|Barry Edward Smith
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 178 pounds
Born: 4.25.55 Surrey, British Columbia
Died: 9.7.2013 Blaine, Tennessee
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Boston Bruins, 9.14.79
How he left: Retired after the 80-81 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Smith had a brief chance with the Bruins to show what he can do on the NHL level. It didn't pan out there, as he
followed that chance with nearly 4 seasons in the AHL. Coming to Denver was what proved to be his last chance.
Don Cherry must have liked him that much to get this many chances.
He got a longer look on that level, if nothing else. He was indeed a third-to-fourth line player, like I originally had
speculated judging by his numbers, but not of the typical Cherry style. No, he was a hard-working, tenacious
checking type player, which made him an effective penalty killer.
... I didn't even notice how few penalty minutes he had, either. Stupid me.
After retirement, he took a year off before getting into coaching. He would be part of the Rochester junior team's staff
for 10 years. (Worded as such because they were the Jr. Americans until 1987, when they were renamed the Monarchs
when they switched leagues.) He moved up to the ECHL in 1992 when he became the Knoxville Cherokees' bench
He worked a season in the UHL (Adirondack IceHawks) before the Syracuse Crunch named him an assistant for the 99-
00 season. The AHL would be as high as he got; the following season he coached the San Antonio Outlaws of the
Western Professional Hockey League. That season would be his last.
He returned to Knoxville to run an inline hockey arena, and later a horse farm, after he retired as a coach.
He died of a heart attack in 2013.
|Entry Draft: 1975 Second Round Pick (32nd overall) by the