Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dallas Smith
Dallas Smith was known as a defensive defenceman who almost didn't get his chance to play in the NHL. He made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins playing five games in the 1959-60 season. The next year saw him stay with the team for the whole season before spending the majority of the 1961-62 season in the minors. For three more seasons Smith could not break into the Bruins lineup despite its having rough years.

After two stints with the team in 1965-66 and 1966-67, Smith finally joined the Bruins just as they were on the way up. Bobby Orr joined Smith on the blueline and led the team to Stanley Cup championships in both 1969-70 and 1971-72.

After thinking he would never make it back to the NHL, Smith was a key member to a Bruins team that everyone feared to play. He appeared in the All-Star Game in four straight years from 1971 to 1974 and was the NHL plus/minus leader for the 1967-68 season. Smith retired from the Bruins after they lost in the Cup finals in 1977 to the Canadiens but was coaxed back to play for the Rangers the next season by his former teammate, Phil Esposito. Smith later regretted the comeback, having, by his own admission a terrible season, and retired for good in 1978.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1958-59 Estevan Bruins SJHL 47 5 15 20 41 14 4 2 6 26
1959-60 Estevan Bruins SJHL 59 12 33 45 102
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 5 1 1 2 0
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 70 1 9 10 79
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 0 0 10
1961-62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 3 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 55 1 12 13 93
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 68 4 18 22 64 7 1 2 3 14
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 64 4 14 18 57 5 1 0 1 6
1964-65 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 14 16 30 79
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 69 5 23 28 52 9 0 5 5 10
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 33 0 1 1 24
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 29 3 9 12 44 11 2 0 2 20
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 74 4 23 27 65 +33 4 0 2 2 0
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 75 4 24 28 74 +44 10 0 3 3 16
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 75 7 17 24 119 +9 14 0 3 3 19
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 73 7 38 45 68 +94 7 0 3 3 26
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 78 8 22 30 132 +34 15 0 4 4 22
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 78 4 27 31 72 +38 5 0 2 2 2
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 77 6 21 27 64 +26 16 1 7 8 20
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 79 3 20 23 84 +30 3 0 2 2 4
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 77 7 25 32 103 +42 11 2 2 4 19
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 58 2 20 22 40 +16
1976-77 Canada WEC-A 10 0 2 2 4
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 29 1 4 5 23 -11 1 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 890 55 252 307 959 86 3 29 32 128


CPHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
NHL Plus/Minus Leader (1968) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
Loaned to Montreal (Hull-Ottawa-EPHL) by Boston with the loan of Bob Armstrong and cash for Wayne Connelly, October 26, 1961. Loaned to San Francisco (WHL) by Boston for the 1964-65 season to complete transaction that sent Cliff Pennington to Boston (December 17, 1963), July 8, 1964. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, December 19, 1977.