Floyd Smith

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Floyd Smith
Born (1935-05-16) May 16, 1935 (age 83)
Perth, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 19541972

Floyd Robert Donald Smith [1] (born May 16, 1935, in Perth, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and coach.

Perth, Ontario Town in Ontario, Canada

Perth is a town in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the Tay River, 83 kilometres (52 mi) southwest of Ottawa, and is the seat of Lanark County.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Centre (ice hockey) ice hockey position

The centre in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. Centres have more flexibility in their positioning and are expected to cover more ice surface than any other player. Centres are ideally stronger, faster skaters who can back-check quickly from deep in the opposing zone. Generally, centres are expected to be gifted passers more than goal scorers, although there are exceptions. They are also expected to have exceptional "ice vision", intelligence, and creativity. They also generally are the most defensively oriented forwards on the ice. Centres usually play as part of a line of players that are substituted frequently to keep fresh and keep the game moving. First-liners are usually the top players, although some top players make the second line to allow for offensive scoring opportunities.



Smith grew up in Galt, Ontario, playing junior hockey with the Galt Black Hawks. He made his National Hockey League debut for the Boston Bruins, playing 3 games with the team in 1955, but he was mostly mired in the minors during the early portion of his career. He played 23 games with Boston over the next two seasons, while serving as a significant contributor[ citation needed ] on the Hershey Bears club. Smith then spent five years with the New York Rangers organization, reaching the NHL for a 29-game stint in 1961. During this period, he was a dominant force with the Springfield Indians, scoring 82 points in 71 games in 1960. [2]

Galt is a community in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario on the Grand River. Prior to 1973 it was an independent city, incorporated in 1915, but amalgamation with the town of Hespeler, Ontario, the town of Preston, Ontario and the village of Blair formed the new municipality of Cambridge. Parts of the surrounding townships were also included. The first mayor of Cambridge was Claudette Millar.

Galt Black Hawks

The Galt Black Hawks were a junior ice hockey team based in Galt, Ontario, now a part of the city of Cambridge. They played in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1949 to 1955 and were operated as an affiliate of the Chicago Black Hawks. Their home arena was the Galt Arena Gardens.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

In 1963, Smith finally earned a chance to become an NHL regular after being acquired by the Detroit Red Wings. He scored an NHL career-high 49 points during the 1965–66 season. At the 1968 trade deadline, he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres during the 1970 expansion draft and served as the team's first captain. [3]

Detroit Red Wings hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit Cougars from then until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Detroit Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings.

Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.

Buffalo Sabres hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at KeyBank Center since 1996. Prior to that, the Buffalo Sabres played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970. The Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011.

Smith became an assistant coach with the Sabres in 1972. The next year, he was hired as head coach of the team's top farm club, the AHL's Cincinnati Swords. He won a Calder Cup in the first of his two years with the team. In 1974, he became Buffalo's head coach, leading the team to a loss in the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. However, he was fired after; despite great[ according to whom? ] regular seasons, the team failed to perform in the postseason during the next two years. He also coached the World Hockey Association's Cincinnati Stingers for the 1976–77 season and was Toronto Maple Leafs coach for the first 68 games of 1979–80 until being injured in a car accident on March 14, 1980, rendering him unable to fulfill his duties as coach for the remainder of the season. He remained with the Leafs as a scout until being promoted to general manager, a position he held for the 1989–90 and 1990–91 seasons.

Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1952–53 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 60110
1953–54 Ottawa Eastviews M-Cup 1289170
1954–55 Boston Bruins NHL 31010
1964–55 Galt Black HawksOHA-Jr.462940696041450
1955–56 Hershey Bears AHL 4910192931
1956–57 Boston BruinsNHL230006
1956–57 Hershey BearsAHL411225373260118
1957–58 Springfield Indians AHL702550756013211134
1958–59 Springfield IndiansAHL6825325734
1959–60 Springfield IndiansAHL71315182261015610
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL2959140
1960–61 Springfield IndiansAHL4019274626
1961–62 Springfield IndiansAHL6941367719110442
1962–63 Detroit Red Wings NHL519172610112354
1962–63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL1687156
1963–64 Detroit Red WingsNHL5218133122144374
1963–64 Pittsburgh HornetsAHL2114173114
1964–65 Detroit Red WingsNHL671629454471344
1965–66 Detroit Red WingsNHL6621284920125274
1966–67 Detroit Red WingsNHL541114258
1966–67 Pittsburgh HornetsAHL13591410
1967–68 Detroit Red WingsNHL5718213914
1967–68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL6617040000
1968–69 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6415193422
1969–70 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL614141813
1970–71 Buffalo Sabres NHL776111746
1971–72 Buffalo SabresNHL60112
NHL totals6161291783072074812112316
AHL totals458190273463258403212424

Coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
BUF 1971–72 1010-(51)6th in EastInterim Head Coach
BUF 1974–75 80491615-1131st in AdamsLost in Stanley Cup Finals
BUF 1975–76 80462113-1052nd in AdamsLost in Second round
BUF 1976–77 8048248-1042nd in AdamsLost in Second round
CIN (WHA) 1978–79 8033416-726th in WHALost in First round
TOR 1979–80 6830335-(75)4th in Adams
NHL Total3091739441

Related Research Articles


  1. National Hockey League Guide and Record Book 1974-75, pg. 239
  2. "Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Floyd Smith" . Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  3. "Floyd Smith NHL Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com" . Retrieved September 24, 2016.
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Position created
Buffalo Sabres captain
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Gerry Meehan
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Gord Stellick
General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Cliff Fletcher
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Punch Imlach
Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
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Joe Crozier
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Joe Crozier
Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
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Marcel Pronovost
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Jerry Rafter
Head coach of the Cincinnati Stingers
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Roger Neilson
Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Dick Duff