Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stan Smyl
Stan Smyl made an unusual commitment to his career by leaving his Alberta home at the tender age of 13 to play junior hockey with the Bellingham Blazers in British Columbia. He then quickly advanced to the New Westminster Bruins where he played three seasons of rock solid, two-way hockey.

By the time he was drafted 40th overall in the 1978 Amateur Draft, Smyl had fashioned himself as a feisty winger whose trademark was consistency. Standing only 5' 8" at best, he patterned his game on the solid work ethic of his heroes--Alan Stanley, Eddie Shack and Keith Magnuson. He was determined to prove that, in spite of his size, he was a heavyweight in achieving results.

During his first training camp, he caught notice as a determined body-checker. He quickly sought out the biggest man on the ice, Harold Snepsts, and clobbered him. The fallen giant recognized immediately that Smyl was the kind of player the Canucks needed. He took the rookie under his wing, commending him for the hit.

From 1978 until his retirement in 1991, Smyl served as a quintessential Canucks player. His career highlight came in making the Stanley Cup finals in 1982. The acrobatics of goaltender Richard Brodeur and the fans' tradition of swinging white towels in the air made for the most exhilarating series of his career. Unfortunately, the Canucks bowed out to the powerhouse Islanders.

Over the course of his 13 seasons in Vancouver, Smyl set all-time club records for games played, goals, assists, and points. He also holds the distinction of having served the longest term as team captain. The finishing touch to his on-ice career came when his #12 was retired by the Canucks in 1991.

Since leaving the ice, Smyl has remained with the club as an assistant coach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Bellingham Blazers BCJHL 48 29 33 62 115 25 13 22 33 15
1974-75 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 3 0 0 0 15
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 72 32 42 74 169 19 8 6 14 58
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 4 5 1 6 21
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 72 35 31 66 200 13 6 7 13 51
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 3 0 0 0 6
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 53 29 47 76 211 20 14 21 35 43
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 4 10 14 0
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 14 24 38 89 -6 2 1 1 2 0
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 3 1 1 2 9
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 31 47 78 204 +28 4 0 2 2 14
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 25 38 63 171 -8 3 1 2 3 0
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 34 44 78 144 +18 17 9 9 18 25
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 38 50 88 114 -6 4 3 2 5 12
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 24 43 67 136 -21 4 2 1 3 4
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 27 37 64 100 -18
1984-85 Canada WEC-A 10 1 1 2 6
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 27 35 62 144 -20
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 20 23 43 84 -20
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 12 25 37 110 -5
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 7 18 25 102 0 7 0 0 0 9
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 1 15 16 71 -14
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 2 12 14 87 -5
1991-1999 Vancouver Canucks NHLMGNT
1999-2001 Syracuse Crunch AHL
NHL Totals 896 262 411 673 1556 41 16 17 33 64


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1978)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - MVP) (1978)
Named Head Coach of Manitoba (AHL), June 28, 2001.