Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stan Smrke
Left-winger Stan Smrke played 21 seasons in his professional career with 19 of them split between Chicoutimi and Rochester. Smrke, who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on September 2nd 1928, began his minor pro career in Toronto with the Young Rangers in 1947. After a year in the Eastern League, he headed to Chicoutimi where he played all but four games of the next nine years.

The four games away from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens was spent with the Montreal Canadiens, who acquired him in a four-player trade. When Smrke took to the ice as a Montreal Canadien during the 1956-57 he became the first Yugoslavian born player in NHL history. He played four games that year and five more the following season with Montreal. He registered three assists with the Canadiens in his second stint but did not score a goal. However, Smrke participated in the 1957 All-Star Game, which pitted league All-Stars versus Montreal, the defending Cup Champions. Smrke managed to score a goal in that game, his only against NHL opposition.

The rest of the 1957-58 campaign was spent with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans, the first of what would end up being nine years with the club. Smrke returned to Chicoutimi for the 1958-59 season but was back in Rochester the year after. In 1959-60 Smrke led the AHL in goals when he fired home 40. The left-winger settled in with the Americans and became a steady source of offense for the club who twice won the Calder Cup as league champions during his tenure. In 1967, after scoring 31 goals and 61 points in 71 games for Rochester Stan Smrke retired from the game.

In 1988 the Rochester Americans inducted Stan Smrke into their Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Smrke, who died on April 14th 1977, was not alive to enjoy the honour.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1945-46 Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen NOJHA 3 4 0 4 0
1946-47 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 5 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Atlantic City<196>Baltimore EAHL 28 9 16 25 14
1948-49 Chicoutimi Volants LSLHL 36 27 18 45
1949-50 Chicoutimi Sagueneens LSLHL 58 24 26 50 64 5 5 0 5 5
1950-51 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMHL 54 16 36 52 48 6 0 2 2 2
1951-52 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMHL 40 10 13 23 25 18 5 6 11 15
1952-53 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMHL 59 35 46 81 28 20 5 8 13 13
1953-54 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 62 11 32 43 24 7 0 2 2 0
1954-55 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 60 25 36 61 34 7 2 2 4 2
1955-56 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 45 26 32 58 20 5 1 3 4 7
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 33 20 18 38 22
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 3 3 0
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 63 20 19 39 32
1958-59 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 57 36 32 68 40
1959-60 Rochester Americans AHL 67 40 36 76 18 11 7 6 13 2
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 21 10 12 22 6
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 40 7 19 26 14 2 0 0 0 0
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 71 22 25 47 16 2 1 0 1 0
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 59 23 19 42 26 2 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 71 33 59 92 28 10 5 4 9 4
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 50 11 20 31 8 8 0 1 1 0
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 71 31 30 61 24 13 2 7 9 2
NHL Totals 9 0 3 3 0


Father of John
QMHL Second All-Star Team (1951)
QMHL First All-Star Team (1953)
QHL Second All-Star Team (1956, 1959)
AHL First All-Star Team (1960) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1957)
Traded to Montreal by Chicoutimi (QHL) for Jackie Leclair, Jacques Deslauriers and Guy Rousseau, October 27, 1957. Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Al MacNeil, June 7, 1960.