Brendan Smith (ice hockey)
Brendan Smith (born February 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing under contract to the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Smith was drafted 27th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and was previously a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
Smith with the Detroit Red Wings in 2013
February 8, 1989|
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Detroit Red Wings
27th overall, 2007|
Detroit Red Wings
Prior to the 2007 Draft, Smith was a member of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League's St. Michael's Buzzers. In 2007, he finished his second season with St. Michael's leading all defencemen in points with 36. Smith was selected to participate in the CJAHL All-Star Game in 2006. Smith played for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge 2006, helping his team win silver. Smith played three seasons for the University of Wisconsin–Madison before he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Detroit Red Wings, on May 27, 2010. Smith made his NHL debut on November 17, 2011 against the San Jose Sharks. Smith was called up on February 27, 2012, to replace Mike Commodore, who had been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the same day. He scored his first NHL goal against Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild at the Joe Louis Arena on March 2, 2012.
Smith appeared in 34 games for Detroit during the lock-out shortened 2012–13 NHL season. He would score his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal on May 6, 2013 during game four of Detroit's Western Conference Quarter-Finals Series against the Anaheim Ducks.
During the final year of his contract and approaching free agency in the 2016–17 season, Smith was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on February 28, 2017. Smith provided a stability to the Rangers blueline to finish the season with 4 points in 18 games.
On June 29, 2017, Smith agreed to forfeit his impending free agent status in signing to a four-year, $17.4 million contract to remain with the Rangers. On February 8, 2018, the Rangers placed Smith on waivers, and then assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Shortly after arriving in Hartford, Smith broke his hand in a fight with teammate Vinni Lettieri during a practice, ending his season.
Smith grew up in the Mimico neighbourhood of Etobicoke, Ontario with his parents Deidre and Lester and his two brothers, Rory and Reilly. The three all played minor hockey in Mimico with the Faustina Sports Club, then all played for the St. Michael's Buzzers minor juniors. He faced his brother Reilly in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs when his Red Wings faced Reilly's Boston Bruins.
Smith and his wife Samantha gave birth to their first child, a son, in June 2018.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2005–06||St. Michael's Buzzers||OPJHL||39||5||21||26||55||17||1||5||6||44|
|2006–07||St. Michael's Buzzers||OPJHL||39||12||24||36||90||7||2||7||9||10|
|2010–11||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||63||12||20||32||124||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||57||10||24||34||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||14||1||6||7||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||32||5||15||20||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||34||0||8||8||36||14||2||3||5||10|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||71||5||14||19||68||5||0||0||0||8|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||76||4||9||13||68||5||0||0||0||6|
|2015–16||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||3||12||15||62||3||0||1||1||0|
|2016–17||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||33||2||3||5||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||New York Rangers||NHL||18||1||3||4||29||12||0||4||4||20|
|2017–18||New York Rangers||NHL||44||1||7||8||69||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||11||0||2||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||New York Rangers||NHL||63||4||9||13||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing Canada East|
|World Junior A Challenge|
Awards and honoursEdit
|All-WCHA First Team||2009–10|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2009–10|||
|NCAA All-Tournament Team||2010|||
- USCHO Staff (March 18, 2010). "Denver, Wisconsin Each Have Two on Hobey Top 10". USCHO.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
- Malik, George (June 23, 2007). "Wings pick Brendan Smith 27th overall (updated)". mlive.com. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- "Brendan Smith's first NHL goal". NHL.com. March 3, 2012. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- "Smith, Red Wings reach new deal". Detroit Red Wings. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- DiFilippo, Alex (June 30, 2015). "Red Wings re-sign defenseman Brendan Smith to two-year deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- "Rangers Acquire Defenseman Brendan Smith". NHL.com. February 28, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
- "Rangers agree to terms with Brendan Smith". New York Rangers. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
- Calamia, Matt (February 8, 2018). "Rangers Waive Brendan Smith, Recall Neal Pionk". NHL.com. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
- "Rangers Assign Brendan Smith to Hartford". NHL.com. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
- Castro, Tom (March 23, 2018). "Rangers Options With Smith Aren't Good". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- Nelson, Norm (January 20, 2013). "All three Etobicoke Smith brothers make the big leagues". Etobicoke Guardian. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- "Toronto brothers Brendan and Reilly Smith meet in playoffs for first time". NHL.com. April 17, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- "Brendan Smith enjoying spring as a proud brother and new father". NHL.com. June 13, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- "Denver put 3 on All-America Team". Collegehockeynews.com. April 9, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 19, 2013.