Sid Smith (ice hockey player)

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Sid Smith (ice hockey player)
Date of birth July 11, 1925
place of birth Toronto , Ontario , Canada
date of death April 29, 2004
Place of death Wasaga Beach , Ontario , Canada
size 178 cm
Weight 80 kg
position Left wing
Shot hand Left
Career stations
1943-1944 Toronto de la Salle
1944-1945 Oshawa Generals
1945-1946 Toronto Staffords
1946-1957 Toronto Maple Leafs
1957-1959 Whitby Dunlops

Sidney James "Sid" Smith (born July 11, 1925 in Toronto , Ontario , † April 29, 2004 in Wasaga Beach , Ontario) was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach , who from 1946 to 1958 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in National Hockey League played.


During his junior years, Smith played for the Oshawa Generals in the OHA . After serving with the Toronto Staffords , he moved to the Quebec Aces in the QSHL . In the 1946/47 season he made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs , but then played more often for the Pittsburgh Hornets in the AHL .

He also moved between Toronto and Pittsburgh for the next two years. Since he was now in the squad for the Maple Leafs for the playoffs, he won his first two Stanley Cups . In the playoffs 1948/49 he fell in the first semi-final against Boston with two goals and a template. In the finals, Detroit's star Gordie Howe heard that a new player was causing a sensation at the Maple Leafs. Smith scored all three goals in a 3: 1 victory in the second game of the series and Howe asked reporters , "Who is Sid Smith?" . From the following season he played in a row with Theodore Kennedy and Bill Ezinicki . One of Smith's noteworthy goals was a goal in overtime in the 1950–51 playoffs finals when he won his third Stanley Cup with the Leafs. Also, when a Maple Leafs game was televised for the first time on November 1, 1952, it was Smith who scored the winning goal for his team. But he was not only a remarkable player because of his accuracy. In addition to six years with over 20 goals in a row, he was rarely seen in the penalty box. His fairness also earned him the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy twice . After the retirement of Ted Kennedy he was team captain of the Leafs.

When he ended his career after twelve games in the 1957/58 season, only Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Ted Lindsay had scored more goals in the NHL than him.

Smith did not retire, but took over as player-coach of the Whitby Dunlops . This team represented Canada at the 1958 Ice Hockey World Championship and Smith led his team to gold medal.

NHL statistics

Seasons Games Gates Assists Points Penalty minutes
Regular season 12 601 186 183 369 94
Playoffs 8th 44 17th 10 27 2

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