Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Stevens
Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario in the seventies, Scott Stevens became a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a result, it is no surprise that he became a defenceman, because his favourite player was Toronto's outstanding blueliner, Borje Salming.

Playing junior with his hometown Rangers, Stevens and his Kitchener teammates were the Memorial Cup champions in 1982. That summer, Scott was the first round selection of the Washington Capitals, the fifth overall pick in the NHL's Entry Draft.

Debuting that fall with the Capitals, the big, sturdy rearguard earned a regular spot with Washington, and so impressed that pundits that he was selected to the NHL's All-Rookie Team.

Through eight seasons, including a selection to the First All-Star Team in 1987-88, Stevens helped turn around the floundering franchise. His fierce confidence on the blueline made him a favourite with both his teammates and the fans. So, it came as quite a shock when Scott signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues prior to the 1990-91 season. With Brett Hull on the wing and Curtis Joseph in net, the future looked bright for Stevens and the Blues.

Then, to Scott's surprise, in 1991-92, after only one season with St. Louis, he was transferred to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Brendan Shanahan as part of a high-profile arbitration case. In New Jersey he was made team captain. That first season in New Jersey, Scott was elected to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. In 1993-94, he was named to the First All-Star Team.

The captain took on an increased role as inspirational leader of the Devils, who won the Stanley Cup in 1995. The Devils players and fans were galvanized by Stevens' thundering hits on opponents; key psychological elements in the victory. New Jersey won the Stanley Cup again in 2000 and 2003. While Stevens had been a star in the NHL for many years, including All-Star nods in 1996-97 and 2000-01, the 2000 playoffs must be considered Scott's defining moment. His thunderous checks, most notably on Eric Lindros in the semifinals, both inspired and dominated the post-season, and when his Devils won the Cup there was no question that he would be chosen winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the post-season.

Stevens again hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2003, and again was noted for delivering gigantic bodychecks. But although he had gained a reputation as an NHL Iron Man, having played 22 seasons in the NHL and regularly been among the leaders in games played, coming off his third Stanley Cup victory, Stevens' hard-nosed style caught up with him. He missed the majority of the 2003-04 season with post-concussion syndrome. On September 6, 2005, Scott Stevens was forced to retire.

In 1635 regular season games, Stevens collected 196 goals and 712 assists for 908 points, impressive for a defensive specialist. Equally impressive were the 2785 penalty minutes Scott earned - no quarter asked, no quarter given.

Outside his NHL career, Stevens also represented Canada on the international stage at the World Championships in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989, the Canada Cup in 1991 and the World Cup of Hockey in 1996. In 1998, Scott was selected as part of Team Canada competing in the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

A dominant figure on the blueline of any team with which he played, Scott Stevens will be remembered with great enthusiasm as a great captain, inspiring teammate, outstanding bodychecker and, most important of all, a champion.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Kitchener Ranger B's ON-Jr.B 39 7 33 40 82
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 68 6 36 42 158 15 1 10 11 71
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 0 2 2 11
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 77 9 16 25 195 +14 4 1 0 1 26
1982-83 Canada WEC-A 10 0 2 2 8
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 78 13 32 45 201 +26 8 1 8 9 21
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 80 21 44 65 221 +19 5 0 1 1 20
1984-85 Canada WEC-A 8 1 2 3 6
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 73 15 38 53 165 0 9 3 8 11 12
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 77 10 51 61 283 +13 7 0 5 5 19
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 2 0 1 1 2
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 80 12 60 72 184 +14 13 1 11 12 46
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 80 7 61 68 225 +1 6 1 4 5 11
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 7 2 1 3 2
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 4 1 4 5 15
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 56 11 29 40 154 +1 15 2 7 9 25
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 5 44 49 150 +23 13 0 3 3 36
1991-92 Canada Can-Cup 8 1 0 1 4
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 68 17 42 59 124 +24 7 2 1 3 29
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 12 45 57 120 +14 5 2 2 4 10
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 83 18 60 78 112 +53 20 2 9 11 42
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 2 20 22 56 +4 20 1 7 8 24
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 5 23 28 100 +7
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 8 0 2 2 4
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 5 19 24 70 +26 10 0 4 4 2
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 4 22 26 80 +19 6 1 0 1 8
1997-98 Canada Olympics 6 0 0 0 2
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 5 22 27 64 +29 7 2 1 3 10
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 8 21 29 103 +30 23 3 8 11 6
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 9 22 31 71 +40 25 1 7 8 37
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 1 16 17 44 +15 6 0 0 0 4
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 4 16 20 41 +18 24 3 6 9 14
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 38 3 9 12 22 +3
2004-05
NHL Totals 1635 196 712 908 2785 233 26 92 118 402


Brother of Mike
NHL All-Rookie Team (1983)
NHL First All-Star Team (1988, 1994)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1992, 1997, 2001)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (1994)
Conn Smythe Trophy (2000) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 16, 1990. Transferred to New Jersey from St. Louis as compensation for St. Louis' signing of free agent Brendan Shanahan, September 3, 1991.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to concussion vs. Pittsburgh, January 7, 2004. Officially announced his retirement, September 6, 2005.