James Stephen Smith

James Stephen Smith

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James Stephen Smith (born April 30, 1963), better known as Steve Smith, is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and current assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984–85 to 2000–01. Although he was regarded as a top defenceman during his 16-year NHL career, he is best-remembered for scoring a critical own goal in the playoffs of his rookie year.

Playing career

Smith was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in the 6th round, 111th overall. He began his NHL career in 1985, playing in 55 regular season games and six playoff games. On April 30, 1986 (his 23rd birthday), Smith and the Oilers were playing in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Final against the arch-rival Calgary Flames. With 14:46 remaining in the third period, and the score tied at two, he made a pass from behind his own net that ricocheted off goaltender Grant Fuhr and into the Edmonton net.. The Oilers never recovered and ultimately lost the series, while Calgary went on to the Stanley Cup Finals. Flames forward Perry Berezan was credited with scoring this series-clinching goal.

Though devastated by this mishap, Smith remained an Edmonton Oiler defensive mainstay, winning the Stanley Cup the next two seasons, and a third one in 1990. Smith played in Edmonton until the end of the 1990–91 season. After leaving Edmonton, he played...
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