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12-26-2011, 05:08 PM
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The Minutemen select 6'1 200 lbs. Al Smith, a standup goalie who likes to handle the puck and roam from his crease area. "The Bear" won the trophy for top netminder in the WHA in 1977-78 after already having played in three WHA all-star games. He had four 30+ win regular seasons (1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd in WHA wins those years), going 12-3 in the 1973 playoffs to win the championship. He is known to be physical and funny, useful intangibles.

Quote: aggressive player always helping teammates during a skirmish.

"Al Smith is many things to many people. To fans, he is the faceless security guard, patrolling that critical hockey area known as the net. To teammates, his jack-in-the-box sense of humor helps keep the club loose during the long hockey winter. For you just never know when the ebullient Smitty will spring a hilarious line or a well-timed practical joke on fellow Whalers. But to the total Whaler community, Al Smith is a brilliant goaltender. A third team WHA All-Star for two consecutive years, many astute hockey men felt Al was robbed when snubbed by Team Canada. He's that good."

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