Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Smith
"Pound for pound, he is one of the best players in the NHL." This is the praise that Dick Irvin gave Kenny Smith as he watched him check his Canadiens star Maurice Richard in the 1945-46 Stanley Cup finals.

Smith played junior hockey in Regina for one season and then headed East and played with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA from 1941 to 1944. In his final year as a junior, Smith led the league in goals and points and was signed by the Boston Bruins. He made his NHL debut in the 1944-45 season with a war-depleted Bruins lineup and played a great rookie season. But, he was sent down to the AHL's Hershey Bears for the start of the next year as the regular Bruins team returned from overseas. Luckily, an injury to a key player gave Smith the chance to play in Boston once again.

He remained a Bruin his whole career. Despite being traded to the Leafs in 1950, Smith never played a game for them. From 1951 to 1957, he played in the AHL and called it a career in the 1956-57 season, long after scouts said he was too small to play in the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1940-41 Regina Pats S-SJHL 15 13 7 20 2 4 4 1 5 0
1941-42 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 24 17 14 31 0 23 19 11 30 12
1941-42 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 11 7 5 12 2
1942-43 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 22 33 21 54 2 21 31 23 54 16
1942-43 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 11 16 8 24 4
1943-44 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 26 53 26 79 2 10 6 7 13 0
1943-44 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 10 14 13 27 0
1944-45 Boston Bruins NHL 49 20 14 34 2 7 3 4 7 0
1945-46 Boston Bruins NHL 23 2 6 8 0 8 0 4 4 0
1945-46 Hershey Bears AHL 27 10 13 23 8
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 60 14 7 21 4 5 3 0 3 2
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 60 11 12 23 14 5 2 3 5 0
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 59 20 20 40 6 5 0 2 2 4
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 66 10 31 41 12
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 14 1 3 4 11
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 55 8 23 31 33 13 2 7 9 4
1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 3 0 0 0 6
1951-52 Providence Reds AHL 56 20 36 56 20 15 3 1 4 8
1952-53 Providence Reds AHL 25 4 7 11 13
1953-54 Providence Reds AHL 23 3 9 12 12
1953-54 Sydney Millionaires MMHL 6 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Hershey Bears AHL 50 12 16 28 16
1955-56 Hershey Bears AHL 64 16 35 51 22
1956-57 Hershey Bears AHL 17 0 2 2 4
NHL Totals 331 78 93 171 49 30 8 13 21 6


Brother of Don Traded to Toronto by Boston with Fern Flaman, Phil Maloney and Leo Boivin for Bill Ezinicki and Vic Lynn, November 16, 1950. Traded to Providence (AHL) by Toronto for cash, November 10, 1951.
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