Billy Smith
Billy Smith
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County sets June deadlines for Astrodome proposals
Houston Chronicle - almost 4 years
From left to right: Judge Ed Emmett, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Super Bowl bid chairman Ric Campo speak during Wednesday’s Houston Super Bowl news conference. (Billy Smith II/Chronicle) There was a little bit of a punchy moment during this morning’s press conference in downtown Houston to discuss the city’s winning bid for Super Bowl LI in 2017. As a reporter asked a question about the fate of the Astrodome, Houston Mayor Annise Parker playfully distanced herself from the podium, before returning to it. Then Harris County Judge Ed Emmett insisted the fate of the Astrodome was not connected to Houston receiving the Super Bowl. “The Super Bowl was awarded based on a bid that had nothing to do with the Astrodome,” Emmett said. Houston Super Bowl Bid Committee Chair Ric Campo said when pressed he would say Houston had a Super Bowl in 2004 with the Astrodome standing and it won’t be a problem again. “Something needs to happen with it and they believe fundamentally that the ...
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Labor Day Festival Hoop Heroics - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
He was sitting with Billy Smith and William Valentine, all basketball coaches for the Greenbelt Boys and Girls Club. Isha had to remind him that he wasn't in his coaching role at the tournament as he yelled out tips to their son, but she couldn't
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New York Yankees' Jesus Montero Puts on a Show - Yankees 101
Google News - over 5 years
Jesus Montero seemed like he was bored with minor league competition. After being called up recently he has shown that he is more than up to the challenge of facing MLB caliber pitching. The sample size is small, but he is making quite
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Bumbling robbers add excitement to town's history - Pueblo Chieftain
Google News - over 5 years
Firing two shots in the direction of a cashier who was slow to obey their orders, the gang — later identified as Charles Jones, George Harris and Billy Smith (aka “The Kid”) — stuffed the contents of a cash drawer into an old sugar sack and attempted
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Locals Moffitt, Smith land Manx GP wins - crash.net
Google News - over 5 years
Dave Moffitt and Billy Smith take wins in the Supertwins and Lightweight categories on the 2011 Manx Grand Prix. Local knowledge paid dividends in very difficult conditions during the Manx Radio sponsored races for 650/250cc machines and the 125/400cc
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Billy Crickets closes over lease issue - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
The popular Lancaster restaurant Billy Crickets closed Sunday after what the restaurant's owner Billy Smith said were years of failed negotiations for a new lease with the building's owners. / Matthew Berry/ Eagle-Gazette LANCASTER -- Local restaurant
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Yucca plant draws attention - Times Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Billy Smith looks up at his yucca plant that stands 11 feet tall in the front yard of his Smith Lane home in Spring Valley. “It was just on a piece of wood in the ditch. It might have been 2 inches tall,” Smith said. “It was just on a piece of wood in
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What to do Mr. Smith - Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Twins General Manager, Billy Smith, has some fans out there and I can see why because he has done some things to try and help especially at the July trade deadline in the past when the Twins had a chance to win or improve
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Jamie MacDonald, left, Billy Smith and Ernie Farrell of the Charlottetown ... - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
All the rain in Charlottetown these past few months hasn't kept the paving crews inside. As of Tuesday, 75 per cent of the streets the city intended to lay asphalt on this year are done. Public works reports that it is on schedule to come in under
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Islanders' Arena Iced by Voters - TheStreet.com
Google News - over 5 years
The Islanders won the NHL Stanley Cup four times in a row, from 1980 to 1983, led by the likes of Dennis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Bobby Nystrom and Billy Smith. Now there is talk that the team could relocate, and owner Charles Wang has hinted at such;
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Outlaw Harry Tracy visits the Big Bend Country - Columbia Basin Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Then Jimmy Smith wanted to get out, so he sold his interest to his brother, Billy Smith. So Bill and McCann were partners for a long time. Finally Bill got out and McCann was alone for a while. After McCann died, Mrs. McCann operated the store for a
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Gritty Morecambe have cutting Edge - Lakeland Today
Google News - over 5 years
A patient opening stand of 51 between captain Mark Woodhead and Josh Dixon saw off testing spells of left arm seam bowling from Billy Smith and Kieran McCullagh. Both batsmen knuckled down knowing wickets in hand would be crucial on a drying,
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Green eggs and hamburgers: The cult of a grill - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Billy Smith cooks on his Big Green Egg, a ceramic grill, during a Big Green Egg supper club dinner at his home in Decatur, Ga. The Big Green Egg is a great unit an I highly recommend one. However if you want to... (July 14, 2011, by Iron Chariot) Read
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Couple recognized for Century Farms - Mount Airy News
Google News - over 5 years
Vilena and Billy Smith stand by a sign designating their farms as Century Farms. Vilena and Billy Smith stand with Teresa Smith of the Register of Deeds office, left, and Register of Deeds Carolyn Comer, right, after receiving a sign designating their
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Smith
    THIRTIES
  • 2000
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had spent 30 years at ice level in the NHL, the last 27 of them alongside Torrey with the Islanders (1973-1992) and the Panthers (1992-2000).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In 1998, he was ranked number 80 on The Hockey News list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
    More Details Hide Details He was nicknamed "Battlin' Billy" or "Hatchet Man" for his fiery temper and unabashed use of the stick or blocker on players crowding his crease. Smith was also noted for his displays of feigned injuries that would often lead to penalties against opponents, for whom he carried an undisguised enmity. For instance, in Game Four of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals, Smith's dive resulted in referee Andy Van Hellemond handing a five-minute penalty to Glenn Anderson of the Edmonton Oilers. Van Hellemond said that this was "making a bit of a fool of me", and when he officiated Game One of the 1984 Finals, a rematch of the Islanders and Oilers, he called no penalty when Smith and Anderson collided. Smith refused to participate in the traditional handshakes between teams at the end of a playoff series, as to not feel any worse after a loss than he already did, being very passionate about games that put the ranking of their team on the line.
  • 1993
    The Islanders retired his #31 on February 20, 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the only goalie inducted in the Hall in the 1990s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Smith retired in 1989; he was the last original Islander still on the team.
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  • 1985
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Smith's playoff success feeds into his reputation as the supreme "money" goalie (or "clutch" goaltender) of his era, the person you would want in net with the season on the line. Teammates and observers have said that Smith seemed able to sense when he needed to be perfect to win and when he could give up five goals and still come away with the victory.
  • 1983
    His single most famous game may be his 2–0 victory in the first game of the 1983 Stanley Cup finals against the Edmonton Oilers, shutting out the likes of Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey.
    More Details Hide Details The Islanders went on to sweep the Oilers in 4 games, with Smith allowing the Oilers only 6 goals and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs. A year later, Smith broke the record for the most Playoff victories: he led all goaltenders in playoff victories in total and in every individual year between 1980 and 1984.
    In 1983, he won the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed (shared with Roland Melanson).
    More Details Hide Details He was chosen to play for Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup, but was unable to play due to an injury sustained in a pre-tournament game. Smith's regular season success, however, was surpassed by his performances in the playoffs, as he helped the Islanders win four straight Stanley Cups (1980–83), reach the finals five straight times (1980–84), and win a record 19 consecutive playoff series from 1980–84.
  • 1982
    Smith went on to become a First Team All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner in 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Resch was dealt to the Colorado Rockies the following season.
  • 1979
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The puck deflected off the chest protector of the Islanders' Smith into the corner. Colorado rookie Rob Ramage picked up the puck and accidentally made a blind pass from the corner boards in the opposing zone to the blue line. Nobody was there to receive the pass, and so the puck sailed all the way down the length of the ice and into the Colorado net. Smith had been the last Islander to touch the puck, and was credited with a goal.
  • 1978
    Smith played in the 1978 All-Star Game, where he was named MVP.
    More Details Hide Details For the rest of the decade, he shared time in the Islanders net with Glenn Resch, where they combined to form perhaps the top goaltending duo in the NHL at the time.
  • 1974
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That season, he led the Islanders to their first playoff appearance.
  • 1972
    He made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings on February 12, 1972, at the Montreal Forum. L.A. lost the game 6-5.
    More Details Hide Details Smith faced 48 shots that afternoon, yielding the winning goal to Guy Lafleur with 22 seconds remaining in the game.
    He was drafted in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft by the New York Islanders; he was the second player picked by the team.
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  • 1971
    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.
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  • 1970
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1950
    Born on December 12, 1950.
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