45 Glove-Drops in Memory of Greg “Bird Dog” Smyth
Former NHL/AHL defenceman Greg “Bird Dog” Smyth passed away on Friday February, 16th at the age of 51. Known for his aggressive approach on the ice, Smyth was no stranger to dropping the gloves, but it would be his final fight with terminal cancer that would put the beloved Bird Dog down one last time.
During his ten seasons with the NHL, Smyth played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Chicago Blackhawks. Though it was with these teams that the 6’4, 235lbs enforcer would garner his most widespread notoriety, it was his stint with the AHL as a part of the St. John’s Maple Leafs in the latter half of his career that found the Bird Dog a new home.
When Greg Smyth signed with the St. John’s Maple Leafs in the 1996-1997 season, the Oakville, Ontario native relocated to Newfoundland & Labrador permanently.
Following the end of his pro career in 2000, Smyth took to coaching and playing senior hockey around Newfoundland with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, Mount Pearl Blades, Bell Island Blues and Southern Shore Breakers.
While Smyth’s life touched many from peers, teammates, family and friends, his on-ice legacy will forever be remembered for his hardboiled and no-nonsense demeanor. Smyth’s career as an enforcer has found an extensive amount of archived footage of his toughest moments uploaded for hockey scrap fans and aficionados around the world. You can check out some of the most viewed videos here:
So sad to hear about the passing of Greg Smyth…
Thoughts and prayers to his family friends & teammates.
• Great teammate
• Old school
• One of a kind
— Tie Domi (@thereal_tiedomi) February 17, 2018
My pal Greg “Bird Dog” Smyth passed away last night. He was a fierce competitor on the ice – to put it mildly – & loyal buddy off of it. 1 of a kind. He impacted everyone he ever played with or against @kimby2929@JamieRivers08 @ndempsey21
You’ll be missed Bird. Luv ya 💚 pic.twitter.com/K5eoFi117t
— Terry Ryan (@terryryan20) February 17, 2018