Clint Smith


  • NHL: 1936-47; 11 seasons, 10 quality
  • 161G (25th All Time at his retirement), 236A (7th) for 397P (15th) in 483 games; 34.5 PS
  • At his retirement, Smith was 6th All Time in APG and 12th in PPG[1. Minimum 300 games]
  • Era: Smith is 5th in Goals and GPG, 4th in Assists, APG, PPG and Games, 3rd in Points, 6th in OPS and 7th in PS[2. Of the 9 players to play in at least 450 games between 1936 and 1947]
  • 82-game average: 27G, 40A for 67P
  • 3-year peak (1943-46): 50-game average of 24G, 35A for 59P
  • Playoffs: 10G, 1A for 24P in 42 games
  • Adjusted: 204G, 346A for 550P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 35G, 59A for 93P
  • Never traded.


  • Lady Byng (’39, ’44)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player[3. By Offensive Point Shares] twice (’39, ’46)
  • Scored 25 goals once, 20 goals four times[4. 1 of only 22 players to do so at his retirement]
  • Tallied 40 assists once[5. 1 of only 11 players at his retirement]
  • Scored 70 points once,[6. 1 of only 11 payers to do so at his retirement] 50 points thrice[7. 1 of only 11 players at his retirement]
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 twice
  • Set the single season record for assists,[7. But his record was beaten the next season] led the league in Assists once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in APG once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in Points four times, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in PPG twice, Top 10 five.

Great Teams

  • Best Player[8. By points] on one Final Four (’46 Black Hawks), Top 3 Forward[9. By points] on one Runner Up (’44 Black Hawks) and one Final Four (’39 Rangers), Top 9 Forward[10. By points] on one Champion (’40 Rangers), Role Player[11. By points] on one Final Four (’42 Rangers).


I think you could make a pretty compelling case that, despite setting the single season record in assists as the league increased its schedule, Smith was never particularly dominant.

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