Left-winger Steve Bozek was a good skater with a quick release who lasted over 600 games in the NHL. His anticipation and speed made him a dangerous foe on the power play and a useful penalty killer.
The native of Kelowna, B.C. was a top scorer for three years at Northern Michigan University. Bozek was a two-time selection to the CCHA first all-star team and was named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team in 1981. He was taken 52nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings at the 1980 Entry Draft and scored 33 goals as a rookie in 1981-82. That spring Bozek notched four goals as the Kings stunned the heavily favoured Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the post-season.
The young forward's production dropped to 13 goals in 1982-83. In the off-season, the Kings opted to trade him to the Calgary Flames for forward Kevin LaVallee. Bozek was a solid two way forward on the club for four and a half years. In 1986, he contributed eight points in 14 games when Calgary reached the Stanley Cup finals.
Bozek skated briefly with the St. Louis Blues late in 1987-88 season then joined the Vancouver Canucks via trade. He was a fine checker and face-off specialist while adding 46 goals in his three seasons with the club. Following the 1990-91 season, he helped Team Canada win the silver medal at the World Championships. In 1991-92, Bozek scored eight goals for the expansion San Jose Sharks. He spent the 1992-93 season with the Italian club HC Bolzano before retiring.