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Encyclopedia > Neil Smith (ice hockey)

Neil Smith (born January 9, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) was the general manager of the New York Islanders until he was unexpectedly relieved of his duties on July 18, 2006 after only 40 days. He was previously the general manager of the New York Rangers from 1989-2000. He was named as an assistant to Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong on October 27, 2006.[1] January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (de facto) Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Doug Armstrong is the current General Manager of the NHLs Dallas Stars. ...

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Early career

Smith played junior hockey before attending Western Michigan University. As a freshman, he was selected to the All-American team as a defenceman, and was named team captain his sophomore season. He was drafted by the New York Islanders, spending several seasons in the minor leagues before working for the organization as a talent scout. He moved on to the Detroit Red Wings, where he won 2 Calder Cup championships as the General Manager of the team's minor league affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings. Western Michigan University (abbr. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ... The AHL prize. ... The Adirondack Red Wings were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ...


Success with the New York Rangers

Smith was hired by the Rangers to be their General Manager, inheriting a team that included veteran Mike Gartner and future stars Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, and Tony Amonte. In 1991 he made his mark with a blockbuster trade for superstar Mark Messier. Over the next three seasons, Smith shaped the team through trades and free-agent signings, acquiring several players from the Edmonton Oilers dynasty of the 1980s. Messier become one of the most popular athletes in New York, winning the Hart Trophy in 1992, and the Rangers grew into an elite team, twice winning the Presidents Trophy and, in 1994, their long-awaited fourth Stanley Cup championship. Michael Alfred Gartner (born October 29, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes. ... Brian Leetch with the New York Rangers Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey player with the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins. ... Mike Richter Mike Richter (born September 22, 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is a former NHL goaltender. ... Anthony Lewis Tony Amonte (born August 2, 1970 in Hingham, Massachusetts) is a professional ice hockey right winger. ... Mark John Douglas Moose Messier (born January 18, 1961, in St. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professionial ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League to the team which finished with the best record in the entire league during the regular season. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


Fall of the Rangers

The next few years would see the team struggle to stay in contention, but, having traded away many of its prospects for the Stanley Cup run, the team had to increasingly rely on aging veterans acquired through expensive free agency. A major dispute between Smith and hard-driving coach Mike Keenan ended when Keenan left for St. Louis after the championship season. Had Keenan stayed, it was widely rumored that broadcaster John Davidson would have replaced Smith as general manager because of his ties to outgoing MSG president Bob Gutkowski. The team signed Wayne Gretzky in 1996, reuniting him with his old teammate Messier. The reunion would last only a year, however, as Messier left amid an acrimonious dispute with the organization. With his departure the Rangers sank into mediocrity; though Smith acquired a succession of veteran players with expensive contracts, including Theoren Fleury and Sylvain Lefebvre, and drafted a host of promising young players, the team continued to underperform and missed the playoffs every season until the 2005-06 NHL season. Smith's critics derided him for what they called a grocery-shopping approach to team-building; in him they saw a keen eye for talent but an inability to understand how to effectively combine a roster of actual players and personalities and a lack of restraint in acquiring free agents, which they believed delayed the development of the young players the team would need in the future. In 2000 he was fired and replaced with Glen Sather. Michael Edward Keenan (born October 21, 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario) is the former General Manager of the Florida Panthers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... John Davidson is also the name of a former ice hockey player. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Theoren Wallace Fleury (born June 29, 1968 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Sylvain Lefebvre in his days with the Colorado Avalanche. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Glen Sather (born September 2, 1943) in High River, Alberta, Canada) was a left wing in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League. ...


Short tenure with the New York Islanders

On June 8, 2006, Smith was introduced as the New York Islanders' general manager. Said Smith of his new job: "Knowing that I'll be working in the same office where one of my mentors, Bill Torrey, created a dynasty is an unbelievable feeling. Al Arbour, whom I owe everything to, gave me my first hockey job as an advance scout. I wear my Islanders Stanley Cup ring with immense pride. To be able to come full circle and return home to the Islanders is a dream." But on July 18, 2006, just a little over a month after Smith took the reins as Islanders GM, he was fired and replaced by backup goalie Garth Snow. The Islanders hadn't played a single game under Smith. June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... Bill Torrey was a General Mangager and executive in the National Hockey League. ... Al Arbour (born November 1, 1932 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) was a player and coach in the National Hockey League. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Garth E. Snow (born on July 28, 1969 in Wrentham, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender and is currently the general manager for the New York Islanders of the NHL. // Garth Snow was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques out of high school in the sixth round of the...


Smith apparently had grown frustrated with his lack of authority on personnel and staffing decisions, as owner Charles Wang had instituted a setup where decisions were made collectively by a group of advisers rather than by the general manager alone. Wang decided that Smith was incapable of fitting within the Islanders decision making model and made the decision to fire Smith himself. Former Islander great Pat LaFontaine, who had recently been hired by the team as a senior adviser, quit his post in support of the ousted Smith. [1] Smith's firing provoked a lot of criticism among the New York media, as the Islanders fired a general manager with a track record of success and replaced him with someone with no prior front office experience. Charles B. Wang (王嘉廉, pinyin: Wáng Jiálián) (born August 19, 1944) is the founder of Computer Associates International, Inc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Honors

  • In 1991, Smith was inducted into the Western Michigan University Hall of Fame.
  • 1991-92 Executive of the Year by The Hockey News
  • 1993-94 Executive of the Year by The Sporting News
  • 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship (NYR)
Preceded by
Phil Esposito
General Managers of the New York Rangers
1989-2000
Succeeded by
Glen Sather
Preceded by
Mike Milbury
General Managers of the New York Islanders
2006
Succeeded by
Garth Snow

1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... Philip Anthony Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ... All-time General Managers of the New York Rangers Glen Sather: June 1, 2000 to present Neil Smith: July 17, 1989 to March 28, 2000 Phil Esposito: July 14, 1986 to May 24, 1989 Craig Patrick: November 21, 1980 to July 14, 1986 Fred Shero: June 2, 1978 to November... Glen Sather (born September 2, 1943) in High River, Alberta, Canada) was a left wing in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League. ... Michael James Milbury (born 17 June 1952 in Brighton, Massachusetts, USA) is a former defenseman for the Boston Bruins, and former coach for Boston and the New York Islanders. ... This is a list of General Managers for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Garth E. Snow (born on July 28, 1969 in Wrentham, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender and is currently the general manager for the New York Islanders of the NHL. // Garth Snow was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques out of high school in the sixth round of the...

References

  1. ^ Islanders fire GM Smith, hire Snow. TSN (July 18, 2006). Retrieved on July 18, 2006.

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