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Bill Smith - The Painting of Billy - 1994
Ken Dryden

Bill Ranford

" Billy "

This is a 22" x 28" acrylic on canvas painting of Bill Smith

of the New York Islanders.

Copyright by Joe Versikaitis

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I still remember watching Billy when he played for the Islanders. Even though he won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders 1980-83, and scoring the very first goal by a goalie, I still can see the slashing that he was known for. The one slash that really sticks in my mind is when Wayne Gretzky was skating  behind Billys net and when Wayne finally came out from the right side of Billy. Billy just lashed out his goalie stick and dropped Wayne like a sack of potatoes. In 1993 Bill Smith was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

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