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Hall of Fame member Clint Smith, a two-time Lady Byng winner, dies at age 95

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Clint Smith, a two-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, has died at the age of 95.

The Assiniboia, Sask., native died Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks said in a release Thursday. He was inducted into the Hockey Fall of Fame in 1991.

Smith played 11 years in the NHL with the New York Rangers (1936-43) and Chicago Blackhawks (1943-47). He won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1940.

The five-foot-eight, 165-pound centre won the Lady Byng in 1939 and 1944. He collected just 24 penalty minutes in 483 regular season games. During his career, he wasn't called for a penalty in four seasons.

In 1943-44 Smith set an NHL record with 49 assists while playing on a line with future Hall of Famers Bill Mosienko and Doug Bentley. The line set an NHL scoring record that season with 219 total points.

Smith shares the NHL record for most goals in a period with four, set on March 4, 1945, against Montreal.

Smith played his early hockey in Saskatoon before moving to Vancouver in 1933 to play for the Vancouver Lions of the North West Hockey League. He led the league with 25 goals in his rookie year.

Following his NHL career, Smith played with the Tulsa Oilers of the USHL, where he was named the league's most valuable player in 1948. He was a player coach for the St. Paul Saints of the USHL and a full-time coach with the Cincinnati Mohawks of the American Hockey League in 1952.

Smith returned to Vancouver in 1953 to play oldtimers hockey.

He was founding member of the British Columbia Hockey Benevolent Association, also known as the Canucks Alumni. He held various positions within the organization, including president.

Funeral plans were not announced.


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