Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Smith
In 1968, Rick Smith was selected as a second-team all-star while playing defense for the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA. The Boston Bruins liked what they saw and selected him 6th overall in the 1966 Amateur Draft.

He joined the Bruins in 1968-69, making a solid contribution to the team's efforts to secure Lord Stanley in 1970. By then, Smith had established himself as a solid, steady rearguard who always attended to the homework of his own zone.

Early in 1972, he was dealt to the California Golden Seals where he played for two season before jumping to the rival WHA for three years with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

He then jumped back to the NHL midway through the 1975-76 campaign by signing with the St. Louis Blues. After a short stay, the Bruins reacquired Smith in 1976. There he remained a key member of the Bruin clubs that consistently finished at the top of the standings. In 1980, however, he was claimed on waivers by Detroit, splitting his final season of pro hockey between the Wings and the Washington Capitals.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 47 2 16 18 60 5 1 1 2 6
1966-67 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 48 2 17 19 74 17 4 14 18 35
1967-68 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 49 5 36 41 123 11 2 9 11 33
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 48 0 5 5 29 +14 9 0 0 0 6
1968-69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 19 5 10 15 37
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 69 2 8 10 65 +12 14 1 3 4 17
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 67 4 19 23 44 +30 6 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 61 2 12 14 46 +53
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 17 1 4 5 26 -17
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 64 9 24 33 77 -43
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 71 10 28 38 98 11 0 1 1 22
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 7 0 0 0 12
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 78 9 29 38 112 12 2 7 9 6
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 51 1 32 33 50
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 1 7 8 18 +2 3 0 1 1 4
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 0 1 1 6 -3
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 7 1 6 7 11
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 46 6 16 22 30 +23 14 0 9 9 14
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 79 7 29 36 69 +70 15 1 5 6 18
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 65 7 18 25 46 +20 11 0 4 4 12
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 78 8 18 26 62 +22 6 1 1 2 2
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 0 2 2 6 -5
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 40 5 4 9 36 +7
NHL Totals 687 52 167 219 560 78 3 23 26 73


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1967, 1968) Traded to California by Boston with Reggie Leach and Bob Stewart for Carol Vadnais and Don O'Donoghue, February 23, 1972. Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Philadelphia (WHA) for Bill Young, cash and future considerations, May, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by California for cash, October 22, 1975. Traded to Boston by St. Louis for Joe Zanussi, December 20, 1976. Claimed by Detroit from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1980. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Detroit, November 7, 1980.