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Ben Smith
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Born July 11, 1988 (1988-07-11) (age 31)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
DEL team
Former teams
Adler Mannheim
Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Avalanche
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 169th overall, 2008
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2010–present

Ben Smith (born Benjamin Alexander Smith on July 11, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing CareerEdit

Ben was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks (169th overall) in the 6th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Boston College.

On October 29, 2010 the Blackhawks recalled him from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs to make his NHL debut in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers.

On April 8, 2011, Ben scored his first NHL goal against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.

On April 15, 2011, he scored 2 goals against the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 loss in only his second NHL playoff game.

On April 24, 2011, during Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, Ben scored the overtime goal on a rebound against the Vancouver Canucks' goaltender, Roberto Luongo to force a Game 7 in Vancouver after the Canucks had previously been leading the series 3-0. The Blackhawks ended up losing Game 7 in overtime.

On June 17, 2013, Ben was called up to play his first Stanley Cup Finals game, a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

On June 24, 2013, he won the Stanley Cup when the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

On June 27, 2014, the Blackhawks signed Ben to a two-year contract extension, but on March 2, 2015, he was traded by the Blackhawks to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Andrew Desjardins.

Ben scored his first goal with the Sharks the same day in their shutout game against the Montreal Canadiens.

On February 27, 2016, Ben (along with Alex Stalock and a conditional 4th round pick in 2018) were traded by the Sharks to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for James Reimer & Jeremy Morin.

Despite putting up acceptable numbers with the Maple Leafs, Ben was placed on waivers by the team on March 30, 2016. He cleared the following day and was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

Despite being considered to be favourites to win the Calder Cup, the Marlies were eliminated in the third round of the playoffs, with Smith contributing nine points in their fifteen-game run.

On August 16, 2016, Ben signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche, worth $675,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level.

Having made the Avalanche opening night roster, he made his debut with Colorado to start the 2016–17 season in a 6–5 victory over the Dallas Stars on October 15, 2016.

Ben would play in four scoreless games for the Avalanche before being placed on waivers and being claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 24, 2016. He was claimed due to the depth he provided the team on the penalty kill, a position coach Mike Babcock praised him for during his stint the previous season in Toronto.

On May 2, 2017, Ben agreed to a one-year extension to remain with the Maple Leafs. In the 2017–18 season, he won the Calder Cup with the Toronto Marlies, serving as team captain.

On June 15, 2018, he signed with Adler Mannheim of the German DEL.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Boston College HE 42 10 8 18 10
2007–08 Boston College HE 44 25 25 50 12
2008–09 Boston College HE 37 6 11 17 6
2009–10 Boston College HE 42 16 21 37 8
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 3 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 63 19 12 31 16
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 1 0 1 0 7 3 0 3 0
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 0 2 0
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 15 16 31 10
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 54 27 20 47 13
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 14 12 26 2 19 4 2 6 2
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 5 4 9 2
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 19 2 3 5 0
2015–16 San Jose Sharks NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2015–16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 14 8 2 10 4
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 2 4 6 0
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 4 2 6 0 15 2 7 9 2
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 2 2 4 4
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 73 27 32 59 10 20 7 9 16 0
2018–19 Adler Mannheim DEL 52 11 24 35 6 14 7 7 14 2
NHL totals 237 29 25 54 8 27 7 2 9 2
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2015 Czech Republic

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 United States WC Template:Brca 10 2 0 2 0
Senior totals 10 2 0 2 0

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2015 Czech Republic

Ben represented the United States in the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic where the United States won third place behind Canada & Russia.

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
College
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2008, 2010
NCAA Men's Division I Championship (Boston College) 2008, 2010
AHL
Second All-Star Team 2018
Calder Cup (Toronto Marlies) 2018
NHL
Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks) 2013
DEL
Champion (Adler Mannheim) 2019

Personal LifeEdit

Ben was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and raised in Avon, Connecticut.

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