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4 Great Hockey Players Smithers

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4 Great Hockey Players Smithers

Smithers isn’t just a great place to live – it’s a city with a reputation for encouraging greatness in its various forms. Today, we’re going to focus on 4 great hockey players that had their start in life in the beauty of Smithers before making it big in the NHL.

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The Watson Brothers

For fun, let’s do this chronologically and start with Jimmy Watson, a Smitherite born on August 19th, 1952. Arguably one of the most famous hockey players until recent years, it seemed almost like fate that he should follow his path. In fact, his older brother, Joe Watson, born on July 6th, 1943, both played on the same team across Canada and even into the United States.

Joe Watson, is known for his time on the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Colorado Rockies, spanning an NHL career that started in 1963 and went on for sixteen years, finishing in 1979. Known for his defensive talents, a skill that you might argue was in his genes, saw him through many championships.

Jimmy on the other hand, who, at 9 years junior to his brother, made his way up through the leagues, arriving on the Philadelphia Flyers 5 years after Joe. In 1974 and 1975, the Flyers, with both Watson brothers on the ice, went on the win the Stanley Cup.

Prepare yourself for a bit of leap in years here:

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Ronald Everett Flockhart

Born on October 10th, 1960, the next great hockey player out of Smithers is none other than Ron Flockhart. With an impressive statistic of over 300 NHL goals in the ‘80s, Ron is remembered, interestingly enough, for his time on the Philadelphia Flyers.

His career spans 14 regular seasons and is punctuated by 3 playoff games and, at his peak popularity earned the nickname “Flocky Hockey” for a tendency to rag the puck rather than move it up the ice quickly. This is to point to an outstanding experience that started in 1980 and carried him through in the NHL until 1991.

His prolific status had him, in no specific order, play for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadians, St. Louis Blues, and the Boston Bruins, leaving behind admirable career heights with few lows in between including the Philadelphia Flyers record for fastest two goals during a game, at just 8 seconds.

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Smither’s Current Hockey Legend

Well, “legend” may be giving him too much credit as this young man wasn’t even 10 when Ron Flockhart was preparing to retire, still, Daniel Hamhuis, born on December 13th, 1983, is a man that has done a great job of continuing the Smither’s hockey legacy.

Joining the Vancouver Canucks after a stint with the Nashville Predators, Daniel is an award-recognized player that helped carry the Canucks to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, where, unfortunately, they lost to the Boston Bruins.

But this was clearly not a point to keep him down, as in 2014 he, along with the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, went on to win the gold medal. With 11 years in the NHL, there’s clearly something about Smithers that breeds great hockey players.

We’re looking forward to adding new names to this list as young and upcoming players receive the recognition Smithers deserves given the quality of characters arriving on the international scene thus far. Unrelated to Hockey, but another point of pride for Smithers, if you’re looking for your next car, head down to Frontier Chrysler and let our team of professionals assist you.


Further Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Watson_(ice_hockey)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Watson_(ice_hockey)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stanley_Cup_champions

https://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2008/01/northwest-bc-hockey-players.html

https://www.eliteprospects.com/birthplace.php?birthplace=Smithers,%20BC,%20CAN

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