Sunday, January 27, 2019
Stan Smyl was born in Glendon Alberta, but his hockey success was almost entirely in BC.
He played in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) for the Bellingham Blazers, before moving on to the West Coast Hockey League to play for the New Westminster Bruins. Smyl played for the Bruins from 1975-1978 competing in three (3) Memorial Cup tournaments with the team, captaining them to their back to back Memorial Cup victories in 1977 and 1978.
Smyl was drafted in 1978 by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round, and began his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the team the next season. Smyl spent his entire NHL career with the Canucks, appearing in 898 games and scoring 673 points. Smyl captained the Canucks from 1982 until 1990, and remains with the Canucks organization today, as Director of Player Development and a Senior Advisor.
Stan Smyl was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.