|Sydney James Smith|
|Name||Sydney James Smith|
|Date of Birth||July 11, 1925|
|Birthplace||Toronto, ON, Canada|
|Date of Death||April 29, 2004|
Sydney "Sid" James Smith was a former professional hockey player who played twelve seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smith was a three-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the championship with the Maple Leafs in 1948, 1949, 1951.
Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1925 and attended De La Salle College in his youth. Smith began his hockey career in the minor leagues of Toronto, and later played with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.
Smith was later signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and played in 45 games in two championship seasons for the Maple Leafs. However, Smith alternated time between the Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League, where he spent most of the 1948–49 season before being called back to Toronto. After playing just one regular season game, Smith scored an hat-trick in Game 2 of the 1948-1949 Stanley Cup finals to help Toronto to a four-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings. Smith had six consecutive seasons with 20 or more goals, an accomplishment unheard of at the time.
Smith was captain of the Maple Leafs during the 1955-1956 season, his second-last full season in the NHL. Smith retired during the 1957–1958 season, and in 1957, he became a player-coach with the Whitby Dunlops, a senior team in the Ontario Hockey Association.
Smith played 601 regular season NHL games, scoring 186 goals and 183 assists for 369 points. In 44 playoff games, he scored 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points. Smith is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the championship in 1948, 1949, and 1951. Smith was also a two-time Lady Byng award winner, winning the award for best display of sportsmanship and gentlemanly play in 1952 and 1955. Smith was also selected for the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1951 and 1952, as well as the First All-Star Team in 1955.