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Gary Smith

Gary Smith  #1

Goalie
NUMBER: 1 BIRTHDATE: February 4, 1944
BIRTHPLACE: Ottawa, ON, Canada
AwardsSeasons
Vezina Trophy 1971-1972
Son of Des Brother of Brian Vezina Trophy (1972) (shared with Tony Esposito) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975) Promoted to Toronto from Rochester (AHL) to replace injured Terry Sawchuk and played in games on February 19, 20, 23, 1966. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Chicago by California for Kerry Bond, Gerry Pinder and Gerry Desjardins, September 9, 1971. Selected by Chicago (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Vancouver by Chicago with Jerry Korab for Dale Tallon, May 14, 1973. Traded to Minnesota by Vancouver for Cesare Maniago, August 23, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 3, 1977. Traded to Minnesota by Washington for cash, February 19, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Indianapolis (WHA), September, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA) after Indianapolis (WHA) franchise folded, December 17, 1978. NHL rights retained by Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.
Quote of the Day

He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.

— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson