Reilly Smith

Reilly Liam Sheeran Smith (born April 1, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for, and serving as an alternate captain of, the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Smith was drafted in the third round, 69th overall, by the Dallas Stars in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and has also played with the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in his NHL career. He is the younger brother of current New York Rangers defenceman Brendan Smith.

Reilly Smith
Smith with the Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1991-04-01) April 1, 1991
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
Dallas Stars
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 69th overall, 2009
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2012present

Playing career


Smith played junior hockey with St. Michael's College School in Toronto, Ontario. Upon graduating, he played three seasons of NCAA Division I collegiate hockey with the Miami University's RedHawks in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), scoring 122 points in 121 games during his tenure there. During his sophomore and junior season, he played mostly on the team's first line.


On March 25, 2012, Smith forwent his final year at Miami to year to sign a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.[1] He played three games for the Stars to finish the 2011–12 season. During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Smith played for Dallas' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Texas Stars.[2] He was promoted to Dallas for the season once play resumed in January 2013 and scored his first career NHL goal on February 15, 2013, against Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks.

In July 2013, Smith was included in a blockbuster trade between Dallas and the Boston Bruins, which sent him, Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser to Boston in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button.[3] On April 5, 2014, the New England Sports Network (NESN) TV network named Smith the 45th annual "7th Player". The "7th Player" is awarded to the Boston Bruin who most exceeded all expectations that season, as voted by the team's fans.[4]

On July 1, 2015, Smith was traded by the Bruins, along with Marc Savard's contract, to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jimmy Hayes.[5] On July 3, 2016, Smith signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension with the Panthers.[6]

On June 21, 2017, Smith was traded at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft to the Vegas Golden Knights due to salary cap issues. Both he and teammate Jonathan Marchessault were acquired by the Golden Knights, with the Panthers receiving a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. During his tenure in Florida, Smith had 87 points in 162 games.[7]

Smith would score a career-high 60 points in his first year with Vegas as the Golden Knights defied expectations and advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season, eventually falling to the Washington Capitals. Smith scored 5 goals and 17 assists during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Personal life

Reilly is the younger brother of current New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith and National Lacrosse League (NLL) player Rory Smith.[8] The three all played minor hockey in the Etobicoke neighbourhood of Mimico with the Faustina Sports Club, then all played for the St. Michael's Buzzers minor juniors.[9] Smith faced his brother Brendan in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals of the 2014 playoffs when his Bruins faced Brendan's Detroit Red Wings; the Bruins ultimately won the series four games to one.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07Toronto NationalsGTHL 70807715756
2007–08St. Michael's BuzzersOPJHL 3831245592 10002
2008–09St. Michael's BuzzersOJHL 4927487544 6951510
2009–10Miami RedHawksCCHA 448122024
2010–11Miami RedHawksCCHA 3828265418
2011–12Miami RedHawksCCHA 3930184822
2011–12Dallas StarsNHL 30002
2012–13Texas StarsAHL 4514213520 70440
2012–13Dallas StarsNHL 373698
2013–14Boston BruinsNHL 8220315114 124150
2014–15Boston BruinsNHL 8113274020
2015–16Florida PanthersNHL 8225255031 64480
2016–17Florida PanthersNHL 8015223717
2017–18Vegas Golden KnightsNHL 6722386024 205172210
2018–19Vegas Golden KnightsNHL 7419345314 71560
NHL totals 506117183300130 4514274110
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada East
World Junior A Challenge
2008 Camrose

Awards and honours

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 2010–11 [10]
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2011 [11]
All-CCHA First Team 2011–12 [12]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2011–12
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2012 [11]
NESN Boston Bruins 7th Player Award 2013–14 [13]


  1. "Miami standout signs with NHL club". March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  2. "Player Profile". Dallas Stars. March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  3. "Tyler Seguin traded from Boston Bruins to Dallas Stars". July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  4. "Riley Smith wins NESN's 7th player award". NESN. April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  5. "Bruins trade Smith, Savard's contract to Panthers for Hayes". July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  6. "Panthers sign Reilly Smith to five-year contract extension". July 3, 2016.
  7. "Panther lose Marchessault and Smith to Vegas Golden Knights". Sun-Sentinel. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  8. "Athleticism runs in Smith's family". January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  9. Nelson, Norm (January 20, 2013). "All three Etobicoke Smith brothers make the big leagues". Etobicoke Guardian. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  10. "No. 7 Miami Opens CCHA Tournament Play Hosting Alaska". Miami RedHawks. March 15, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  11. "2012–13 CCHA Media Guide". Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  12. "MSU defenseman Torey Krug named to All-CCHA first team". The Detroit News. March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  13. Mike Cole (April 5, 2014). "Bruins Forward Reilly Smith Wins NESN's 7th Player Award". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andy Miele
Perani Cup Champion
Succeeded by
Brady Hjelle
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