Gord Smith played for a handful of teams from 1968 to 1974 without getting a shot at the NHL. Although he signed with the L.A. Kings in 1970 as a free agent he never played a game for them.
While in the minors, Smith collected several accolades, including being named to the EHL North first all-star team in both 1971 and '72 and the AHL first all-star team in 1974. He was awarded the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's outstanding defenceman the same year. Smith was claimed by the Capitals in the Expansion Draft of 1974 and saw his first NHL action in the 1974-75 season.
After two seasons of being up and down with the Caps, Smith stayed with the club for the next few seasons, returning to the AHL in 1978-79 while splitting time with Washington. Smith was then claimed by the Winnipeg Jets in yet another expansion draft, in 1979, but played only 13 games for the team. Although traded to the Rangers in 1980, Smith finished his career in the AHL in 1983.