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Gemel Smith Now A Member Of The Detroit Red Wings

01/19/2022 at 2:17pm EST

Brother of Givani.

added 4:05pm, Press release is below.

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today claimed center Gemel Smith off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Smith, 27, has yet to play this season while recovering from a lower-body injury. The eighth-year pro is the older brother of Red Wings forward Givani Smith and has spent the past three seasons in Tampa Bay's system, splitting time between the Lightning and American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch during the organization's back-to-back Stanley Cup championship runs. Smith has logged 88 NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Lightning, notching 24 points (12-12-24), a plus-three rating and 53 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound forward has also skated in 286 career AHL games between the Texas Stars, Providence Bruins and Crunch and compiled 172 points (76-96-172), a plus-21 rating and 195 penalty minutes since making his professional debut in 2014-15.

Originally drafted by the Stars in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Smith is a Toronto, Ontario, native who played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League prior to turning pro, picking up 203 points (89-114-203), a plus-33 rating and 166 penalty minutes in 264 games with the Owen Sound Attack and London Knights from 2010-14. Smith also registered 28 points (12-16-28), a plus-four rating and 31 penalty minutes in 47 OHL postseason games and twice played in the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup with Owen Sound (2011) and London (2014). Smith also twice won a medal with Canada on the international stage, winning gold at the 2011 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and capturing bronze at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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