Vancouver, B.C. – Former NHL forward Clint Smith passed away on Tuesday, May 19th at the age of 95. Smith played 11 years in the NHL with the New York Rangers (1936-43) and Chicago Blackhawks (1943-47), winning the Stanley Cup with New York in 1940.
The Assiniboia, Saskatchewan native won the Lady Byng trophy twice (1939 and 1944) and set an NHL record of 49 assists in a single season (1944). He became the first person to score on an empty net and still shares the record for most goals in a period with four, set in 1945 against Montreal. Following his playing career, Smith served as a head coach of the Tulsa Oilers (USHL), St. Paul Saints (USHL) and Cincinnati Mohawks (AHL). Smith was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.
In addition to NHL tenures with New York and Chicago, Smith was a member of the Vancouver Lions of the NWHL from 1933-36. He eventually retired to the city where he became a founding member of the British Columbia Hockey Benevolent Association (also known as the Canucks Alumni), holding various positions within the organization, including president.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Clint Smith’s name to:
The British Columbia Hockey Benevolent Foundation Registered Charity: #0738021-23-27 #104 – 2433 Bellevue Ave. West Vancouver V7V 1E1
Date/time for a service will be released at a later time.