The late Steve Chiasson was "the kind of guy you wanted to go to war with," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said soon after learning about the tragic death of the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman in 1999. Those sentiments seem to echo predominantly throughout the hockey world when his friends and former teammates speak of him. The words "good guy" and "friend" also come up with regularity.
Chiasson began his trek to the NHL playing Junior B hockey in Peterborough, followed by three years in the OHL with the Guelph Platers where they captured the Ontario championship in 1986. The Platers, led by Chiasson, Gary Roberts, and Kerry Huffman, went on to capture the Memorial Cup later that spring, beating the Hull Olympiques in the championship game in Portland, Oregon 6-2. Chiasson, nicknamed "Tank" by his junior teammates, was recognized as the Memorial Cup tournament MVP.
Chiasson was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, 50th overall. He got his first taste of NHL action in 1986-87 when he played 45 games with the Red Wings, scoring a goal and five points. After splitting his time between Detroit and Adirondack the following year, Chiasson played in 65 games with Detroit in 1988-89, scoring 12 goals and 47 points. He remained with the Red Wings through the 1993-94 season. His best year in Detroit came in 1992-93, when he had 12 goals and 50 assists for a career-high 62 points.
In the shortened 1994-95 season, Chiasson was a member of the Calgary Flames, where he played for two-and-a-half years, before being sent to the Hartford Whalers part-way through the 1996-97 season. The team moved to Raleigh, North Carolina the following year and was re-named the Hurricanes. He played two seasons with the Hurricanes.
Just hours after his club had been eliminated from the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs by the Boston Bruins, Chiasson was killed in an automobile accident while driving home from a friend's home.
In November 1999, the family of Steve Chiasson dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff prior to a game against the Calgary Flames, one of Chiasson's former teams, in remembrance of his 13-year NHL career. Susan Chiasson and her three children went to center ice for the faceoff with Carolina captain Ron Francis and fellow players Glen Wesley and Gary Roberts, who was Chiasson's teammate on that championship junior team in Guelph many years earlier. A 90-second retrospective of Chiasson's career was also played on the large scoreboard early in the first period as the fans and both teams watched closely during a stoppage in play.