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Known as an ‘everyman’ hockey player, Brad Smith worked hard every game of his professional career. Drafted by Vancouver in 1978, Motor City Smitty played a smattering of games for the Canucks before he was traded to the Atlanta Flames, whom he followed to Calgary. He only lasted there for half of a season before moving on to the Detroit Red Wings. The dawn of Motor City Smitty came alive as Smith played with the Wings for four seasons, though he spent most of it with their AHL affiliate in Adrirondack. He signed with the Maple Leafs as a free agent in 1985 and split his first season there between Toronto and St. Catharines. The 1986-87 season was his last in the NHL and it was spent in its entirety with the Leafs. After four sporadic seasons, he moved to Toronto where he retired in 1987. Smith left the game as a player in 1987 but stepped behind the bench to coach his old junior team the Windsor Spitfires, teaching his players the way he played hockey–honest and hardworking. Brad is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the Colorado Avalanche.

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