Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bryan Smolinski
The Bruins selected Bryan Smolinski out of Michigan State University in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He finished his college career in 1993 and was named to the CHA's First All-Star team that year. He made the NCAA's first All-American team and joined Boston for nine regular season games as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs.

After two more seasons as a Bruin, playing with the likes of Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and Adam Oates, Smolinski was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he joined such superstars as Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. The Pens made a run for the Cup in 1996 but was stopped by the underdog Florida Panthers that squeaked out a win in game seven of the conference finals.

A member of U.S. World Cup team in 1996, Smolinski sat out the beginning of the 1996-97 season in a contract dispute as the Penguins looked to deal the talented forward. Several teams bid for his services, but in the end the Islanders won out. Smolinski made an immediate impact on the team. He spent three seasons in New York before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1999 where he played for parts of four seasons before being acquired by the Ottawa Senators at the March trading deadline in 2003.

As a Senator, Smolinski reached the 500-point plateau and represented Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Smolinski would compete with the Senators for two seasons before being sent to the Chicago Blackhawks with Martin Havlat in exchange for Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and a 2nd round draft pick in the 2008 entry draft.

As a Blackhawk, Smolinski was one of the bright spots on a Chicago club that struggled throughout the 2006-07 season. Set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, the Blackhawks opted to trade the winger to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2nd-round pick one day prior to the NHL trading deadline. Smolinski appeared in 20 regular season, and 12 playoff games with the Canucks before signing a one year contract with the Montreal Canadiens in the off-season.

Aside from his World Cup experience, Smolinski is a two-time member of the U.S. World Championship team in 1998 and 1999.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Detroit Little Caesars MNHL 80 43 77 120
1988-89 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 46 32 62 94 132
1989-90 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 35 9 13 22 34
1989-90 United States WJC-A 7 2 3 5 8
1990-91 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 35 9 12 21 24
1991-92 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 41 28 33 61 55
1992-93 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 40 31 37 68 93
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 9 1 3 4 0 +3 4 1 0 1 2
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 83 31 20 51 82 +4 13 5 4 9 4
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 44 18 13 31 31 -3 5 0 1 1 4
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 24 40 64 69 +6 18 5 4 9 10
1996-97 United States W-Cup 6 0 5 5 0
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 6 5 7 12 10
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 64 28 28 56 25 +9
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 81 13 30 43 34 -16
1997-98 United States WC-A 6 3 1 4 10
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 82 16 24 40 49 -7
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 3 3 6 8
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 20 36 56 48 +2 4 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 27 32 59 40 +10 13 1 5 6 14
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 13 25 38 56 +7 7 2 0 2 2
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 18 20 38 18 -1
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 10 3 5 8 2 +1 18 2 7 9 6
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 19 27 46 49 +22 7 1 1 2 4
2004-05 United States W-Cup 3 1 0 1 0 -2
2004-05 Motor City Mechanics UHL 21 9 23 32 18 +20
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 17 31 48 46 +8 10 3 3 6 2
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 62 14 23 37 29 +10
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 4 3 7 8 -3 12 2 2 4 8
2007-08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 8 17 25 20 -6 12 1 2 3 2
2008-09 Port Huron IceHawks IHL 21 9 21 30 18 +7 6 3 3 6 9
2008-09 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 7 3 1 4 6
2009-10 Flint Generals IHL 48 24 25 49 42 +3 12 3 12 15 4
NHL Totals 1056 274 377 651 606 123 23 29 52 60


CCHA First All-Star Team (1993)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1993)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Boston with Glen Murray and Boston's 3rd round choice (Boyd Kane) in 1996 Entry Draft for Kevin Stevens and Shawn McEachern, August 2, 1995. Traded to NY Islanders by Pittsburgh for Darius Kasparaitis and Andreas Johansson, November 17, 1996. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders with Ziggy Palffy, Marcel Cousineau and New Jersey's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Daniel Johansson) in 1999 Entry Draft for Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (Taylor Pyatt) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 20, 1999. Traded to Ottawa by Los Angeles for the rights to Tim Gleason, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Motor City (UHL), February 11, 2005. Traded to Chicago by Ottawa with Martin Havlat for Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and Chicago's 2nd round choice (Patrick Wiercioch) 2008 Entry Draft, July 10, 2006. Traded to Vancouver by Chicago for Vancouver's 2nd round choice (Akim Aliu) in 2007 Entry Draft, February 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 2, 2007. Signed to a PTO (tryout) contract by Milwaukee (AHL), April 30, 2009. Signed as a free afent by Flint (IHL), November 2, 2009.