Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Kasper
Steve Kasper was a quick little centre with solid instincts and strong work ethic. He was a capable scorer but his true strength was as a defensive pivot and penalty killer. During his career he became one of the NHL's most effective checkers and was always matched against the top scoring centres on the opposition.

The Montreal native put up significant offensive numbers in junior with the Verdun Epeviers and Sorel Black Hawks of the QMJHL. Kasper topped the 100-point mark twice and scored 57 goals in 1979-80. He was chosen 81st overall by the Boston Bruins in 1980.

After beating out top draft pick Barry Pederson in training camp, the hard working centre played 76 games as a rookie in 1980-81, scoring 56 points and demonstrating unusual poise for a young player. He ended up reaching the 20-goal mark four times in Boston while emerging as one of the best checking centres in the game. He formed an effective defensive troika with Keith Crowder and veteran Wayne Cashman and was often a threat to score while shorthanded. On January 9, 1985 he scored two short-handed goals while killing the same penalty against Toronto during a 5-3 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Kasper's proficient two-way play was rewarded when he won the Frank J. Selke Award in 1982. His excellent work helped the Bruins reach the semi-finals in 1983 and, in 1988, he scored seven goals while helping the reach the final. In 1988-89 the Bruins traded Kasper to the L.A. Kings form homegrown Bobby Carpenter. "The Friendly Ghost" excelled on the West Coast and was a fine third line centre behind Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Nicholls. Kasper later played briefly for the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning before retiring in 1993 after taking part in 821 regular season games and 94 post-season matches.

Kasper returned to hockey in Boston as an assistant coach to Brian Sutter. On July 22, 1994 he was named the head coach of the Providence Bruins of the AHL and led the team to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. On May 25, 1995 he succeeded Sutter as the Bruins' bench boss and led the club to a 91-point season. After a first round playoff ouster at the hands of the Florida Panthers and a disappointing 26 wins in 1996-97, Kasper was replaced by Pat Burns.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Verdun Eperviers QMJHL 63 26 45 71 35 4 2 4 6 0
1978-79 Verdun Eperviers QMJHL 67 37 67 104 53 11 7 6 13 22
1979-80 Verdun/Sorel Blackhawks QMJHL 70 57 65 122 117
1980-81 Sorel Eperviers QMJHL 2 5 2 7 0
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 76 21 35 56 94 +9 3 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 73 20 31 51 72 -18 11 3 6 9 22
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 24 2 6 8 24 -8 12 2 1 3 10
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 27 3 11 14 19 +3 3 0 0 0 7
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 77 16 24 40 33 -12 5 1 0 1 9
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 80 17 23 40 73 -10 3 1 0 1 4
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 79 20 30 50 51 -4 3 0 2 2 0
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 79 26 44 70 35 -1 23 7 6 13 10
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 49 10 16 26 49 -2
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 29 9 15 24 14 0 11 1 5 6 10
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 17 28 45 27 +4 10 1 1 2 2
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 9 19 28 33 +3 10 4 6 10 8
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 3 2 5 10 -3
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 1 3 4 2 -4
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 47 3 4 7 18 -13
NHL Totals 821 177 291 468 554 94 20 28 48 82


Frank J. Selke Trophy (1982) Traded to Los Angeles by Boston for Bob Carpenter to complete transaction that sent Jay Miller to Los Angeles (January 22, 1989), January 23, 1989. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles with Steve Duchesne and Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Aris Brimanis) in 1991 Entry Draft for Jari Kurri and Jeff Chychrun, May 30, 1991.
Missed remainder of 1991-92 due to knee injury vs. Pittsburgh, November 20, 1991. Traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia for Dan Vincelette, December 8, 1992.