Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bobby Smith
After a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67's in which Bobby Smith amassed 192 points in only 61 games for the 1977-78 season, he was selected first overall in the 1978 Amateur Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He was named to the OHA's first all-star team, second all-star team twice, and the Memorial Cup all-star team for 1977. Smith also won the George Parsons Trophy as the Memorial Cup's most sportsmanlike player and was named the Canadian major junior player of the year award in 1978.

Smith made his NHL debut in the 1978-79 season and had an instant impact on the league, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie. In only his third season in the league, he helped guide the North Stars to the Stanley Cup finals only to fall victim the New York Islanders' second of four straight championships.

He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 1983 and carried on where he left off, helping the Habs reach the Cup finals in 1985-86 where he watched a rookie, Patrick Roy, backstop the team to victory. This was Smith's first and only Cup.

After another trip back to the finals with the Habs in 1989, Smith was dealt back to Minnesota for the 1990-91 season where the team headed to the playoffs as a huge underdog. With Smith's veteran leadership and scoring touch, the North Stars faced Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. The North Stars put up a great fight but eventually succumbed to the Pens in six games.

Smith played for two more seasons in the NHL before retiring as a player and moving up to become the general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes from 1997 to 2000.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Ottawa Golden Knights Minor-ON 58 74 64 138
1975-76 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 62 24 34 58 21 12 2 1 3 4
1976-77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 64 65 70 135 52 19 16 16 32 29
1976-77 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 6 6 12 4
1977-78 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 61 69 123 192 44 16 15 15 30 10
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 3 1 4 5 0
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 30 44 74 39 -8
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 8 5 3 8 0
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 61 27 56 83 24 +16 15 1 13 14 9
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 29 64 93 73 +1 19 8 17 25 13
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 43 71 114 82 +10 4 2 4 6 5
1981-82 Canada WEC-A 10 1 5 6 0
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 24 53 77 81 -20 9 6 4 10 17
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 10 3 6 9 9 -1
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 26 37 63 62 -7 15 2 7 9 8
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 16 40 56 59 -9 12 5 6 11 30
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 31 55 86 55 +10 20 7 8 15 22
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 28 47 75 72 +6 17 9 9 18 19
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 27 66 93 78 +13 11 3 4 7 8
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 51 83 69 +25 21 11 8 19 46
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 12 14 26 35 -4 11 1 4 5 6
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 15 31 46 60 -9 23 8 8 16 56
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 9 37 46 109 -24 7 1 4 5 6
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 45 5 7 12 10 -9
NHL Totals 1077 357 679 1036 917 184 64 96 160 245


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1976, 1977)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1977)
George Parsons Trophy (Memorial Cup - Most Sportsmanlike Player) (1977)
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1978)
OMJHL - MVP (1978)
Canadian Major Junior - Player of the Year (1978)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1982, 1989, 1991)
Traded to Montreal by Minnesota for Keith Acton, Mark Napier and Toronto's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Ken Hodge Jr.) in 1984 Entry Draft, October 28, 1983. Traded to Minnesota by Montreal for Minnesota's 4th round choice (Louis Bernard) in 1992 Entry Draft, August 7, 1990.