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Where are they now? Bobby Smith
MONTREAL | September 3rd, 2012
Where are they now? Bobby Smith
The Canadiens didn’t pile up 100 years of history without the blood, sweat and tears of the over 750 players to have ever worn the uniform. From the likes of Donald Audette to Zarley Zalapski, there are former Habs scattered all over the world. Although many hardcore Canadiens fans can rattle off the career accomplishments of hundreds of their old heroes, the question remains: what are these guys up to today? On the hot seat today: Bobby Smith.

Where are you currently living?
I split the year between Halifax and Scottsdale, Arizona. Our family moved to Arizona in 1996 when I was GM of the Phoenix Coyotes. We’re close to our kids there since they’re going to school in Southern California.

What are you up to these days?
Since September 2003, I’ve been the owner and president of the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. I thought getting into Junior hockey would be an interesting adventure. Even though I looked at other opportunities outside of the game after my playing days, staying in the hockey world was a natural decision. I really enjoy what I’m doing right now. I enjoy Junior hockey, working with the young players and the people who are working with us in Halifax.

How many times per year do you still lace up the skates?
I play very rarely. It’s not because I have old injuries from my 15 years in the NHL either – I’m very healthy. I go to the gym, I ski. I’m just very busy with work!

Do you still stay in touch with any of your former teammates?
I run into quite a few of them, especially since I’ve gotten involved with Junior hockey. A lot of guys are scouts or involved with other franchises. One of the names that comes to mind is Ryan Walter. We go back a long way.

Around how many Canadiens games do you end up watching each season?
Whenever the Mooseheads are in town, I’ll try to go see a game at the Bell Centre. I also get the NHL package at home, so I get to watch the Habs very often. I still pull for them.

When was the last time you made it out to the Bell Centre for a game?
I didn’t get the chance to go last season, but I was there for the Centennial game. It was fabulous. We enjoyed a fantastic show and it was great to get to see a lot of old friends again.

Who is your favorite player on the Canadiens’ current roster?
Probably P.K. Subban. Although Carey Price is a fabulous player and I enjoy watching him as well.

Is there a game that you played in during your time with the Canadiens that sticks out in your mind?
It would be the night we won the Stanley Cup in Calgary in 1986. You always hear hockey players talk about how special it is winning the Cup, and my comments are the same. You think about it as a kid growing up, as a Junior player, and even as an NHLer. When your team wins it it’s an incredible thrill.

What’s your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you currently own?
There’s no question – it’s my Stanley Cup ring from 1986.

Where do you keep it?
It’s on display at the Canadiens Hall of Fame at the Bell Centre. You can walk in there and have a look anytime you want! I was very pleased to have the chance to put it on display since it wasn’t something that I really wore.