Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Christoff
Mention the name Steve Christoff, and hockey trivia buffs will no doubt identify him as one of the heroes of the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. After playing two years in the NCAA with the University of Minnesota, Christoff joined a team of young, unknown American college players and went on to shock the Soviets and the rest of the world, by winning the 1980 Olympic gold medal. Christoff, who scored 37 goals and 64 points in as many games for the U.S. National Team, was certainly one of the more gifted goal scorers on that young, inexperienced club.

Christoff was selected in the second round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, 24th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars. It seemed his life could be no better. He grew up in hockey crazy Minnesota, starred for his home state's university hockey team, won an Olympic gold medal, and was now going to have the opportunity to play professional hockey there as well.

After the Olympics, Christoff joined the North Stars for 20 games, scoring eight goals and 15 points. The next year, he suited up for 56 games, netting 26 goals and 39 points. In 1981-82, he appeared in 69 games, scoring 26 goals and 55 points, a career high.

Although he was an extremely popular figure in Minnesota, Christoff was in Calgary for the 1982-83 season, but he was used in just 45 games, scoring nine goals and 17 points. In 1983-84, Christoff played his final season in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings, starting 58 games, scoring eight goals and 15 points. Christoff ended his NHL career having played in 248 games, scoring 77 goals and 141 points.

Christoff was one of three players from the 1980 Olympic team to have been drafted by the Minnesota North Stars, the others being Neil Broten and Phil Verchota.
With the return of NHL hockey to Minnesota with the creation of the Wild in 2000, the club honored former state players such as Christoff, fellow Olympian Neal Broten and Tom Reid, all one-time members of the North Stars, during a pre-game ceremony.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Richfield Spartans High-MN
1976-77 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 7 9 16 20
1977-78 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 32 34 66 18
1978-79 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 38 39 77 50
1978-79 United States WEC-A 8 3 2 5 4
1979-80 United States Nat-Tm 57 35 26 61 22
1979-80 United States Olympics 7 2 1 3 6
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 20 8 7 15 19 +3 14 8 4 12 7
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 2 0 2 0
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 56 26 13 39 58 -9 18 8 8 16 16
1980-81 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 3 1 0 1 0
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 6 1 5 6 4
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 26 29 55 14 +9 2 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 45 9 8 17 4 -3 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 8 7 15 13 -19
NHL Totals 248 77 64 141 108 35 16 12 28 25


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1978)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1979)
Traded to Calgary by Minnesota with Bill Nyrop and St. Louis' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Calgary selected Dave Reierson) in 1982 Entry Draft for Willi Plett and Calgary's 4th round choice (Dusan Pasek) in 1982 Entry Draft, June 7, 1982. Traded to Minnesota by Calgary with Calgary's 2nd round choice (Frantisek Musil) in 1983 Entry Draft for Mike Eaves and Keith Hanson, June 8, 1983. Traded to Los Angeles by Minnesota with Fred Barrett for Dave Lewis, October 3, 1983.