Brian Desmond ‘Smitty’ Smith


Builder : Hockey
Year Inducted: 1996
Date of Birth: September 6th, 1940
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario

Brian Desmond Smith (deceased) was a popular television sportscaster for CJOH-TV who left an indelible mark on the Ottawa sports scene. He joined the station in 1973 and for the next 22 years, he became known for his straight-talking style and support for the Ottawa community.

Before joining CJOH, Brian enjoyed a successful hockey career, which began with the Kings during the club’s inaugural season, 1967-68. During the 67-68 campaign he played 58 games for the Kings recording 10 goals and 9 assists for 19 points. The following year he was dealt to Montreal and then Minnesota, where he played 9 more NHL games. He played a total of 10 years as a pro with nine teams, mostly in the minor leagues.

Brian came from a prominent local hockey family. His father, Des, was a member of the 1940-41 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and his brother, Gary, was an NHL goaltender for 14 seasons with eight different teams earning him the nickname, ‘Suitcase’ Smith.