Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Thomas
A hard-working, right-winger with good speed and a quick release, Steve Thomas entered the league in 1984-85, he became one the most consistent scorers in the game with nine 20-goal seasons to his credit.

Born in Stockport, England, Thomas starred in the MTHL with the Markham Waxers and in the OHL with the Toronto Marlboros. After scoring 51 goals for the Marlies in 1983-84, the talented sniper was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his first pro season, he scored 42 goals for the St. Catharines Saints of the AHL and was placed on the league's First All-Star Team. He also won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Award as the top rookie in the AHL.

After starting the 1985-86 season in the AHL, Thomas was recalled to the Leafs and scored 57 points in 65 games. That spring, he scored 14 points in the post-season as Toronto came within a game of reaching the semi-finals. After scoring 35 goals and helping Toronto reach the second round of the playoffs in 1987, Thomas was sent to Chicago with Rick Vaive for Al Secord and Ed Olczyk.

Thomas battled injuries his first two years with the Hawks before scoring 40 goals in 1989-90. In October 1991, he joined the New York Islanders in a trade and helped the club upset the Pittsburgh Penguins while reaching the semi-finals in 1993. Thomas set a career high with 42 goals in 1993-94 but slipped to eleven goals during the lockout-shortened season. Prior to the 1995-96 season, he joined the New Jersey Devils where his lower goal totals reflected the defensive system employed by his new club.

In July 1998, the veteran winger was lured back to Toronto as a free agent. He scored 73 points under Pat Quinn's free flowing system and helped the Leafs reach the semi-finals. After a slow start in 1999-00, he rebounded to score 26 times, but he notched only eight goals in 57 games the next year. A strong post-season in 2001 was not enough to convince the Toronto brass to re-sign him, so Thomas relocated to Chicago for the 2001-02 season and the better part of 2002-03 season before the team traded him to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the latter stages of the season.

Upon his arrival with the Ducks, Thomas was a key contributor to the team's late season success and their drive to the Stanley Cup final. Although the Ducks lost in seven games to the New Jersey Devils, Thomas solidified himself as a valuable asset to the team.

After the Ducks opted not to re-sign the veteran forward, Anaheim's lost was the Detroit Red Wings gain, as the team signed Thomas as a free-agent in the early stages of the 2003-04 season. Thomas would compete in 44 games with the Red Wings in 2003-04 and following the NHL lockout he would try out for the Toronto Maple Leafs only to be cut before start of the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 42 22 25 47 76
1980-81 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 48 68 57 125 113
1981-82 Toronto Marlboros OHL 1 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Toronto Marlboros OHL 61 18 20 38 42
1983-84 Toronto Marlboros OHL 70 51 54 105 77
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 1 1 2 2 -13
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 64 42 48 90 56
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 20 37 57 36 -15 10 6 8 14 9
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 19 18 14 32 35
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 35 27 62 114 -3 13 2 3 5 13
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 30 13 13 26 40 +1 3 1 2 3 6
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 21 19 40 69 -2 12 3 5 8 10
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 40 30 70 91 -3 20 7 6 13 33
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 19 35 54 129 +8 6 1 2 3 15
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 10 5 3 8 12
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 2 6 8 26 -3
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 71 28 42 70 71 +11
1991-92 Canada WC-A 5 2 2 4 4
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 79 37 50 87 111 +3 18 9 8 17 37
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 78 42 33 75 139 -9 4 1 0 1 8
1993-94 Canada WC-A 6 1 5 6 0
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 47 11 15 26 60 -14
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 26 35 61 98 -2
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 2 3 5 29
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 15 19 34 46 +9 10 1 1 2 18
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 55 14 10 24 32 +4 6 0 3 3 2
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 28 45 73 33 +26 17 6 3 9 12
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 26 37 63 68 +1 12 6 3 9 10
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 8 26 34 46 0 11 6 3 9 4
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 34 11 4 15 17 0 5 1 1 2 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 4 13 17 51 0
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 12 10 3 13 2 +10 21 4 4 8 8
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 44 10 12 22 25 +8 6 0 1 1 2
2004-05
NHL Totals 1235 421 512 933 1306 174 54 53 107 187


AHL First All-Star Team (1985)
Dudley ``Red'' Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1985)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, May 12, 1984. Traded to Chicago by Toronto with Rick Vaive and Bob McGill for Al Secord and Ed Olczyk, September 3, 1987. Traded to NY Islanders by Chicago with Adam Creighton for Brent Sutter and Brad Lauer, October 25, 1991. Traded to New Jersey by NY Islanders for Claude Lemieux, October 3, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 30, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 17, 2001.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to ankle injury vs. Calgary, November 15, 2001. Traded to Anaheim by Chicago for Anaheim's 5th round choice (Alexei Ivanov) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, November 5, 2003.