Flyers 1981 first-round pick Steve Smith was born on April 4, 1963 in Trenton, Ontario. He shares the same birthdate as Hockey Hall of Fame Dale Hawerchuk, who was selected first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Draft. The Flyers chose Smith with the 16th pick overall of the first round.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound defenseman did not develop as the Flyers believed he would. In his draft year, Smith was projected as a future NHL impact blueliner who played a tough physical style while also chipping in offensively. Spending most of his career in the American Hockey League, Smith played in 14 NHL regular season games with the Flyers over parts of the 1981-82 to 1986-87 seasons. Seven of the games came in 1981-82.
While he did not live up to expectations of becoming an NHL regular, Smith had several double-digit goal, 30-plus point, 130 to 191 penalty minute seasons as a member of the Hershey Bears in the AHL. Shortly before the 1988-89 season, the Flyers lost Smith to the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL waiver draft.
Smith played three games with the Sabres in his first year with the organization but primarily continued to toil in the AHL. After the 1991-92 season, Smith briefly played in Italy before retiring at the age of 30.