Sid Smith (ice hockey)

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Sid Smith
Sid Smith 1950s.jpg
Smith in the 1950s
Born(1925-07-11)July 11, 1925
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 29, 2004(2004-04-29) (aged 78)
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Pittsburgh Hornets
NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 19461958

Sidney James Smith (July 11, 1925 – April 29, 2004) was a National Hockey League left winger who played with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 12 seasons. He was the Leafs team captain from 1955 to 1956.

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.

Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. They tend to be bigger than centreman and smaller than defenseman.

Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, commonly referred to as the Toronto Maple Leafs or simply the 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.

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Playing career

Born in Toronto, Ontario, and attended De La Salle College, Smith began his career in minor leagues in Toronto and later with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League. He attended Essex School and resided at 1 Burnfield Avenue in Seaton. [ citation needed ]

Ontario Province of Canada

Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.

De La Salle College (Toronto)

De La Salle College "Oaklands" is a private, independent co-educational Catholic school in Toronto, Ontario, offering instruction from grades 5 through 12. It is operated by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools as a university preparatory institution in the Roman Catholic tradition as founded in 1679 in Reims, France by Jean-Baptiste de la Salle.

Oshawa Generals ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League

The Oshawa Generals are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. They are based in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The team is named for General Motors, an early sponsor which has its Canadian headquarters in Oshawa. In November 2016, the General Motors Centre changed its name to Tribute Communities Centre. Its 184 graduates to the National Hockey League are second in the OHL. The Generals have won the Memorial Cup five times, as well as a record thirteen Ontario Hockey League Championships, the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

Having played 45 games in two championship seasons for the Maple Leafs, he spent most of the 1948–49 season in the AHL with the Pittsburgh Hornets before he was called back to Toronto. After playing just one regular season game Smith scored a hat-trick in Game 2 on the Stanley Cup finals to help Toronto to a four-games sweep of the Detroit Red Wings. Smith had six consecutive seasons with 20 or more goals, a distinction held by the great Gordie Howe. Smith retired in the 1957–1958 season and later became a player-coach with the Whitby Dunlops, a senior team in the Ontario Hockey Association in 1957. [1] Smith played 601 regular season games scoring 186 goals and 183 assists for 369 points. In 44 play-off games, he scored 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points. [ citation needed ]

Pittsburgh Hornets ice hockey team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Hornets were a minor-league professional men's ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Stanley Cup championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

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 of 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 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.

Awards and achievements

The 1948 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

The 1949 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs, the second straight final series between Detroit and Toronto. The Maple Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup and eighth in the history of the franchise.

The 1951 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs would win the series 4–1, with all five games going into overtime. It was the Toronto franchise's ninth Stanley Cup win and the last in a series of six wins starting in 1942. It was the first appearance in a string of ten consecutive appearances by the Canadiens.

Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1943–44 De La Salle College Big-10 Jr. B 9112294268
1944–45 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr.20107171830110
1944–45 Porcupine Combines M-Cup 22020
1945–46Toronto Staffords OHA-Sr. 139122121067130
1946–47 Quebec Aces QSHL 15125176
1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 142130
1947–48 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL31710171020000
1947–48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 3023174011
1948–49 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL1000065270
1948–49 Pittsburgh HornetsAHL6855571124
1949–50 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL68222345670332
1950–51 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70302151101173100
1951–52 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70273057640000
1952–53 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL702019396
1953–54 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL702216382851120
1954–55 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL703321541443140
1955–56 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5541721851010
1956–57 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL701724414
1957–58 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL122132
1957–58 Whitby Dunlops OHA-Sr.282419434
1958–59Whitby DunlopsOHA-Sr.51353570201074112
1958–59 Whitby Dunlops Al-Cup 12128208
NHL totals60118618336994441710272

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Preceded by
Ted Kennedy
Toronto Maple Leafs captain
1955–56
Succeeded by
Jimmy Thomson
Preceded by
Red Kelly
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1952
Succeeded by
Red Kelly
Preceded by
Red Kelly
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1955
Succeeded by
Earl Reibel