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Billy Smith Los Angeles Kings 5x7 B&W Autographed Photo Hall of Famer
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Billy Smith Los Angeles Kings 5x7 B&W Autographed Photo Hall of Famer
Lot #543

This 5x7 B&W autographed photo shows Hall of Famer Billy Smith in his Los Angeles Kings uniform very early in his storied career. The Los Angeles Kings selected Smith in the 5th round of the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. This Perth, ONT native made his NHL debut in 1971-72 with the Kings where he played in five games as a rookie. The following season Smith became an original member of the expansion New York Islanders where he went on to carve out a Hall of Fame career. “Battlin’ Billy” spent the next 17 seasons tending goal on Long Island, racking up numerous accolades and creating plenty of mischief along the way. Smith became the 8th man in NHL history to record 300 Wins. Billy was an NHL All Star who earned 1st Team NHL All Star honors, won a Vezina Trophy and the William M. Jennings Trophy.

Most impressive however was Billy’s playoff acumen. It was a decision by his Hall of Fame coach, Al Arbour, to cease rotating his netminders early into the 1980 playoffs that jump started one of the greatest runs in sports history. Arbour named Smith as the team’s number one and Billy responded by carrying the Islanders to five straight Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders won a record 19 consecutive playoff series and earned dynasty status by capturing four Stanley Cups in a row beginning in 1980. Smith earned the 1983 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and led the NHL in playoff victories for five consecutive seasons. He retired as the NHL’s winningest playoff goalie with 88 victories, a total that still places him 4th on the all-time list. The Battlin’ Billy nickname was well deserved as he was eager to stand up for his teammates, dropped the gloves aplenty and let the opposition know that their ankles were fair game when he was standing between the pipes. This fierce competitor is still looked upon by many as the greatest money goaltender in NHL history.

Our consignor went to a hockey game every night and had all autographs signed personally.