Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Normie Smith
Normie Smith will always be remembered for the first game of the Stanley Cup semi-finals in 1936 against the Montreal Maroons when he and his Red Wind teammates won the longest game in hockey history. After three regulation periods of shutout hockey, the game went into overtime--six overtime periods to be exact. The Red Wings finally scored at 2:25 a.m. and 176 minutes of game time. Smith earned the shutout by making 92 saves.

After a season in the minors, Smith had caught on with the Montreal Maroons and made his NHL debut playing in the 1931-32 season. He then spent the next few seasons in the minors before being dealt to St. Louis though would never play a game there. The team traded him to the Red Wings where he began in 1934-35. After a stint in the minors, Smith played his first full season in the NHL in 1935-36 leading the league in wins and backstopping the Wings to their first Stanley Cup.

The next season saw him named to the first all-star team and win the Vezina trophy as the league's best goalie. He helped the Red Wings defend their championship and win a second straight Cup.

Smith played until the 1938-39 season when he retired from the game. He returned to the Wings in 1943 to play for two more seasons. Smith hung up his pads for good in the 1944-45 season and worked for Ford before moving to Florida after retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1929-30 Toronto Willys-Overland TMHL 9 3 4 2 1 2.04
1930-31 Montreal AAA MCHL 10 1.10
1930-31 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 7 5 1 1 1 2.23 6 4 1 1 0 1.69
1931-32 Montreal Maroons NHL 21 5 12 4 0 2.94
1931-32 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 14 3 2.50 6 4 1 1 3 1.33
1932-33 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 42 14 22 6 2 2.86 6 2 4 0 0 3.00
1933-34 Quebec Castors Can-Am 32 12 12 8 3 1.91
1934-35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 12 11 2 2 2.01
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 27 4 2.19 10 7 3 0 2 1.78
1934-35 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1934-35 Detroit Olympics L-W-S 5 3 2 0 1 2.81
1935-36 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 24 16 8 6 2.04 7 6 1 0 2 1.34
1936-37 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 25 14 9 6 2.05 5 3 1 1 1.28
1937-38 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 11 25 11 3 2.66
1938-39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 4 0 0 3.00
1938-39 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1939-40
1940-41
1941-42
1942-43
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 3 1 1 0 3.00
1944-45 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
NHL Totals 199 81 83 35 17 2.32 12 9 2 0 3 1.31


NHL First All-Star Team (1937)
Vezina Trophy (1937)
Signed as a free agent by Mtl. Maroons, July 29, 1930. Traded to St. Louis by Mtl. Maroons with Vern Ayres to complete transaction that sent Al Shields to Mtl. Maroons (September 20, 1934), October 18, 1934. Traded to Detroit by St. Louis for Burr Williams, October 22, 1934.
Suspended by Detroit for refusing to play following game vs. NY Rangers, November 15, 1938. Rights traded to Boston by Detroit with $15,000 for Tiny Thompson, November 28, 1938.
Officially announced retirement, November 29, 1938.