A look back at Doug Smail
by Brandt Corbin
In the era of Dale Hawerchuk, Tomas Steen and Paul Maclean, the Winnipeg Jets just like every other team had some unsung heroes. During the entire 1980’s one of those unsung heroes was diminutive forward Doug Smail. The 5’9 175 pound left winger was best known for his speed and being one of the more underrated defensive forwards during his time. Still to this day he holds the Jets/Coyotes franchise record with 25 shorthanded goals.
During his ten years with the Jets, he had a number of different accomplishments, being named to the 1990 all star game. He also scored 14 or more goals nine years in a row, scoring 30 goals 1 time and 20 or more in 3 other seasons. He holds the NHL record for the fastest goal to start a game (5 seconds).
In his last 3 years in the NHL, he played with Minnesota, Quebec and Ottawa. Smail then went onto play in Britain for three years; accumulating 108 goals and 201 points in 97 games, in 1994 he was named British Ice Hockey Writers Association Player of the Year.