Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Bancroft
He was drafted twice, traded three times and signed as a free agent many more times, a run of activity that spanned a decade and included 14 teams. For all of this, Steve Bancroft played in one NHL game for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He had been drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1989, 21st overall, and what the Toronto scouts liked his size and strength made him an effective player with Belleville in the OHL. But the Leafs traded him to Boston and Boston to Chicago before he ever got into an NHL game. But after a single contest he was back in the minors where he has played ever since.

Although the Hawks remain his only game experience, his rights continued to be traded. The Hawks sent him to Winnipeg, and Florida claimed him in the Expansion Draft. Pittsburgh signed him as a free agent and again by Carolina, though he never played a minute for any of those teams.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Madoc MTM Hurricanes ON-Jr.C 7 1 0 1 21
1985-86 Trenton Bobcats ON-Jr.B 16 1 5 6 16
1986-87 St. Catharines Falcons ON-Jr.B 11 5 8 13 20
1986-87 Trenton Bobcats ON-Jr.B 13 2 3 5 45
1987-88 Belleville Bulls OHL 56 1 8 9 42
1988-89 Belleville Bulls OHL 66 7 30 37 99 5 0 2 2 10
1989-90 Belleville Bulls OHL 53 10 33 43 135 11 3 9 12 38
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 9 0 3 3 22
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 53 2 12 14 46 2 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 26 1 3 4 45
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 36 8 23 31 49
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Indianapolis Ice IHL 53 10 35 45 138
1992-93 Moncton Hawks AHL 21 3 13 16 16 5 0 0 0 16
1993-94 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 33 2 12 14 58
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 6 1 3 4 0
1994-95 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 50 7 17 24 100
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 4 2 0 2 2 5 0 3 3 8
1995-96 Los Angeles Ice Dogs IHL 15 3 10 13 22
1995-96 Chicago Wolves IHL 64 9 41 50 91 9 1 7 8 22
1996-97 Chicago Wolves IHL 39 6 10 16 66
1996-97 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 36 9 28 37 64 3 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 70 15 44 59 148 -13
1997-98 Saint John Flames AHL 9 0 4 4 12 +3 19 2 11 13 30
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 8 1 4 5 22 +4
1998-99 Providence Bruins AHL 62 7 34 41 78 +24 15 0 6 6 28
1999-00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 39 6 14 20 37 +1
1999-00 Houston Aeros IHL 37 2 18 20 47 +3 10 2 6 8 40
2000-01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 80 23 50 73 162 +28 3 0 2 2 8
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 6 38 44 226 -13
2002-03 Worcester IceCats AHL 21 4 6 10 32 0
2002-03 Binghamton Senators AHL 29 1 11 12 40 +4 14 0 0 0 12
2003-04 Binghamton Senators AHL 77 7 16 23 131 0 2 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Augsburger Panther Germany 44 4 12 16 103 1 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 75 3 16 19 114 -8
NHL Totals 6 0 1 1 2


AHL First All-Star Team (2001) Traded to Boston by Toronto for Rob Cimetta, November 9, 1990. Traded to Chicago by Boston with Boston's 11th round choice (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Russ Hewson) in 1993 Entry Draft for Chicago's 11th round choice (Evgeny Pavlov) in 1992 Entry Draft, January 8, 1992. Traded to Winnipeg by Chicago with future considerations for Troy Murray, February 21, 1993. Claimed by Florida from Winnipeg in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 2, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles (IHL), August 30, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 4, 1999. Traded to Houston (IHL) by Cincinnati (IHL) for Brian Felsner with Carolina retaining his NHL rights, January 19, 2000. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 10, 2000. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 16, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Binghamton (AHL), November 14, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Augsburg (Germany), September 12, 2004.