September 2, 1928|
April 14, 1977 (aged 48)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens|
Smrke started his National Hockey League career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1956. He was the first Yugoslavian-born player ever to play in the NHL. Smrke played his entire NHL career (9 games) with the Habs. Over his career, he scored a total of three assists before being dropped by the team. His final season in the NHL was the 1957–58 season.
He was born as Stanko Smrke in Belgrade in what was then the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes to a Slovene father and a Serb mother. His son, John Smrke, was also a hockey player and played 103 games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and Quebec Nordiques.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Stan Smrke at Find a Grave
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