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LW/C Don Smith



A great scorer who shone everywhere he went:

- 5'7", 160 lbs
- FAHL Scoring Leader (1907)
- 5th in Manitoba League Scoring (1908)
- 6th in OPHL scoring (1909)
- 7th in CHA/NHA scoring (1910)
- Also finished 3rd, 7th, 10th in NHA goalscoring (1911, 1913, 1914
- 4th, 6th in NHA assists (1914, 1915)
- 5th in PCHA scoring (1912)
- Missed three prime years due to WW1
- Tied with Jack McDonald and Harry Cameron for 21st in total pre-merger goals with 171; the top-51 players who all have 101+ were all drafted when Smith and McDonald were taken on Day 1, except for two players: Herb Jordan (35th, 129) and *** ****** (44th, 109)
- 10th all-time in NHA Goals as shown below:

Name Goals NHA Seasons
Joe Malone 179 7
Didier Pitre 156 7
Newsy Lalonde 148 7
Tommy Smith 141 5
Odie Cleghorn 134 7
Gord Roberts 124 7
Jack Darragh 122 7
Harry Hyland 106 7
Skene Ronan 104 7
Don Smith 97 6
Jack McDonald 91 6
Ernie Russell 86 5
Frank Nighbor 85 3
Sprague Cleghorn 83 7
Rusty Crawford 67 5
Marty Walsh 63 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by loh.net
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Don Smith went on to play Senior hockey in his hometown for three years before making stops in Portage la Prairie before turning pro in the Ontario Professional Hockey League in 1908. Smith switched teams in each of the next three years with stints with the Montreal Shamrocks, the Renfrew Creamery Kings and the Victoria Aristocrats before settling in Montreal for good in 1912.

Smith was halfway through his third season with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey Association when the club sold his rights to the cross-town rival Montreal Wanderers during the 1914-15 season. After playing one full season with the Wanderers Smith's career was put on hold while he served his country.

During the three years Smith served in the military the NHA folded and a new circuit, the National Hockey League was formed. Smith returned to hockey in 1919 when he was signed by his former club, the Montreal Canadiens.

Smith, a forward who played both left wing and centre suited up for 10 games for Les Habitants and scored one goal. His first season in the NHL was also his last as a player. Don Smith retired in 1920.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup
Played center for Joe Hall... Also centered Odie Cleghorn and Rowe... Was a very popular player with the fans and admired for his good hockey and clean play... Played LW with Newsy Lalonde and Didier Pitre... Wanderers used him at centre for Gord Roberts and Harry Hyland... a fine player who was unlucky enough never to be on a championship team


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