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Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Buffalo Sabres
Nationality CAN
Born May 16 1935 (1935-05-16) (age 74),
Perth, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1954 – 1972


Floyd Smith (born May 16, 1935 in Perth, Ontario) was a Canadian professional Centre who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres and who coached for 4 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs.


He played junior hockey for three seasons (1952-53 to 1954-55) with the Galt Black Hawks of the OHA and the Inkerman Rockets and Eastview-St Charles of the ODHA.

He turned pro as the property of the Boston Bruins in 1955 and was soon traded to the New York Rangers. However, most of his first seven pro seasons were spent in the minors.

Smith's big break came in 1962 when he was claimed by the Detroit Red Wings in the intra-league draft. He spent almost all of the next five seasons with the NHL team, with only limited time in the minors. He enjoyed his best season in 1965-66 with 21 goals and 28 assists. In the 1967-68 season , Smith was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Frank Mahovlich - Norm Ullman deal,

He spent two seasons with Toronto before being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft.

Smith retired in his second season (1971-72) with Buffalo. He coached the Sabres for one game that season and then became coach of their farm team, the Cincinatti Swords of the American Hockey League. Smith would return to coach the Sabres to the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals and would continue on for two more seasons.

He went on to become coach and then general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
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 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 (fired)
Preceded by
new creation
Buffalo Sabres captains
1970–71
Succeeded by
Gerry Meehan
Preceded by
Gord Stellick
General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1989-91
Succeeded by
Cliff Fletcher
Preceded by
Punch Imlach
Head Coaches of the Buffalo Sabres
1971-1972
Succeeded by
Joe Crozier
Preceded by
Joe Crozier
Head Coaches of the Buffalo Sabres
1974-1977
Succeeded by
Marcel Pronovost
Preceded by
Jerry Rafter
Head Coaches of the Cincinnati Stingers
1978-1979
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Roger Neilson
Head Coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1979-1980
Succeeded by
Dick Duff

External links

  • Floyd Smith's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coaches
ARENAS: D. Carroll • ST. PATS: Heffernan • Sproule • F. Carroll • O'Donoghue • Querrie • Powers • Rodden •
MAPLE LEAFS: Romeril • Smythe • Duncan • Irvin • Day • Primeau • Clancy • Meeker • Reay • Imlach • McLellan • Kelly • Neilson • Smith • Duff • Crozier • Nykoluk • Maloney • Brophy • Armstrong • Carpenter • Watt • Burns • Beverley • Murphy • Quinn • Maurice
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