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Gary Smith Gary Edward Smith "Axe"

Height: 6-4
Weight: 215
Catch: L
Born: 4 Feb 1944, Ottawa ON

Regular Season Goaltending Record (key)

year team
gp
min
ga
sho
w-l-t
gaa
a
pim
1978-79 Indianapolis
11
664
61
0
0-10-1
5.51
0
0
1978-79 Winnipeg
11
626
31
0
7-3-0
2.97
3
0
Totals (2 teams)
22
1290
92
0
7-13-1
4.28
3
0
Totals:
22
1290
92
0
7-13-1
4.28
3
0

Playoff Goaltending Record

year team
gp
min
ga
sho
w-l
gaa
a
pim
1978-79 Winnipeg
10
563
35
0
8-2
3.73
0
0
Totals:
10
563
35
0
8-2
3.73
0
0

• Brother of Brian Smith.

 

Excerpts from Zander Hollander's Guide to Pro Hockey, 1979-80 (by Reyn Davis)

Colorful character who has worn two nicknames: "Suitcase" because of the number of teams he's played for (15 in 15 years), and "Axe" because of the way he uses his goalstick to keep his crease clear ... Found in the rubble of the collapsed Indianapolis Racers franchise, he jumped at the chance to play again and led the Jets to their third WHA title ... Has a tendency to drop to his knees but, on them, he's still as tall as some goaltenders ... Good copy for the media ... Lives in Lake Tahoe, Nevada ... Once punted pucks back to center ice after goals were scored on him ... Big harness racing fan.

 

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