Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith was never given the natural ability to become a superstar in the NHL, but with his work ethic and commitment to the game and putting the team before himself he became an integral part to each club he played for.

He was drafted out of the OHL from the Peterborough Petes, in 1983, by the Philadelphia Flyers; (the same draft that saw such future Hall of Famers as Steve Yzerman and Domnik Hasek selected). In his first season in the NHL, 1984-85, Smith and the Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals only to fall to Wayne Gretzky's Oilers in five games. Two seasons later, the Flyers faced Edmonton once again, this time pushing them to a seventh and deciding game in Edmonton, only to once again fall to the mighty Oilers.

Smith had one more run at the Cup when the Flyers made it to the Conference finals in 1989 but were stopped by the Canadiens. After seven seasons as a Flyer, Smith donned a new sweater for the 1991-92 season when the North Stars claimed him off waivers. He spent the majority of his playing time with the team's IHL affiliate in Kalamazoo.

Smith played his last game in the NHL during the 1993-94 season with the Dallas Stars. He played in the IHL from 1994 to 1998 becoming a member of the league's second all-star team in 1994. He finished his career in the ECHL with the Baton-Rouge Kingfish in the 1998-99 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Wexford Warriors ON-Jr.B 45 35 47 82 40
1982-83 Peterborough Petes OHL 70 16 19 35 47
1983-84 Peterborough Petes OHL 70 30 36 66 31 8 4 4 8 7
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 17 22 39 31 +28 19 2 5 7 16
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 6 6 12 57 +14 4 0 0 0 10
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 11 21 32 34 -4 26 6 4 10 26
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 16 8 24 104 -20 7 0 0 0 6
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 16 14 30 43 -4 19 5 2 7 12
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 3 6 9 32 -15
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 11 10 21 37 0
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 2 4 6 33 -8 7 1 0 1 9
1991-92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 6 1 5 6 4
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 9 0 1 1 2 -2
1992-93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 52 22 13 35 43
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 77 44 37 81 90 5 0 0 0 18
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 68 30 21 51 103 16 3 8 11 8
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 69 15 26 41 79 10 4 3 7 16
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 68 8 21 29 55 4 1 0 1 16
1997-98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 64 15 26 41 39 -5 4 1 1 2 2
1998-99 Baton Rouge Kingfish ECHL 6 3 7 10 9 +2 6 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 537 82 92 174 373 82 14 11 25 79


IHL Second All-Star Team (1994) Claimed on waivers by Minnesota from Philadelphia, October 26, 1991. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Baton Rouge (ECHL), March 23, 1999.