Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steven Rice
As a junior player with the Kitchener Rangers, Steven Rice had NHL potential sitting squarely on his shoulders. The challenge would be to confirm if he could stand up to the weight of such expectations, especially once the New York Rangers secured his rights in the 1989 Entry Draft.

In the early going the signs were positive. He captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1991. Afterwards, he turned pro with the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL and then picked up a handful of games in New York leading into the playoffs. But at the close of the season, the Rangers leapt at the chance to bring Mark Messier to Broadway. Part of the price was to send Rice to Edmonton.

With the Oilers, Rice stepped into what is sometimes referred to as the young player's curse, the unenviable situation of replacing an incumbent superstar. In addition to this psychological baggage, he was also assailed with a series of injuries, including two concussions, a separated shoulder, and a broken hand. As a result, he put in lengthy stints with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL during his first two seasons with the Oilers' organization.

In year three, Rice finally got into a more consistent groove, avoiding serious injuries and averaging a point in every other game. But in spite of his improved play, he failed to re-sign with the Oilers. Instead, he went as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers where he enjoyed his most productive NHL phase. For the three campaigns that followed, he put up journeyman's numbers but failed to solidify his defensive game. As such, he never seemed to establish enough confidence to sustain his big-league career.

After the Whalers transferred to Carolina, his self-confidence and defensive play fell completely flat. Rice put in his final 47 NHL games that season and then retired from hockey in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Waterloo Lions Minor-ON 32 17 16 33 87
1986-87 Waterloo Siskins ON-Jr.B 7 4 1 5 10
1987-88 Kitchener Rangers OHL 59 11 14 25 43 4 0 1 1 0
1988-89 Kitchener Rangers OHL 64 36 30 66 42 5 2 1 3 8
1989-90 Kitchener Rangers OHL 58 39 37 76 102 16 4 8 12 24
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 2 0 2 16
1989-90 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 4 4 8 10
1990-91 Kitchener Rangers OHL 29 30 30 60 43 6 5 6 11 2
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 4 1 5 8
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 11 1 1 2 4 +2 2 2 1 3 6
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 8 4 1 5 12 5 2 0 2 2
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -2
1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 45 32 20 52 38 5 4 4 8 10
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 2 5 7 28 -4
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 51 34 28 62 63 14 4 6 10 22
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 17 15 32 36 -10
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 40 11 10 21 61 +2
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 59 10 12 22 47 -4
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 78 21 14 35 59 -11
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 47 2 4 6 38 -16
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 23 17 20 37 15 6 3 2 5 10
2003-04 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 24 18 23 41 24
2004-05 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 29 24 18 42 12
2005-06 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 24 22 13 35 41
2006-07 Brantford Blast OHA-Sr. 2 2 2 4 12 10 6 7 13 16
2007-08 Brantford Blast OHA-Sr. 10 3 6 9 10 10 9 7 16 8
NHL Totals 329 64 61 125 275 2 2 1 3 6


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1990)
OHL Second All-Star Team (1991)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1993)
Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers with Bernie Nicholls and Louie DeBrusk for Mark Messier and future considerations (Jeff Beukeboom for David Shaw, November 12, 1991), October 4, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, August 18, 1994. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997.
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