Thomas Steen was born on June 8, 1960, and he first played hockey with Grums IK. Later he joined one of Sweden's strongest clubs, Leksand, and then moved to Farjestad, where his partner in offense was Hakan Loob. Swedish coach Tommy Sandlin gave Steen high praise, calling him "a particularly intelligent and competent player."
Under Sweden's flag, Steen played in 75 official games and won two silver medals at the 1981 World Championship in Gothenburg and at the 1986 World Championship in Moscow. He believes his most memorable contest was the 1984 Canada Cup, when his partners in offense were Kent Nilsson and Hakan Loob. Thanks mainly to their efforts, Sweden took second place in the contest. On Sweden's list of "Great Men," Steen is in 128th position.
Steen played with the NHL's Winnipeg Jets for 14 seasons and was also team captain. While in the NHL, Steen played in 950 games and scored 264 goals. When he ended his career with the Jets in 1994, his number 25 jersey was raised in Winnipeg's hockey arena. Only one other Jets player before him had been so honored the legendary Bobby Hull.
At the end of his career in Canada, Steen returned to Europe, where in the 1996-97 season he played for Eisbaren in Berlin, Germany. Today he is assistant coach for Vastra Frolunda, where his son Alexander plays for the junior team, carrying on a family tradition.