Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Heinze
Until being selected by Columbus in the 2000 Expansion Draft, Steve Heinze had always been a Boston boy. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins with their second pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, and went on to play three years for Boston College. While at BC he was named an NCAA First Team All-American and First Team Hockey East All-Star in 1990-91. He left school in 1991 to play for the United States National Team and the U.S. Olympic team.

In March of 1992 he made his first NHL appearance and three weeks later scored his first NHL goal. From 1992-93 on, he was a regular in the Bruins lineup, consistently notching double-digit points. The 1996-97 season was shaping up to be his finest season ever until he was sidelined with knee and abdominal injuries; he had 25 points although he was only able to play in 30 games. He came back the following year to hit career highs in goals and assists in spite of missing several games due to injuries.

The following two seasons he stayed healthy, playing in more than 70 games and representing the United States at the 2000 World Championships. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected him in the June 2000 Expansion Draft, and the Massachusetts native headed West to Ohio for the new team's inaugural season. After only 65 games with Columbus, Heinze was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres where ended the season.

The Los Angeles Kings acquired Heinze in the off-season and he was limited to only 27 games recovering from a concussion.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Lawrence Academy Spartans High-MA 23 26 24 50
1987-88 Lawrence Academy Spartans High-MA 23 30 25 55
1988-89 Boston College Eagles H-East 36 26 23 49 26
1988-89 United States WJC-A 7 2 1 3 2
1989-90 Boston College Eagles H-East 40 27 36 63 41
1990-91 Boston College Eagles H-East 35 21 26 47 35
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 49 18 15 33 38
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 1 3 4 8
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 14 3 4 7 6 -1 7 0 3 3 17
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 73 18 13 31 24 +20 4 1 1 2 2
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 77 10 11 21 32 -2 13 2 3 5 7
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 36 7 9 16 23 0 5 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 76 16 12 28 43 -3 5 1 1 2 4
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 30 17 8 25 27 -8
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 61 26 20 46 54 +8 6 0 0 0 6
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 73 22 18 40 30 +7 12 4 3 7 0
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 75 12 13 25 36 -8
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 0 3 3 8
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 65 22 20 42 38 -19
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 5 7 12 8 +6 13 3 4 7 10
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 15 16 31 46 -15 4 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 5 7 12 12 -5
2002-03 Manchester Monarchs AHL 18 8 9 17 12 +2
NHL Totals 694 178 158 336 379 69 11 15 26 48


Hockey East First All-Star Team (1990)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1990)
Claimed by Columbus from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Traded to Buffalo by Columbus for Buffalo's 3rd round pick (Per Mars) in 2001 NHL Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 4, 2001.
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