Ben Smith (born Benjamin Alexander Smith on July 11, 1988 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing on his second stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
He also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League (NHL)
Smith was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 169th overall in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Boston College.
On October 29, 2010 the Blackhawks recalled Smith from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs to make his NHL debut in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers. He scored his first NHL goal on April 8, 2011 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 Sunday, April 24, 2011, during Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, Smith 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, Smith was called up to play his first Stanley Cup Finals game, a 2–0 loss to the Boston Bruins, to fill in over the injured Marián Hossa. The Blackhawks won the Cup on June 24, 2013, when they defeated the Bruins in Game 6. On June 27, 2014, the Blackhawks signed him to a two-year contract extension.
The following season, Smith scored four goals in 19 playoff games to help the Blackhawks advance to the Western Conference finals.
On March 2, 2015, Smith was traded by the Blackhawks to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Andrew Desjardins. He scored his first goal with the Sharks the same day in their shutout game against the Montreal Canadiens, but remained for most of the season with the Sharks' AHL affiliate San Jose Barracuda.
On February 27, 2016, Smith, 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 and Jeremy Morin.
Despite putting up acceptable numbers with the Maple Leafs, Smith was placed on waivers by the team on March 30, 2016. Smith 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, he 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, Smith made his debut with Colorado to start the 2016–17 season in a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on October 15, 2016. He 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|