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Whalers career highlights
Al Smith
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DATE HIGHLIGHT
10/12/1972 Al Smith records the Whalers 1st win vs Philadelphia. 
10/21/1972 Al Smith records the Whalers 1st game misconduct penalty (plus a major for roughing and a major for fighting) while battling opposing goaltender Serge Aubrey vs Quebec. 
11/27/1972 Al Smith records the Whalers 1st ever shutout (his 8th career) with 24 saves vs Cleveland. 
11/29/1972 Al Smith makes the save on the 1st penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Ron Ward of New York. 
12/31/1972 Al Smith records his 2nd Whalers shutout (his 9th career) vs New York. 
1/6/1973 Al Smith represents the Whalers in the 1973 WHA All-Star game in Quebec. 
1/25/1973 Al Smith makes the save on the 1st penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Wayne Carleton of Ottawa. 
2/20/1973  Al Smith records his 1st career WHA point (an assist) vs Philadelphia. 
3/7/1973 Al Smith records his 3rd Whalers shutout (10th career) making 22 saves vs Cleveland. 
5/30/1973 Tom Webster and Jim Dorey are name to the WHA All-stars 2nd team. Rick Ley, Ted Green, and Al Smith are named to the 3rd team. 
10/25/1973 Al Smith makes the save on the 2nd penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Andre Lacroix of New York. 
11/22/1973 Al Smith makes the save on the 3rd penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Wayne Connelly of Minnesota. 
12/15/1973 Al Smith (would not play due to injury), Rick Ley, Brad Selwood, Larry Pleau, and Hugh Harris are voted by the players to the 1974 WHA All Star game. Jim Dorey would be named at a later date. 
1/26/1974 Al Smith records his 4th career Whalers shutout (11th career) making 19 saves vs Cleveland. 
2/23/1974 Al Smith records his 5th career Whalers shutout (12th career) making 28 saves vs Chicago. 
4/1/1974 Al Smith makes the save on the 4th penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Frank Hughes of Houston. 
4/14/1974 Al Smith records the Whalers 1st ever playoff shutout (his 6th Whalers, 13th career) making 31 saves vs Chicago. 
5/14/1974 Al Smith is named to the WHA 3rd team All-stars. 
11/8/1974 Al Smith records his 7th career Whalers shutout (14th career) vs San Diego. 
1/4/1975 Al Smith is scored against on the 5th (and only successful WHA) penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Danny Lawson of Vancouver. 
1/11/1975 Whalers play 1st game at Hartford Civic Center, a 4-3 overtime win vs San Diego. Don Blackburn scores the Whalers 1st goal, Garry Swain scores the game winning goal in OT shorthanded, and goalie Al Smith records the win. 
1/21/1975 Al Smith represents the Whalers in the 1975 WHA All-Star game in Edmonton. 
1/27/1975 Al smith records his 8th career Whalers shutout (15th career) with 36 saves vs Cleveland. 
2/25/1975 Al Smith sets the Whalers (WHA) goaltending record for most consecutive games played at 28 games (starting on 12/1/74, going 13-13-2) vs Boston. 
10/12/1977 Al Smith opens the regular season with his 8th career WHA shutout vs Houston. 
1/17/1978 Al Smith represents the Whalers as the starting goaltender in the 1978 WHA All-Star game in Quebec. 
1/28/1978 Al Smith records his 9th career WHA shutout vs Houston. 
12/29/1978 Al Smith records his 10th career WHA shutout vs Birmingham. 
2/21/1979 Al Smith makes the save on the 6th (and final WHA) penalty shot vs the Whalers taken by Steve West of Winnipeg. 
11/17/1979 Al Smith records the Whalers 1st NHL shutout (11th Whalers, 5th NHL) with 23 saves vs Edmonton. 
1/7/1980 Al Smith makes the save on the 1st NHL penalty shot against the Whalers (7th franchise) taken by Claude Larose of the New York Rangers. 
2/29/1980 Al Smith sets the Whalers (Franchise) record for fewest saves recording a shutout (12th Whalers, 6th NHL) with 14 vs St. Louis. 
3/31/1982 Whalers announce "The Team of the Decade" (voted by readers of the Hartford Sports Extra): Blaine Stoughton (LW), Mike Rogers, Tom Webster (RW), Rick Ley, Mark Howe (D), Al Smith (G), and Harry Neale (coach).