January 18, 1946|
Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Canada
September 2, 2004 58) (aged|
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
California Golden Seals
San Diego Mariners
Edmonton Oilers (WHA)
Minnesota North Stars
Shmyr was one of the top defensive stars in the short history of the WHA, noted for his hard-nosed play, having jumped from the NHL's California Golden Seals to the upstart Cleveland Crusaders. He played four seasons for Cleveland, garnering the league's top defenceman trophy in 1976. He subsequently played for the WHA's San Diego Mariners, where he enjoyed his best offensive campaign, and played two years for the Edmonton Oilers, captaining the club to a regular season league championship in the WHA's final season.
After the WHA folded, the Minnesota North Stars, which owned his rights, reclaimed him, and as a noted leader, was named to captain the North Stars in 1979. While the Stars' captain, he led them to a semifinals appearance in 1980 and to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the New York Islanders. He then signed with the Hartford Whalers as a free agent in 1981, and retired after one season.
Shmyr was named to the WHA's First All-Star Team in 1973, 1974 and 1976, and to its Second All-Star Team in 1979. He finished third in the WHA's career leaders for games played, twentieth in assists, and fourth in penalty minutes. He represented Canada at the 1974 Summit Series and was one of only two WHAers (the other being Bobby Hull) to be invited to try out for Team Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup, though he failed to make the team.
Shmyr died of throat cancer in 2004, at the age of 58.
In 2010, he was elected as an inaugural inductee into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame.
Regular season and playoffs
|1965–66||New Westminster Royals||BCHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965–66||New Westminster Royals||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||4||2||0||2||9|
|1966–67||New Westminster Royals||BCHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1966–67||Fort Wayne Komets||IHL||70||3||18||21||89||11||3||3||6||19|
|1967–68||Dallas Black Hawks||CPHL||70||5||15||20||73||5||0||0||0||0|
|1968–69||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||3||1||0||1||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1968–69||Dallas Black Hawks||CHL||69||7||39||46||118||11||4||12||16||17|
|1969–70||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||24||0||4||4||26||8||1||2||3||0|
|1969–70||Dallas Black Hawks||CHL||48||3||21||24||88||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||57||1||12||13||41||9||0||0||0||17|
|1971–72||California Golden Seals||NHL||69||6||21||27||156||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||San Diego Mariners||WHA||81||13||37||50||103||7||0||2||2||8|
|1979–80||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||63||3||15||18||84||14||2||1||3||23|
|1980–81||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||61||1||9||10||79||3||0||0||0||4|
| Edmonton Oilers captain
J. P. Parise
| Minnesota North Stars captain