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Richard Smith

Richard Smith  #23

Defenseman
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: June 29, 1948
BIRTHPLACE: Kingston, ON, Canada
DRAFTED: BOS / 1966 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 2nd   (7th overall)
OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1967, 1968) Traded to California by Boston with Reggie Leach and Bob Stewart for Carol Vadnais and Don O'Donoghue, February 23, 1972. Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Philadelphia (WHA) for Bill Young, cash and future considerations, May, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by California for cash, October 22, 1975. Traded to Boston by St. Louis for Joe Zanussi, December 20, 1976. Claimed by Detroit from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1980. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Detroit, November 7, 1980.
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I'm going into this with an open mind. This is a very young player (23) with a tremendous, tremendous amount of upside.

— Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Emerson Etem's potential