Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Greg Smith
After attending Colorado College for three years, Greg Smith joined the team that selected him in the 1975 Amateur Draft for the 1975-76 season, the California Golden Seals, with a one game debut. When the team moved to Cleveland where they became the Barons, Smith followed and spent two seasons with them.

Smith was protected by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1978 Dispersal Draft and saw his first Stanley Cup playoff action in 1980 as the team made it to the semi-finals. The 1980-81 season saw Smith and Minnesota make a run for the Cup as they cruised through the playoffs until meeting the Islanders in the finals. Although many fans cheered for the underdog North Stars, they proved no match for the powerful Islanders who won their second straight Cup on the way to four in a row.

In 1981, Smith was dealt to the Red Wings where he played for eight years before being traded to the Capitals in 1986. Smith ended his playing career in 1988 after three years in Washington.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Colorado College WCHA 31 7 13 20 80
1974-75 Colorado College WCHA 36 10 24 34 75
1975-76 Colorado College WCHA 34 18 19 37 123
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 1 0 1 1 2 -1
1975-76 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 5 0 2 2 2 5 1 2 3 4
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 74 9 17 26 65 -31
1976-77 Canada WEC-A 10 1 1 2 4
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 80 7 30 37 92 -26
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 5 27 32 147 -21
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 5 0 0 0 12
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 55 5 13 18 103 -1 12 0 1 1 9
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 5 21 26 126 +7 19 1 5 6 39
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 10 22 32 79 -22
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 4 26 30 79 +7
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 3 20 23 108 +6 4 1 0 1 8
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 2 18 20 117 -26 3 0 0 0 7
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 5 19 24 84 -14
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 14 0 3 3 10 +3 9 2 1 3 9
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 45 0 9 9 31 -6 7 0 0 0 11
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 54 1 6 7 67 +5 9 0 0 0 23
NHL Totals 829 56 232 288 1110 63 4 7 11 106


Signed as a free agent by California, March, 1975. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Protected by Minnesota prior to Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Detroit by Minnesota with the rights to Don Murdoch and Minnesota's 1st round choice (Murray Craven) in 1982 Entry Draft for Detroit's 1st round choice (Brian Bellows) in 1982 Entry Draft, August 21, 1981. Traded to Washington by Detroit with John Barrett for Darren Veitch, March 10, 1986.