Flyers 1980s era two-way forward Derrick Smith was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on January 21, 1965. Drafted by the Flyers out of the OHL in the third round of the 1983 NHL Draft, Smith was not a big player (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) but he was both quick and hard-working in all three zones. Smith effectively played a sound, meat-and-potatoes style of hockey and won a lot of the little battles that add up playing winning hockey.
In a seven-season Flyers career that spanned 495 regular season games and 75 playoff matches between the 1984-85 and 1990-91 seasons, Smith was part of two teams that reached the Stanley Cup Finals and three that made it as far as the Wales Conference Finals. He had 80 career regular season goals and 167 points for the Flyers plus 13 goals and 24 points in the playoffs.
Smith was never particularly noted for his finishing touch in the offensive zone but he had a knack for scoring timely goals for the Flyers. He also tallied one hat trick in his Philly career, accomplished against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 10, 1988, in a Flyers' 6-4 win at the Spectrum.