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Floyd Smith
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
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 Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 16 1935 (1935-05-16) (age 81),
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 Cincinnati 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 recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
BUF1971–72 1010-(51)6th in EastInterim Head Coach
BUF1974–75 80491615-1131st in AdamsLost in Stanley Cup Finals
BUF1975–76 80462113-1052nd in AdamsLost in Second Round
BUF1976–77 8048248-1042nd in AdamsLost in Second Round
CIN1978–79 8033416-726th in WHALost in First Round
TOR1979–80 6830335-(75)4th in Adams(fired)
Preceded by
new creation
Buffalo Sabres captains
Succeeded by
Gerry Meehan
Preceded by
Gord Stellick
General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Cliff Fletcher
Preceded by
Punch Imlach
Head Coaches of the Buffalo Sabres
Succeeded by
Joe Crozier
Preceded by
Joe Crozier
Head Coaches of the Buffalo Sabres
Succeeded by
Marcel Pronovost
Preceded by
Jerry Rafter
Head Coaches of the Cincinnati Stingers
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Roger Neilson
Head Coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Dick Duff

External linksEdit

Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coaches
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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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