Don Smith

Donald Smith was a steady all-around hockey player. He started with Cornwall in 1905 and played with them for three years. Don spent a year in the MHL and one in the OPHL before joining the Shamrocks in the NHA.

Smith skated with Renfrew only for the 1911-12 season, centering a line with Odie Cleghorn and Bobby Rowe. Don was noted for being a clean player, leaving the rough stuff to his teammates. He preferred to concentrate on scoring the goals.

1911-12 was Smith's best season. He finished third on the scoring list with 28 goals in 16 games. At the end of the season Renfrew dropped from the league and Don headed for the west coast, suiting up with Victoria.

Don returned to the NHA and the Montreal Canadiens in 1913. There he remained except for one season with the Wanderers. After returning from duty in WWI, Smith rejoined the Habs, this time in the National Hockey League, and played in 12 games, scoring 1 goal.

Smith retired after that one NHL season in 1921. Well liked by the fans for his hockey skill, Don was never fortunate enough to play on a Stanley Cup winner.


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