Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad Smith
Known to all as "Motor City Smitty," Brad Smith wasn't the best skater on the team, or the best scorer, but he was always a fan favourite. Why? Because he was the everyman. Through hard work and determination, Smith played in nine NHL seasons.

Smith played his junior hockey with the OHA's Windsor Spitfires and was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1978 Amateur Draft. He made his NHL debut in the 1978-79 season playing in two games while spending the majority of the year with the CHL's Dallas Blackhawks. He was then traded to the Atlanta Flames in the 1979-80 season and followed them to Calgary when the franchise relocated for the next season. He was dealt once again in 1981 this time to the Red Wings.

The dawn of Motor City Smitty came alive as Smith played with the Wings for four seasons, though he spent most of it with their AHL affiliate in Adrirondack. He signed with the Maple Leafs as a free agent in 1985 and split his first season there between Toronto and St. Catharines. The 1986-87 season was his last in the NHL and it was spent in its entirety with the Leafs.

Smith left the game as a player in 1987 but stepped behind the bench to coach his old junior team the Windsor Spitfires, teaching his players the way he played hockey--honest and hard working.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Belle River ON-Jr.B 66 37 53 90 165
1975-76 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 4 4 2 6 4
1976-77 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 66 37 53 90 154 9 4 10 14 30
1977-78 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 20 18 16 34 39
1977-78 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 46 21 21 42 183
1977-78 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 3 0 1 1 15
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -3
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 60 17 18 35 143 9 1 3 4 22
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 19 1 3 4 50 -4
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 4 +1
1979-80 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 51 26 16 42 138
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 45 7 4 11 65 -8
1980-81 Birmingham Bulls CHL 10 5 6 11 13
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 5 2 7 93 -12
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 33 2 0 2 80 -7
1981-82 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 34 10 5 15 126 5 0 0 0 8
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1982-83 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 74 20 30 50 132 6 1 1 2 10
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 2 1 3 36 -2
1983-84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 46 15 29 44 128 7 1 1 2 26
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 1 0 1 5 0 3 0 1 1 5
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 75 33 39 72 89
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 42 5 17 22 84 -8 6 2 1 3 20
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 31 13 29 42 79
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 5 7 12 172 +15 11 1 1 2 24
NHL Totals 222 28 34 62 591 20 3 3 6 49


Traded to Atlanta by Vancouver with Don Lever for Ivan Boldirev and Darcy Rota, February 8, 1980. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Detroit by Calgary for future considerations (Rick Vasko, May 28, 1981), February 24, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 2, 1985.
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