Harry Smith (ice hockey, born 1883)

Harry Smith
Harry Smith 1907.jpg
Harry Smith around 1907.
Born (1883-12-29)December 29, 1883
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died May 6, 1953(1953-05-06) (aged 69)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Halifax Crescents
Ottawa Senators
Toronto Tecumsehs
Waterloo Colts
Cobalt Silver Kings
Haileybury Comets
Montreal Wanderers
Toronto Pros
Pittsburgh Bankers
Winnipeg Maple Leafs[1]
Playing career 1905–1914

Henry James Smith (December 29, 1883 – May 6, 1953) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 98 games in various professional and amateur leagues, including the National Hockey Association and Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association. Among the teams he played with were the Cobalt Silver Kings, Toronto Tecumsehs, Ottawa Senators, and Montreal Wanderers. He was a member of the famous "Ottawa Silver Seven" from 1905–1907. His brothers Alf and Tommy also played ice hockey.[2]

Playing career

Harry Smith first played senior-level hockey with the Ottawa Aberdeens of the CAHL-Intermediate league in 1901. He played for Arnprior of the Upper Ottawa Valley Hockey League before joining Smiths Falls of the Southern Ontario Hockey Association. He played two seasons with Smiths Falls before returning home to play in Ottawa with the Ottawa Senators, already the Stanley Cup champion. He played two seasons with the Silver Seven with his brother Alf who was playing-coach. In the 1905–06 season, Alf, Harry and brother Tommy all played for the Silver Seven, occasionally playing together on one line.

Smith was known as a rough player. In 1907 Smith and teammates Alf Smith and Charles Spittal were charged with assault after beating Montreal Wanderers players Hod Stuart, Ernie "Moose" Johnson and Cecil Blachford with their sticks. Harry Smith was acquitted while Spittal and Alf Smith were each fined $20.[3] When Smith played in an exhibition game with the Winnipeg Maple Leafs against the Winnipeg Hockey Club on December 19, 1907 the Winnipeg Hockey Club players refused to carry on the contest after it had degenerated into a number of violent displays, the last of which involved blows between Harry Smith and Winnipeg Hockey Club defenseman Percy Browne.[4] He was subsequently expelled from the MHA along with Maple Leafs teammate Joe Hall.[5]

Smith was also known to have one of the better shots in the game during his era, which helped him scored many goals.[6]

He became a professional player in 1907–08 with the Pittsburgh Bankers of the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL). On February 15, 1908 he was involved in a riot with spectators in a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club at the Duquesne Gardens where he went into the stands swinging his stick after he had been hit on the ice by a chair thrown by a spectator.[7] In 1908–09 he was a 'for hire' player playing for the Bankers,[8] Toronto Pros (OPHL), Haileybury Comets (TPHL) and Montreal Wanderers (ECHA), where he was member of the Wanderers 1909 Stanley Cup challenge championship squad, although the team did not hold the Cup at the end of the season.

In December 1909, prior to the 1909–10 season, Smith was badly scalded on one if his legs by the bursting of a valve in a steam engine while working for his father Henry in Fort William. He was laid up in hospital for several days, and it was first thought that he would not be able to play any hockey during the season, but he did play later on for both the Cobalt Silver Kings and the Haileybury Comets in the National Hockey Association.[9]

He moved on to the Waterloo Colts of the OPHL in 1911, the Schreiber Colts in 1912, before returning to the NHA with the Toronto Tecumsehs. He returned to Ottawa in 1913–14, playing two games with the Ottawa Hockey Club (now known as the Senators) before ending his career with the Halifax Crescents of the Maritime Professional Hockey League (MPHL).

He died at Ottawa in 1953.[6]

Statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1902–03 Ottawa Aberdeens CAHL-I – – – – – 2 2 0 2 –
1903–04 Arnprior HC UOVHL 6 23 0 23 – – – – – –
1904–05 Cornwall HC FAHL 1 0 0 0 – – – – – –
Smiths Falls HC OHA 3 8 0 8 12 2 5 0 5 7
Smiths Falls HC Prov. Playoffs – – – – – 4 5 0 5 25
1905–06 Ottawa Senators ECAHA 8 31 1 32 29 – – – – –
Stanley Cup – – – – – 5 15 0 15 21
1906–07 Ottawa Senators ECAHA 9 22 3 25 56 – – – – –
Exh. 1 4 – 4 – – – – – –
1907–08 Winnipeg Maple Leafs Exh. 3 6 – 6 – – – – – –
1907–08 Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL 16 44 – 44 – – – – – –
World Pro – – – – – 3 4 – 4 –
1908–09 Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL 7 14 0 14 – – – – – –
Montreal Canadian Rubber MMfHL 1 1 0 1 8 – – – – –
Haileybury Hockey Club TPHL 8 27 0 27 12 2 2 0 2 15
Toronto Professionals OPHL 2 0 0 0 0 – – – – –
Montreal Wanderers ECHA 4 9 2 11 29 – – – – –
Montreal Wanderers Stanley Cup – – – – – 2 5 0 5 3
1910 Cobalt Silver Kings NHA 10 28 0 28 26 – – – – –
Haileybury Hockey Club NHA 3 4 0 4 0 – – – – –
1910–11 Waterloo Colts OPHL 13 20 0 20 – – – – – –
Cobalt Silver Kings TPHL 1 1 0 1 0 – – – – –
1911–12 Schreiber Colts NOHL 13 32 0 32 30 – – – – –
1912–13 Toronto Tecumsehs NHA 15 14 2 16 40 – – – – –
1913–14 Ottawa Senators NHA 3 1 0 1 7 – – – – –
ECAHA/ECHA totals 21 62 6 68 114 – – – – –
WPHL totals 23 58 0 58 – – – – – –
NHA totals 31 47 2 49 73 – – – – –
Stanley Cup totals – – – – – 7 20 0 20 24

Statistics per Society for International Hockey Research at sihrhockey.org

References

Bibliography

  • Chi-Kit Wong, John (2009). Coast to Coast: Hockey in Canada to the Second World War. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0802095329.

Notes

  1. ^ "Ottawa players pitted against each other in Manitoba" Ottawa Citizen. Dec. 7, 1907 (pg. 7).
  2. ^ "Smith Family Famous in the Hockey World" The Pittsburgh Press, March 6, 1907.
  3. ^ Chi-Kit Wong 2009, pp. 160–161
  4. ^ "Disgraceful exhibition" Winnipeg Tribune. Dec. 20, 1907 (pg. 6).
  5. ^ "Maple Leaf club excluded – Harry Smith and Joe Hall expelled from the league" Montreal Gazette. Dec. 23, 1907 (pg. 12). Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  6. ^ a b "The Sport Realm" – "One of hockey's greatest shots" Westwick, Bill. Ottawa Journal. May 7, 1953 (pg. 22).
  7. ^ "Ottawa players in riot" Ottawa Citizen. Feb. 17, 1908 (pg. 8).
  8. ^ "Bankers hockey team" Pittsburg Press. Nov 29, 1908, Sporting Section (pg. 6).
  9. ^ "Badly scalded" Ottawa Citizen. Dec. 13, 1909 (pg. 3).

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