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Voting Kurtenbach and nominating Gary Smith, again.  I realize most other CDCers have to idea who Smith was, but here's an excerpt from an old article I found on him.  Read this and tell me, what other ex-Canuck that you may be thinking of voting for at this point ever came close to finishing 5th in Hart Trophy balloting any year?:


"His first season in Vancouver he played 65 contests, winning 20 of the Canucks 24 wins that season. The following season was easily Smith's best, as he and the Canucks had their first winning season and were for the first time a legitimate NHL team.

The team had 38 wins to capture their first Smythe Division championship, and Smith was the key. He played in 72 of the 80 games, with a record of 32-24-9. His 6 shutouts that season is still a team record. He finished 5th in Hart Trophy balloting that season.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson still thinks Smith perhaps should have won the Hart that year." (

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