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.