May 16, 1935 |
Perth, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Smith grew up in Galt, Ontario, playing junior hockey with the Galt Black Hawks. He made his National Hockey League debut for the Boston Bruins, playing 3 games with the team in 1955, but he was mostly mired in the minors during the early portion of his career. He played 23 games with Boston over the next two seasons, while serving as a significant contributor on the Hershey Bears club. Smith then spent five years with the New York Rangers organization, reaching the NHL for a 29-game stint in 1961. During this period, he was a dominant force with the Springfield Indians, scoring 82 points in 71 games in 1960.
In 1963, Smith finally earned a chance to become an NHL regular after being acquired by the Detroit Red Wings. He scored an NHL career-high 49 points during the 1965–66 season. At the 1968 trade deadline, he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres during the 1970 expansion draft and served as the team's first captain.
Smith became an assistant coach with the Sabres in 1972. The next year, he was hired as head coach of the team's top farm club, the AHL's Cincinnati Swords. He won a Calder Cup in the first of his two years with the team. In 1974, he became Buffalo's head coach, leading the team to a loss in the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. However, he was fired after; despite great[according to whom?] regular seasons, the team failed to perform in the postseason during the next two years. He also coached the World Hockey Association's Cincinnati Stingers for the 1976–77 season and was Toronto Maple Leafs coach for the first 68 games of 1979–80 until being injured in a car accident on March 14, 1980, rendering him unable to fulfill his duties as coach for the remainder of the season. He remained with the Leafs as a scout until being promoted to general manager, a position he held for the 1989–90 and 1990–91 seasons.
|1952–53||Galt Black Hawks||OHA-Jr.||6||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1964–55||Galt Black Hawks||OHA-Jr.||46||29||40||69||60||4||1||4||5||0|
|1960–61||New York Rangers||NHL||29||5||9||14||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1962–63||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||51||9||17||26||10||11||2||3||5||4|
|1963–64||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||52||18||13||31||22||14||4||3||7||4|
|1964–65||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||67||16||29||45||44||7||1||3||4||4|
|1965–66||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||66||21||28||49||20||12||5||2||7||4|
|1966–67||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||54||11||14||25||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1967–68||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||57||18||21||39||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1967–68||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||6||6||1||7||0||4||0||0||0||0|
|1968–69||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||64||15||19||34||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1969–70||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||4||14||18||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|BUF||1971–72||1||0||1||0||-||(51)||6th in East||Interim Head Coach|
|BUF||1974–75||80||49||16||15||-||113||1st in Adams||Lost in Stanley Cup Finals|
|BUF||1975–76||80||46||21||13||-||105||2nd in Adams||Lost in Second round|
|BUF||1976–77||80||48||24||8||-||104||2nd in Adams||Lost in Second round|
|CIN (WHA)||1978–79||80||33||41||6||-||72||6th in WHA||Lost in First round|
|TOR||1979–80||68||30||33||5||-||(75)||4th in Adams|
- National Hockey League Guide and Record Book 1974-75, pg. 239
- "Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Floyd Smith". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- "Floyd Smith NHL Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
- Biographical information and career statistics from The Internet Hockey Database
|Buffalo Sabres captain
|General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs
|Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
|Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
|Head coach of the Cincinnati Stingers
|Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs