Smyth, acquired by the Kings in a trade with Colorado on July 3, has scored more goals (24) and points (48) against the Kings than any other team in the NHL. No wonder his favorite road arena used to be STAPLES Center.
Smyth, along with Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, has been invited to attend Team Canada’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp, set for Aug. 24 – 27 in Calgary.
No player on the Kings roster has more International experience than Smyth, who earned the nickname “Captain Canada” after representing his country seven times at the World Championships (won the gold medal in 2003 and 2004) and twice at the Winter Olympics (won the gold medal in 2002) during his playing career. Also on Smyth’s International resume are the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (won a gold medal) and the 1995 World Junior Championships (won a gold medal).
Smyth was selected sixth overall by Edmonton in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. The draft that year was held at the Hartford Civic Center. Which team had the seventh overall selection that year? The Los Angeles Kings, who selected goaltender Jamie Storr.
Smyth was one of five future NHL All-Stars selected in the first round in 1994. The others were Ed Jovanovski (first overall), former King Oleg Tverdovsky (second overall), Jeff O’Neil (fifth overall) and Mattias Ohlund (13th overall).
Only two players drafted in 1994 have played more career NHL regular season games than Smyth. Radek Bonk (third overall) with 969 games and Daniel Alfredsson (sixth round, 133rd overall) with 932 games. Smyth enters this season’s action with 920 career NHL regular season games under his belt.
Smyth also ranks third overall in his 1994 draft class with 310 career NHL goals. Only Alfredsson (355 goals) and Milan Hejduk (312 goals) have more. Hejduk, a former teammate of Smyth’s, was selected in the fourth round, 87th overall, in 1994.
Smyth has worn jersey #94 throughout his playing career. #94 reflects both the year he was drafted in the NHL and the year he graduated high school.
Smyth’s older brother Kevin also played in the NHL. Kevin played 58 career NHL games with the Hartford Whalers from 1993-96.
Off the ice, Smyth’s immediate family includes his wife, Stacey, along with their kids, Isabella (6), Elizabeth (4) and Alexander (1). During the offseason, the family resides in Blind Bay, British Columbia.