Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin Stevens
Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Kevin Stevens had to make a tough choice between his two favorite sports, baseball and hockey. His first love was baseball. As a kid he played catcher, and while attending Boston College he was good enough behind the plate to win tryouts with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies organizations. At 6'3 " and 217 pounds?and by his own admission not a great hitter, Stevens went for hockey. But he was a low draft pick, chosen 108th overall in the sixth round by Los Angeles. Soon after draft day, Stevens was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bouncing around to different teams and the minors would become one of the common elements of his career in hockey. All in all, he has been with Pittsburgh, Boston, the New York Rangers and Los Angeles in the NHL.

He also played for Team USA in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. During that time, fans saw a big improvement in his performance under U.S. Olympic coach Herb Brooks' power skating program. Indeed, in his first game for Pittsburgh after the Games, Stevens scored his first career goal. During his first couple of seasons, Stevens alternated between Muskegon of the IHL and Pittsburgh, going up and down a total of four times in his second season.

Stevens' game really came together in Pittsburgh and the 1991-92 season was especially significant, as he finished the year behind only Mario Lemieux in scoring. Amazingly, Stevens never went more than three games without a point all season. That year and the year after, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Stevens had four straight 40-goal seasons with the Pens and formed the core of a powerhouse team that included Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis. With Lemieux off the ice for most of the 1993-94 season due to injuries and surgery, Stevens gained the spotlight.

In the end, things did work in his favor for a little while, anyway. Stevens was traded to Boston for the 1995-96 season. However, he only stayed long enough to play 41 games in Beantown before he was traded once again, this time to Los Angeles. In 1997 Stevens was traded yet again, to the New York Rangers, where he remained for three years. He became one of the stars on the team after Wayne Gretzky retired in 1999. After some off-ice problems Stevens signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in July 2000 as a free agent.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Silver Lake Lakers High-MA 18 24 27 51
1983-84 Boston College Eagles ECAC 37 6 14 20 36
1984-85 Boston College Eagles H-East 40 13 23 36 36
1985-86 Boston College Eagles H-East 42 17 27 44 56
1986-87 Boston College Eagles H-East 39 35 35 70 54
1986-87 United States WEC-A 8 1 1 2 10
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 44 22 23 45 52
1987-88 United States Olympics 5 1 3 4 2
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 5 2 7 8 -6
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 24 12 3 15 19 -8 11 3 7 10 16
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 45 24 41 65 113
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 29 41 70 171 -13
1989-90 United States WEC-A 10 5 2 7 18
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 40 46 86 133 -1 24 17 16 33 53
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 54 69 123 254 +8 21 13 15 28 28
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 55 56 111 177 +17 12 5 11 16 22
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 83 41 47 88 155 -24 6 1 1 2 10
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 15 12 27 51 0 12 4 7 11 21
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 41 10 13 23 49 +1
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 3 10 13 22 -11
1995-96 United States WC-A 8 4 3 7 12
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 14 20 34 96 -27
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 80 14 27 41 130 -7
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 81 23 20 43 64 -10
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 38 3 5 8 43 -7
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 2 7 9 18 -2
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 8 15 23 55 -4 17 3 3 6 20
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 1 4 5 25 -9
NHL Totals 874 329 397 726 1470 103 46 60 106 170


Hockey East First All-Star Team (1987)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (1987)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1991, 1993)
NHL First All-Star Team (1992) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1992, 1993)
Rights traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles for Anders Hakansson, September 9, 1983. Traded to Boston by Pittsburgh with Shawn McEachern for Glen Murray, Bryan Smolinski and Boston's 3rd round choice (Boyd Kane) in 1996 Entry Draft, August 2, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by Boston for Rick Tocchet, January 25, 1996. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles for Luc Robitaille, August 28, 1997.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 season after entering NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program, January 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 7, 2000. Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia for John Slaney, January 14, 2001.
Missed majority of 2001-02 season for personal reasons, January 30, 2002.