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Mike Smith
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Born March 22, 1982 (1982-03-22) (age 37)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 161st overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2002–present

Mike Smith (born on March 22, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He has previously played for the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike is the eleventh goaltender in NHL history to score a goal which he did in the 2013–14 NHL season against the Detroit Red Wings in Phoenix.

On January 7th, 2014, Mike was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Hockey CareerEdit

Mike began his hockey career in 1999 playing for his hometown Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.

That season, he played 15 games while backing up future NHL player Andrew Raycroft (who is currently with IF Björklöven).

After the start of the 2000–2001 season, Mike moved to Sudbury Wolves where he played 43 games registering a 2.52 GAA and 0.913 save percentage in the regular season.

The Wolves made it to the second round of the playoffs that year with Mike in the net.

Dallas StarsEdit

In 2001, Mike was drafted by Dallas in the fifth round, 161st overall, and continued to play in Sudbury, again taking the Wolves into the post-season. Their playoff run ended in five games as the Barrie Colts won the series 4-1.

The subsequent season saw Mike's departure from the junior leagues when he split the season between Lexington of the ECHL and Utah of the AHL.

On October 26, 2002, he made his professional debut against the Dayton Bombers, scoring a statistically unlikely goal during a shutout in his first win, scoring on an empty net at 19:04 in the third period.

Mike is the youngest goaltender ever to score in a professional game, doing so at 20 years old.

Mike only played in 11 games in Utah backing up Jason Bacashihua and Corey Hirsch.

For 2003–2004, Utah added Dan Ellis to their roster with whom Mike split back up duties, again to Bacashihua.

He went to play for the Houston Aeros in 2004–2005 sharing the net almost equally with Josh Harding, putting up a 0.915 save percentage and 2.42 GAA.

Mike joined the Iowa Stars for their inaugural season in 2005–2006. The Stars played him and Dan Ellis back and forth for much of the season until Mike appeared to take much of the netminding responsibilities late in the season.

A Stars rally in the stretch secured the final Western Conference playoff spot. Mike started in every game of the seven-game series against the Milwaukee Admirals which Milwaukee ultimately won.

Mike underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season for an injury he sustained during Iowa's 2005–2006 season.

After a faster-than-expected recovery, he attended the Dallas Stars' training camp in the fall of 2006 and was awarded the backup goaltender position behind Marty Turco.

In his first-ever regulation NHL game on October 21, 2006, Smith stopped 22 shots to post a shutout against the Phoenix Coyotes.

On January 4, 2007, Mike was hit in the mask by a 100 mph slapshot, causing him to miss a few weeks with a concussion, but he came back strong, winning two games in which Turco was pulled. Then he registered a 32 save shutout vs the Ducks on February 10, 2007.

Mike also started the year living with Marty Turco's family, however, he eventually moved out and then signed a two-year, $950,000 a year contract with the Stars.

On June 14, 2007, Mike was named to the 2006–07 NHL All-Rookie Team.

Tampa Bay LightningEdit

On February 26, 2008, Mike was traded with Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern and a 4th round draft pick in 2009 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist.

He made his Lightning debut the following night against the Minnesota Wild, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 loss.

On March 15, 2008, Mike recorded a 3-0 shutout victory over the New York Rangers. He became only the third rookie goaltender in National Hockey League history to record a shutout for two different teams in the same season and the first to do so in 79 years.

Mike recorded 14 wins for the Lightning during the 2008-09 season before suffering a concussion that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season.

On February 2, 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on waivers. Mike cleared waivers the next day and was assigned to the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

Mike returned to Tampa Bay later in the season and backing up Dwayne Roloson during the Lightning 2011 post-season run, made his playoff debut in place of Roloson in the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins.

Phoenix CoyotesEdit

On July 1, 2011, Mike signed a two-year contract worth $2 million with the Phoenix Coyotes.

He set the NHL record for the most saves in a regulation shutout victory as he stopped all 54 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2012.

He went on to record an impressive 38 wins in his first season in Phoenix as the Coyotes qualified for their third consecutive playoff berth and finished fifth in voting for the Vezina trophy.

In the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Mike led the Coyotes to their first playoff series win since 1987, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in the series.

He and the Coyotes went on to defeat the Nashville Predators in the Western conference semi-finals, winning the series 4-1.

The Coyotes then faced the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals, losing the series 4 games to 1.

Mike posted a superb 1.99 GAA and a .944 save percentage, some of the best numbers for starting goaltenders in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On July 5, 2013, he signed a 6-year deal worth $34 million with the Phoenix Coyotes.

On October 19, 2013, Mike became the seventh NHL goalie to score a goal with a shot on goal (four other goaltenders have been credited based on own-goals by the opposition).

He scored with 0.1 seconds left in regulation on an empty net during a win against the Detroit Red Wings.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Kingston Voyageurs OPJHL 16 906 53 0 3.51
1999–00 Kingston Voyageurs OPJHL 3
1999–00 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 15 4 4 7 1 666 42 0 3.78 .894
2000–01 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 3 0 0 3 0 137 8 0 3.51 .896
2000–01 Sudbury Wolves OHL 43 22 10 11 3 2,572 108 3 2.52 .920 12 7 5 735 26 2 2.12 .921
2001–02 Sudbury Wolves OHL 53 19 24 10 4 3,083 157 3 3.06 .921 5 1 4 303 15 0 2.97 .924
2002–03 Lexington Men O' War ECHL 27 11 10 4 1,553 66 1 2.55 .910 2 0 1 93 8 0 5.14 .822
2002–03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 11 5 5 0 614 33 0 3.23 .906
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 21 8 11 0 1,186 56 2 2.83 .908
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 45 19 17 3 2,408 97 5 2.42 .915 3 1 2 181 4 0 1.33 .957
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 50 25 19 6 2,998 125 3 2.50 .917 7 3 4 417 19 0 2.74 .907
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 23 12 5 2 1,213 45 3 2.23 .912
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 21 12 9 0 1,172 48 2 2.46 .906
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 13 3 10 0 774 36 1 2.79 .893
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 41 14 18 9 2,471 108 2 2.62 .916
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 42 13 18 7 2,273 117 2 3.09 .900
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 5 1 4 0 296 9 1 1.83 .924
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 13 6 1 1,202 58 1 2.90 .899 3 1 1 120 2 0 1.00 .958
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 67 38 18 10 3,903 144 8 2.21 .930 16 9 7 1,027 34 3 1.99 .944
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34 15 12 5 1,956 84 5 2.58 .910
NHL totals 263 120 96 34 14,964 640 24 2.57 .913 19 10 8 1,147 36 3 1.88 .945

Personal LifeEdit

Mike was raised in Verona, Ontario, Canada. On September 3, 2010, he married former Canadian World Cup skier Brigette Acton.