"Suitcase's" 6 shutouts in 1974-75 remains a Canuck record.
In 1973 the Canucks traded the original Canuck, talented defensman Dale Tallon to the Chicago Blackhawks for Gary Smith, who in 1972 shared the Vezina Trophy with teammate Tony Esposito. Right from the inaugural press conference introducing Smith to Vancouver it was quickly evident he was an outgoing charismatic star Canuck fans would love.
"Everything you heard about me is true, I am a great goaltender" Smith announced as his first words to Canuck faithful. While it was obviously tongue in cheek, it was just a sign of things to come.
Full Suitcase Smith Biography