Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon has released the following statement regarding the passing of former Blackhawks forward Clint Smith, 95:
“We are honored that Clint spent a portion of his Hall-of-Fame career in a Blackhawks uniform and offer his family our deepest condolences as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Our young players can learn a great deal from Clint and his decorated career both on and off the ice. He will always be a part of our family and great tradition.”
Smith, who was the oldest living Blackhawks alumni member at the time of his death, spent the final four seasons of his 11-year National Hockey League career with Chicago (1943-47), racking up 202 points (81G, 121A) and just 12 penalty minutes in 202 regular-season games. The Assiniboia, Saskatchewan native is one of seven Blackhawks players to capture the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1944). He also earned the award in 1939 as a member of the New York Rangers.
A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Smith recorded career highs with 49 assists – then an NHL record – and 72 points in 50 contests with the Blackhawks in 1943-44. He served as Chicago’s team captain in 1944-45 and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice in his tenure, notching 15 points (6G, 9A) in 13 postseason tilts.
Smith spent the first seven of his 11 NHL seasons as a member of the New York Rangers, helping the franchise capture the 1940 Stanley Cup. Overall, he finished his career with 397 points (161G, 236A) and 24 penalty minutes in 483 career regular-season matchups. Smith never posted more than six penalty minutes in a single campaign (1946-47).