgary in 1998-99 season-opener vs. San Jose in Tokyo, Japan, on Oct. 9, 1998. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with ankle injury, suffered during Calgary's March 13, 1999, game at Washington. ... Paired on defense with Derek Morris for Calgary in 1998-99. ... Missed remainder of 1998-99 season with laceration on neck, suffered during Calgary's April 3, 1999, game vs. Toronto. ... Was Calgary's nominee for 1998-99 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed a quarter of 1999-00 season with dislocated elbow, an injury suffered during Calgary's Nov. 6, 1999, game vs. Florida. He did not return to action until Calgary's Dec. 29, 1999, game vs. Anaheim. ... Missed remainder of 1999-00 season with bruised spinal cord, an injury suffered during Calgary's Jan. 8, 2000, game vs. Tampa Bay. The injury required surgery. ... Missed Calgary's 2000 training camp and start of 2000-01 season while recovering from back surgery. He did not make his 2000-01 season debut until Calgary's Oct. 15, 2000, game at Detroit. ... Missed remainder of 2000-01 season with concussion, an injury suffered during Calgary's Nov. 8, 2000, game at Minnesota. The injury, which also involved a re-injury of his back, ended Smith's career by forcing him to retire two months into the season. Doctors had told him he would not receive their medical clearance to resume his career.
Smith's Major Mistake: Smith is best known for his role in a moment that likely deprived the Edmonton Oilers a chance to match Montreal's record of winning the Stanley Cups five consecutive times. In 1985-86, the Oilers were coming off two straight Stanley Cup championships and appeared on the road to a third when they ran into a tough Calgary Flames team that took a 3-2 series lead through the first five games of the Smythe Division final series. Edmonton won Game 6 in Calgary to force a seventh game on April 30, 1986. Ironically, Game 7 was also the night of Smith's 23rd birthday. With the Oilers riding their Game 6 momentum, it appeared the dynasty was safe, but Calgary put up a tough fight in Game 7, and the score was tied 2-2 after two periods. The third period proved to be Edmonton's undoing, thanks to a costly mistake by Smith -- an error that would haunt the defenseman for the rest of his career. Just five minutes into the final period, Calgary's Perry Berezan sent the puck into the Edmonton zone as he was going off on a line change. Smith, a rookie, retrieved the puck behind the Oilers goal, moved to his left and attempted to fire a clearing shot out of the zone. Unfortunately, Smith had not looked up from the play to realize he was too close to his own goal. His shot caught the back of goaltender Grant Fuhr's left leg and banked into the Edmonton net, giving Calgary a 3-2 lead it would never relinquish. Berezan was credited with an unassisted goal at 5:14 of the third period, even though Smith clearly put the puck into his own net. Calgary players celebrated the goal not only because it gave them a win, but because they felt it served as payback for Smith, who speared Calgary's Carey Wilson in Game 6, landing Wilson in the hospital with a ruptured spleen. The Oilers thought they had time to come back and tie the game after Smith's error, but they couldn't beat Calgary goalie Mike Vernon. After the game, Edmonton coach Glen Sather didn't blame Smith for the loss, instead pointing to the whole period. "We lost as a team," Sather said. "We had lots of time to come back after that." Fans, however, continued to blame Smith for the loss, particularly after the Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1987 and 1988, making it apparent that without Smith's mistake, there might have been five straight titles. In another twist of fate, Smith would ultimately end his career with Calgary, the team he helped notch one of hockey greatest upsets.
Post-Draft Teams: London (OHL); Moncton (AHL); Brantford (OHL); Nova Scotia (AHL)
Canada Cup: 1991 (Canada) (first place)
Coaching Career:
Named Chicago Mission Pee-Wee Major assistant coach in July 2003 and held position into 2003-04 season. Included on the team's roster is Smith's son Barron.
Miscellaneous: Grew an inch after he was drafted, and played most of career at 6-foot-4. ... Also played right wing during last two seasons with London (OHL). ... Played seven games for Brantford (OHL) as an overage junior in 1983-84. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work as honorary chairman of Edmonton Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and honorary chairman of Edmonton Special Olympics and regular visits to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. ... Ran Edmonton-based Twin Towers Hockey School with teammate Jeff Beukeboom in early 1990s. ... Returned to Chicago area after retirement and coached son in youth hockey and baseball.
Personal: Full name is James Stephen Smith.
TRADE: Edmonton traded Smith to Chicago in exchange for Dave Manson and 1992 third-round pick (Kirk Maltby) on October 2, 1991.

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