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Remember when Billy Smith scored?

Dec 27, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

Cam Ward’s “goal” at the end of yesterday’s Hurricanes-Devils game had the good folks at thinking about the first goaltender to ever “score” in an NHL game.

That honor belongs to Islanders legend Billy Smith, who has former Colorado Rockies defenseman Rob Ramage to thank for that.

Here’s what happened Nov. 28, 1979, in Denver:

Bonus Billy Smith video!

Here’s Smith hacking Wayne Gretzky to the ice in 1983.


Of course, the first goalie to ever score (no quotation marks required) was Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall, who notched his first of two career goals on Dec. 8, 1987, versus the Bruins.

Bonus Ron Hextall video!

Here’s Hextall attacking Chris Chelios in 1989.

  1. arsement - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    I don’t see the video of Billy Smith’s goal…

    • arsement - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      I’m an idiot. Sorry.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 27, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    I love how the announcer in the Philly game predicted Hextall scoring “one of these days” literally five seconds before he did it.

  3. mtm1321 - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Battlin’ Billy Smith was a great goalie, the anchor of the islanders dynasty.

  4. bcisleman - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Funny anecdote about the Smith-Gretzky incident. Like Westfall, Smith was convinced that 99 had committed a dive to draw the major. To even matters, he waited until Game 4 when the Isles were leading 3-2 and the Oilers were desperately trying to stave off elimination in the late 3rd period.

    Billy was being pelted with shots when–I think it was Anderson made contact with him and Billy went down like he had been shot. To Anderson’s disgust, Billy drew a major.

    Later, as Ziegler was waiting to award Smith his Conn Smythe, Smith freely admitted to an HNiC interviewer on camera and right in front of Ziegler that it was a dive in retaliation for Gretzky’s. The look on Ziegler’s face? Priceless!

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