Billy Smith

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1950 Birth Born on December 12, 1950.


1970 19 Years Old Smith was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 5th round of the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft from the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL.


1971 20 Years Old He played two seasons with the Kings' minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League's Springfield Kings, and spent a brief stint with the big-league Kings after winning a Calder Cup for Springfield in 1971.
1972 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He was drafted in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft by the New York Islanders; he was the second player picked by the team.
1974 23 Years Old After sharing goaltending duties with Gerry Desjardins for two years, he got the starting job all to himself in 1974–75 when Desjardins bolted to the World Hockey Association. … Read More
1978 27 Years Old Smith played in the 1978 All-Star Game, where he was named MVP. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old Smith was also the first NHL goaltender to be credited with scoring a goal. On November 28, 1979, in a game between the Islanders and the Colorado Rockies, the Rockies' goaltender left the ice for an extra attacker after a delayed penalty call was called on the Islanders. … Read More
1980 29 Years Old This changed in the 1980 playoffs, when the Isles rode Smith's goaltending to their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups, firmly establishing Smith as the team's starting goaltender. … Read More


1982 31 Years Old Smith went on to become a First Team All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner in 1982.
1983 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, he won the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed (shared with Roland Melanson). … Read More
1985 34 Years Old Then in 1985, Smith led the Islanders to win 3 straight games after being down 0–2 to the Washington Capitals, the first time such a comeback occurred in the NHL. … Read More
1989 38 Years Old Smith retired in 1989; he was the last original Islander still on the team.


1993 42 Years Old The Islanders retired his #31 on February 20, 1993. … Read More
1998 47 Years Old In 1998, he was ranked number 80 on The Hockey News list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. … Read More
2000 49 Years Old After four years as the Islanders' goaltending coach, he followed longtime Islander general manager Bill Torrey to the expansion Florida Panthers in the same role, serving there until his retirement in 2000. … Read More
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