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Ben Smith
BSmith.jpg
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks
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 the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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.

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
NHL totals 181 25 19 44 4 27 7 2 9 2

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
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2008
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2010
Stanley Cup 2013

Personal LifeEdit

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

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