Tommy Smith (ice hockey)

Tommy Smith
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1973
Tommy Smith of the Pittsburgh Professionals in 1907.jpg
Tommy Smith in 1907 with the Pittsburgh Professionals
Born (1886-09-27)September 27, 1886
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died August 1, 1966(1966-08-01) (aged 79)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada[1]
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Professionals
Pittsburgh Lyceum
Pittsburgh Bankers
Ottawa Hockey Club
Brantford Indians
Galt Professionals
Moncton Victorias
Quebec Bulldogs
Toronto Shamrocks
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1905–1920

Thomas Joseph Smith (September 27, 1886 – August 1, 1966) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, who played from 1905 until 1920 for 16 teams in his career. He was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams, the Ottawa Silver Seven of 1906 and the Quebec Bulldogs of 1913. His two older brothers Alf and Harry Smith also played professional ice hockey.[2]

Playing career

Smith was born in Ottawa, Ontario, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith,[3] one of seven brothers who would play senior ice hockey.[2] Smith began playing senior hockey as an amateur with the Ottawa Emmetts from 1903 until 1905. He joined the Ottawa Victorias of the Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL) in 1905-06, and also played for the Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Hockey Club, aka the "Silver Seven" that same year, playing with his older brothers Alf and Harry.[4]

He moved to Pittsburgh to become a professional with the Pittsburgh Professionals in 1906, playing three seasons with the team before returning to Canada to join the Brantford Indians of the Ontario Professional Hockey League (OPHL). Smith played two seasons with Brantford, but missed much of the 1909–10 season with typhoid fever.[5] In 1910-11 he became a member of the Galt Professionals of the OPHL helping Galt win the OPHL championship. Along with most of the Galt team, he bolted to the Moncton Victorias the following season, helping Moncton win the Maritime championship. The Galt and Moncton teams Smith was a member of played consecutive Stanley Cup challenges, Galt against Ottawa in 1911 and Moncton against Quebec in 1912, both times unsuccessfully.

Smith joined the Quebec Bulldogs for the 1912–13 season, where he won the Stanley Cup at the end of the season.[6] After the 1913–14 season in Quebec, he was traded (twice) to Toronto Shamrocks. This caused a dispute with the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. At that time, the NHA and PCHA had an agreement whereby the PCHA teams could draft one player from three of the six teams of the NHA. He was traded away from Quebec, which was eligible to lose a player. He started play for Shamrocks, though he had been drafted by Victoria of the PCHA. It was found that the initial trade was not allowed, and Quebec re-traded him to Toronto during the season, disregarding the PCHA efforts to get him. During the 1914–15 season, he was traded back to Quebec, avoiding the PCHA draft again.

Much like his older brother Harry, Tommy Smith was a mercenary when it came to club loyalty, playing for a number of different teams both in Canada and in the United States. In December 1914, when he still had not reached terms with the Toronto Ontarios/Shamrocks franchise, he claimed the location where he played was secondary to the financial aspect of the game:

"There is a big margin between us, I'll play here or in Mexico if the money is strong enough. I don't care where I play. This story about my not wanting to play anywhere else but Ottawa is not correct."[7]

While skating for the Ottawa Victorias in 1906, Smith led the FAHL with 12 goals (including eight goals in a game against Brockville on February 23, 1906). In future years, he was the leading goal-scorer in the OPHL (1908–09), the MPHA (1910–11) and the NHA (1913–14, 1914–15).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1904–05 Ottawa Emmetts OCHL β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1905–06 Ottawa Victorias FAHL 8 12 0 12 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1905–06* Ottawa Senators ECAHA 3 6 0 6 12 1 0 0 0 9
1906–07 Pittsburgh Professionals IHL 23 31 13 44 47 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1907–08 Pittsburgh Lyceum WPHL 16 33 0 33 β€” 1 2 0 2 β€”
1908–09 Brantford Indians OPHL 13 40 0 40 30 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1908–09 Pittsburgh Lyceum WPHL 6 15 0 15 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1908–09 Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 7 3 1 4 14
1908–09 Haileybury Comets TPHL 1 3 0 3 2 2 3 0 3 0
1909–10 Brantford Indians OPHL 2 1 0 1 3 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1910–11 Galt Professionals OPHL 18 22 0 22 β€” 3 10 0 10 0
1910–11 Galt Professionals St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 1 1 0 1 β€”
1911–12 Moncton Victorias MPHL 71 27 25 52 14 9 4 3 7 2
1911–12 Moncton Victorias St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 2 2 0 2 3
1912–13 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 18 39 0 39 30 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1912–13* Quebec Bulldogs St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 2 4 0 4 0
1913–14 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 20 39 6 45 35 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1914–15 Toronto Shamrocks NHA 10 17 2 19 14 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1914–15 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 9 23 2 25 29 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1915–16 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 22 16 3 19 30 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1916–17 Montreal Canadiens NHA 14 7 4 11 32 2 2 0 2 11
1916–17 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 4 2 0 2 3
1917–18 Ottawa Transport OCHL β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1918–19 Glace Bay Miners CBSHL β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1919–20 Quebec Bulldogs NHL 10 0 1 1 11 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
NHL totals 93 141 17 158 170 2 2 0 2 11
NHL totals 10 0 1 1 11 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”

* Stanley Cup Champion.

Awards and achievements

Smith, sitting far left, with the 1912–13 Quebec Bulldogs and the Stanley Cup.

References

Notes

  1. ^ "Death Notices: Thomas J. Smith". Ottawa Citizen. August 2, 1966. p. 32.
  2. ^ a b "Smith Family Famous in the Hockey World". The Pittsburgh Press. March 6, 1907. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Death Notices: Harry Smith". Ottawa Citizen. May 6, 1953. p. 34.
  4. ^ Stanley Cup Annual Record 1906 (Feb) (nhl.com). Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  5. ^ "Badly scalded" Ottawa Citizen. Dec. 13, 1909 (pg. 3).
  6. ^ Stanley Cup Annual Record 1913 (nhl.com). Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  7. ^ "Tommie Smith is out with Ontario team". Ottawa Citizen. Dec 12, 1914. Retrieved 2020-10-24.

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