Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Tuttle
Steve Tuttle joined the St. Louis Blues after four decorated seasons at the University of Wisconsin. Tuttle was named to two All-Star Teams and was also an All-American during his collegiate career.

In 1988-89 with his school days behind him, Tuttle joined the St. Louis Blues who had selected him late in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Tuttle stepped right into their NHL lineup and scored 13 goals and 25 points as a rookie. But Tuttle's first season also featured a rather dark chapter as well. On March 22nd, 1989 Tuttle crashed the Buffalo Sabres net and while he and Sabre defenseman Uwe Krupp tangled; Tuttle was upended and his skate blade slashed across goaltender Clint Malarchuck's throat. Before Tuttle could realize what had happened a dazed Malarchuck was skating out of the crease with his jugular severed. Tuttle was able to shake of the shocking incident and Malarchuck incredibly returned that season.

During his second year Tuttle played 71 games for the Blues and maintained his offensive production, however, by his third year things began to change. St. Louis' forward depth was improved with the acquisition of Geoff Courtnall, and later Dan Quinn as well as the return of Cliff Ronning who had played in Europe the previous year. As a result Tuttle played just 20 games with the Blues and spent the rest of his campaign in the minor leagues.

All of the 1991-92 season was also spent in the American Hockey League where Tuttle's scoring touch was evident with a 43 goal, 89-point effort that was worthy of a IHL First All-Star Team berth. The Blues traded Tuttle that summer along with goaltender Pat Jablonski, defenseman Rob Robinson and tough winger Darin Kimble in exchange for future considerations from the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning, who were soon to be drafting their team. Despite joining a first-year franchise, Tuttle was unable to crack the Lightning's roster out of training camp and was assigned to their minor league club. On February 12th, 1993 Tuttle was traded again, this time to the Quebec Nordiques in a four-player trade that brought Herb Raglan to Tampa. The change of scenery did not change Tuttle's luck, however as he again was unable to work his way back up to the NHL.

Tuttle's career would instead end in the minor leagues with all but 38 games of the last five seasons spent with the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals leading up to his retirement in 1998.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Richmond Sockeyes BCJHL 46 46 34 80 22
1984-85 University of Wisconsin WCHA 28 3 4 7 0
1985-86 University of Wisconsin WCHA 32 2 10 12 2
1986-87 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 31 21 52 14
1987-88 University of Wisconsin WCHA 45 27 39 66 18
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 13 12 25 6 +3 6 1 2 3 0
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 12 10 22 4 -6 5 0 1 1 2
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 3 6 9 2 +2 6 0 3 3 0
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 42 24 32 56 8
1991-92 Peoria Rivermen IHL 71 43 46 89 22 10 4 8 12 4
1992-93 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 51 27 34 61 12 4 0 2 2 2
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 22 11 17 28 2
1993-94 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 78 27 44 71 34 4 0 2 2 4
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 38 14 13 27 14
1994-95 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 21 3 1 4 8
1995-96 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 32 35 67 36 5 1 2 3 0
1996-97 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 71 25 19 44 20 3 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 37 7 6 13 26 -1 10 3 4 7 2
NHL Totals 144 28 28 56 12 17 1 6 7 2


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1985)
WCHA Second All-Star Team (1988)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1988)
IHL First All-Star Team (1992)
Traded to Tampa Bay by St. Louis with Pat Jablonski, Darin Kimble, and Rob Robinson for future considerations, June 19, 1992. Traded to Quebec by Tampa Bay with Martin Simard and Michel Mongeau for Herb Raglan, February 12, 1993.
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