Stanley "Stan" Smrke (September 2, 1928 – April 14, 1977) was a Canadian ice hockey forward.

Stan Smrke
Born (1928-09-02)September 2, 1928
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Died April 14, 1977(1977-04-14) (aged 48)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1947–1967


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.

After leaving the NHL, he was sent to the minor leagues and became a member of the Rochester Americans. He is currently ranked fifth all-time in the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

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.

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