CALGARY, AB – Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith has redrawn the map of his comfort zone.
Before the 35-year-old from Kingston, Ontario, was traded to the Flames by the Arizona Coyotes for goalie Chad Johnson, defenseman prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on June 17, he had played 11 seasons for NHL teams based in the southern United States.
From 2006-08, Smith played 44 games for the Dallas Stars, who selected him in the fifth round (No. 161) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He then played four seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and six seasons as the No. 1 goalie for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes.
Despite growing up in Canada, Smith, whose next game will be his 500th in the NHL, has seen a whole new side of being an NHL player in Calgary.