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Normie Smith

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Position  Goaltender
Role  Ice hockey goaltender
Career end  1945
Name  Normie Smith
Career start  1931
Playing career  1931–1945
Weight  75 kg
Caught  Left
Height  1.7 m

Normie Smith Detroit Red Wings goaltending history Normie Smith

Born  March 18, 1908 Toronto, ON, CAN (1908-03-18)
Played for  Detroit Red Wings Montreal Maroons
Died  February 2, 1988, Stuart, Florida, United States
Similar People  Georges Vezina, Henrik Zetterberg, Jeff Blashill

1936 Sees Wings Rise to the Top

Norman Eugene Smith (March 18, 1908 – February 2, 1988) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Maroons and the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.


Rookie career

Smith enjoyed much success in his rookie years with the Montreal Maroons. He was playing his 20th game for the Maroons in 1930-31 when Howie Morenz was sent flying into the Maroons net and knocked off Smith, who was so badly injured that he was out for the rest of the season. Smith spent the next 2 seasons in the minors working on his rebound-control and all-around game. It was there in the minors that Smith started wearing his distinctive cap to stop the glare of the overhead lights from blinding him.

NHL career

In 1934, Smith was signed by the Detroit Red Wings. There, Smith played one of the most remarkable games ever in NHL history. He shut-out the Montreal Maroons in the NHL's longest game where he apparently lost 12 pounds of body weight during the 176-minute, 30-second affair on the way to a Stanley Cup championship in 1935-36. His 92 saves in that same game are also a NHL record. Smith helped Detroit repeat as Stanley Cup Champions in 1936-37 and won the Vezina Trophy that same year. After suffering an arm injury, he slumped in 1937-38 and the Red Wings finished last. During a game in 1938-39, he didn't show up, causing a rift with coach Jack Adams. He was then traded to Boston along with $15,000.00 U.S. cash on November 16, 1938 for Tiny Thompson, where there was no way he would beat out Frank Brimsek, and he was sent to the minors. Normie Smith retired rather than report to the minor leagues. He returned to play briefly with the Red Wings when World War II left a vacuum of players in the NHL.

Awards and achievements

  • Vezina Trophy (1937).
  • NHL First All-Star Team goalie (1937).
  • Stanley Cup Championship (1936, 1937).
  • Holds NHL record for most saves in a game (92).
  • References

    Normie Smith Wikipedia

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