Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stephane Matteau
A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Stephane Matteau was chosen 25th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft while he was in the midst of a fine junior career with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques. Matteau made his biggest impact in 1988-89 with 44 goals and 202 penalty minutes. Matteau scored 23 goals and played the body consistently during his first pro season with the IHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1989-90. The next year, he scored 15 goals and played a steady defensive game for the Flames as an NHL rookie. Early the next season, he suffered a thigh injury and was eventually traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in December 1991.

The grinding style of Matteau suited Hawks' coach Mike Keenan who used him extensively late in the season and during the club's drive to the 1992 Stanley Cup finals. He was a regular checker over the next two years before the New York Rangers acquired him prior to the March trade deadline in 1994. Matteau's grit and experience were key factors in the team's first Stanley Cup triumph since 1940. In addition to his relentless work ethic, the burly forward also counted two overtime winners in the Eastern Conference finals versus the New Jersey Devils.

Midway through the 1995-96 season, Matteau was traded to the St. Louis Blues where he was a solid performer in all situations. The club was attempting to adapt to the fast pace of the Western Conference so the veteran grinder was sent to the San Jose Sharks for offensive forward Darren Turcotte. Matteau fit in well with the Sharks who had plenty of skill and enthusiasm but lacked grit and playoff experience.

After five seasons in San Jose, Matteau was reunited with his head coach Mike Keenan in Florida, who had coached him in Chicago, New York and St. Louis. On a team which had little grit, Matteau became a calming and welcomed presence to the young Panthers, both on and off the ice. However, Matteau would play only one season with the club before announcing his retirement in the summer of 2003.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 60 6 8 14 19 4 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 5 0 0 0 5
1986-87 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 69 27 48 75 113 8 3 7 10 8
1987-88 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 57 17 40 57 179 18 5 14 19 94
1987-88 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 4 1 2 3 4
1988-89 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 59 44 45 89 202 9 8 6 14 30
1988-89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 9 0 4 4 13
1989-90 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 81 23 35 58 130 10 6 3 9 38
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 78 15 19 34 93 +17 5 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 4 1 0 1 19 +2
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 5 8 13 45 +3 18 4 6 10 24
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 15 18 33 98 +6 3 0 1 1 2
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 15 16 31 55 +10
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 3 7 2 +5 23 6 3 9 20
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 41 3 5 8 25 -8 9 0 1 1 10
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 32 4 2 6 22 -4
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 7 13 20 65 -4 11 0 2 2 8
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 16 20 36 50 +11 5 0 0 0 0
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 15 14 29 60 +4 4 0 1 1 0
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 68 8 15 23 73 +2 5 0 0 0 6
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 12 12 24 61 -3 10 0 2 2 8
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 13 19 32 32 +5 6 1 3 4 0
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 55 7 4 11 15 +4 10 1 2 3 2
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 52 4 4 8 27 -9
2002-03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 0 0 4 0
NHL Totals 848 144 172 316 742 109 12 22 34 80


Missed majority of 1991-92 due to thigh injury vs. Los Angeles, October 10, 1991. Traded to Chicago by Calgary for Trent Yawney, December 16, 1991. Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago with Brian Noonan for Tony Amonte and the rights to Matt Oates, March 21, 1994. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers for Ian Laperriere, December 28, 1995. Traded to San Jose by St. Louis for Darren Turcotte, July 24, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 2, 2002.
Officially announced his retirement, July 29, 2003.