Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Gotaas
Centre Steve Gotaas played parts of three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars in the 80s and 90s. He was a top scorer in junior and the minors and also competed briefly in Europe.

Born in Camrose, Alberta. Gotaas was chosen 86th overall by the Pens in 1985 while he was in the midst of a fine career with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. He was returned to junior and scored 93 goals over his last two amateur seasons. Gotaas showed glimpses of potential while splitting the 1987-88 season between Pittsburgh and the IHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks. A few months later he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars where he was used chiefly as a farmhand.

After scoring 34 goals for the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings in 1991-92, Gotaas signed with Dusseldorfer EG of Germany. Before the end of the 1992-93 season he joined the Klangenfurter team of Austria. The veteran winger retired in 1994 after playing 39 games for the Las Vegas Thunder of the "I".

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Camrose Bulldogs AAHA
1983-84 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 65 10 22 32 47 5 0 1 1 0
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 32 41 73 66 13 3 6 9 17
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders M-Cup 5 4 1 5 0
1985-86 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 61 40 61 101 31 20 8 14 22 8
1986-87 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 68 53 55 108 94 8 5 6 11 16
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 5 6 11 45 -11
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 34 16 22 38 4
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 1 3 4 6 -1 3 0 1 1 5
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 19 9 16 25 34
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 30 24 22 46 12 5 2 3 5 2
1989-90 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 78 30 49 79 88 7 3 5 8 4
1991-92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 72 34 29 63 115 12 4 10 14 20
1992-93 Dusseldorfer EG Germany 30 4 16 20 20
1992-93 Klagenfurter AC Austria 11 3 4 7
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 39 4 13 17 43 4 0 0 0 28
NHL Totals 49 6 9 15 53 3 0 1 1 5


Traded to Minnesota by Pittsburgh with Ville Siren for Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad, December 17, 1988.