Paul Lawrence Andrea
One of only a handful of Nova Scotians to make it to the NHL, Andrea’s career spanned four mostly part-time seasons under the big top and many more in the minors. However, his achievements were enough to earn him induction into the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 in large measure because he played pro 15 years, even though that amounted to only 150 NHL games.
Andrea moved to Guelph to play junior starting in 1958, but then played with the EPHL, not a traditional means to get to the NHL. He became Rangers property and was called up for four games during the 1965-66 season, but immediately after expansion the Blueshirts traded him to Pittsburgh in a multi-player deal. He led the CPHL in scoring with 37 goals the previous year but dipped to just eleven in his first season with the Penguins and a year later he was on the move again, this time to the WHL.
Oakland picked him up for a few games, and then came Buffalo, his last NHL stop. Andrea pursued a career in the WHA, playing two full seasons before winding up in the minors again, retiring in 1975 after spending a few weeks with the Cape Cod Codders of the NAHL.
|CPHL First All-Star Team (1966)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1970)
|Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with George Konik, Dunc McCallum and Frank Francis for Larry Jeffrey, June 6, 1967. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Pittsburgh with John Arbour and the loan of Andy Bathgate for the 1969-70 season for Bryan Hextall Jr., May 20, 1969. Claimed by Oakland from Vancouver (WHL) in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from California, November 4, 1970. Selected by Dayton-Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1972.|
Flash William Hollett
Although born in North Sydney, NS, on April 13th, 1912, Flash Hollett grew up in Toronto where, like so many kids of his day, he played hockey and lacrosse. He was lucky enough to play lacrosse with Lionel Conacher. Leafs’ owner and GM, Conn Smythe spotted him in action and said, “If you can play hockey like you play lacrosse, we could use you in the International Hockey League next winter!” Hollett accepted the offer. His professional sports career was underway.
Hollett eventually made the Leafs for a brief stint and was loaned to the Ottawa Senators for half a season. He then returned to the Leafs for a short time before Conn Smythe sold his rights to the Boston Bruins for $16,000?a move he’d later regret. In1939, the Bruins, and especially Hollett, took pleasure in beating the Leafs to Lord Stanley. In the fifth game of the matchup, he and Milt Schmidt lured Leafs goalie Turk Broda from his net, freeing Hollett to pop home the series winner.
From then on, Hollett became a fixture on the Bruins blueline with his ability to rush the puck and score what was, at the time, a record number of goals for a defenseman.
In 1944, Hollett joined the Detroit Red Wings where he was paired with Earl Siebert. His record-setting 20 goals brought him a first-team All-Star award. But his all-star status was not enough to leverage him beyond a contract dispute with Wings GM Jack Adams. Hollett took the high road, opting to leave the NHL out of respect to his wife’s request to stay closer to home in Ontario.
After the big leagues, Hollett played senior hockey with the Kitchener Dutchmen and the Toronto Marlboros where he won the Allan Cup in his final season.
Hollet passed away April 20th, 1999 in Mississauga, ON.
|NHL Second All-Star Team (1943)
NHL First All-Star Team (1945)
|Loaned to Ottawa by Toronto for remainder of 1933-34 season, January 2, 1934. Traded to Boston by Toronto for $16,000, January 15, 1936. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Pat Egan, January 5, 1944. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit for Ab DeMarco and Hank Goldup, June 19, 1946. Transaction voided when Hollett decided to retire, June, 1946.
Bobby David Smith
After a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67’s in which Bobby Smith amassed 192 points in only 61 games for the 1977-78 season, he was selected first overall in the 1978 Amateur Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He was named to the OHA’s first all-star team, second all-star team twice, and the Memorial Cup all-star team for 1977. Smith also won the George Parsons Trophy as the Memorial Cup’s most sportsmanlike player and was named the Canadian major junior player of the year award in 1978.
Smith made his NHL debut in the 1978-79 season and had an instant impact on the league, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. In only his third season in the league, he helped guide the North Stars to the Stanley Cup finals only to fall victim the New York Islanders’ second of four straight championships.
He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 1983 and carried on where he left off, helping the Habs reach the Cup finals in 1985-86 where he watched a rookie, Patrick Roy, backstop the team to victory. This was Smith’s first and only Cup.
After another trip back to the finals with the Habs in 1989, Smith was dealt back to Minnesota for the 1990-91 season where the team headed to the playoffs as a huge underdog. With Smith’s veteran leadership and scoring touch, the North Stars faced Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. The North Stars put up a great fight but eventually succumbed to the Pens in six games.
Smith played for two more seasons in the NHL before retiring as a player and moving up to become the general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes from 1997 to 2000.
|OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1976, 1977)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1977)
George Parsons Trophy (Memorial Cup – Most Sportsmanlike Player) (1977)
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1978)
OMJHL – MVP (1978)
Canadian Major Junior – Player of the Year (1978)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1982, 1989, 1991)
|Traded to Montreal by Minnesota for Keith Acton, Mark Napier and Toronto’s 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Ken Hodge Jr.) in 1984 NHL Draft, October 28, 1983. Traded to Minnesota by Montreal for Minnesota’s 4th round pick (Louis Bernard) in 1992 NHL Draft, August 7, 1990.|