Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Des Smith
Des Smith grew up in the Ottawa area and played his junior hockey for the Montagnards. He played from 1930 to 1935 before moving across the pond to play in Britain for two seasons. Smith then made his NHL debut in the 1937-38 season with the Montreal Maroons.

He was traded to the Maroons' cross-town rivals, the Canadiens, but spent the majority of the 1938-39 season with the AHL's New Haven Eagles. The next season saw him dealt yet again, this time to the Blackhawks, who turned around and sent him to the Boston Bruins just 24 games later.

It was in Boston that Smith enjoyed his most success. A talented Bruins team that had such players as Bobby Bauer, Milt Schmidt, and Roy Conacher joined Smith in a sweep of the Red Wings to take the Stanley Cup in 1941. He played one more season before retiring from the NHL.

Smith moved back to Ottawa in 1942 where he coached the Army team for two seasons and then strapped the skates back on to play for two more seasons before retiring as a player once again in 1946. Smith laced up the skates yet again, this time to be a referee, in the AHL for several seasons. After hockey, he rekindled a fondness he had had for the racetrack. He became the announcer at the Carleton Raceway in Ottawa in 1962 and served as the public relations director until his untimely passing in 1981 at the age of 67.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1930-31 Ottawa St. Malachy's OCHL 13 1 0 1 32
1931-32 Ottawa Jr. Montagnards OCJHL 12 2 4 6 18 2 0 0 0 11
1931-32 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Ottawa Jr. Montagnards OCJHL 15 3 5 8 25 2 0 0 0 4
1932-33 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 21 6 5 11 37 3 0 1 1 4
1934-35 Charlottetown Abbies MSHL 19 0 2 2 54
1934-35 Saint John St. Peters SJCHL 14 6 15 21 19 12 4 1 5 21
1935-36 Wembley Lions Ln-Cup 4 1 5
1935-36 Wembley Lions Britain 7 4 11
1936-37 Wembley Monarchs Britain 34 8 8 16 40
1937-38 Montreal Maroons NHL 40 3 1 4 47
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 3 3 6 8 3 0 0 0 4
1938-39 New Haven Eagles IAHL 34 4 9 13 34
1939-40 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 24 1 4 5 27
1939-40 Boston Bruins NHL 20 2 2 4 23 6 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Boston Bruins NHL 48 6 8 14 61 11 0 2 2 12
1941-42 Boston Bruins NHL 48 7 7 14 70 5 1 2 3 2
1942-43 Ottawa Army OCHL
1943-44 Ottawa Army OCHL
1944-45 Montreal Army MCHL 10 6 2 8 10 3 0 1 1 4
1945-46 Shawinigan Cataracts QSHL 14 0 3 3 12
1946-47 Springfield Indians AHL 2 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 196 22 25 47 236 25 1 4 5 18


Brother of Rodger
Father of Brian and Gary
Signed as a free agent by Mtl. Maroons, October 7, 1937. Traded to Montreal by Mtl. Maroons for cash, September 14, 1938. Traded to Chicago by Montreal for cash, May 15, 1939. Traded to Boston by Chicago for Jack Portland, January 27, 1940.