Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Guolla
Since entering the NHL in 1996-97, left-winger Stephen Guolla has been a decent two way worker for three different clubs. An offensive-minded player, his totals were impressive in junior and the minors but were more understated in the tight-checking NHL.

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Guolla played in the MTHL with the Toronto Wings and Wexford Raiders. He then spent four years at Michigan State and was chosen third overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1994 Supplemental Draft. That year Guolla was also placed on the CCHA second all-star team and named an NCAA west second team all-American.

After scoring 32 goals for the PEI Senators of the AHL in 1995-96, the talented youngster signed with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent. He scored 13 goals for the club in 1996-97 the spent most of the next two seasons with the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades. He scored 100 points for Kentucky in 1998-99 and was named to the AHL second all-star team in 1998 and 1999.

In August, 1999, Guolla was involved in a multi-player transaction that brought him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was a fine defensive role player for the club but was placed on waivers when they decided to look at some other players. Guolla was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers and recorded 13 points in the last 20 games of the season and followed up with 12 goals in 2000-01.

Guolla signed with New Jersey in 2001 and played onto the Devils big-league roster in 2002-03, the year the Devils won their third Stanley Cup in nine years.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Toronto Red Wings MTHL 25 14 20 34
1989-90 Toronto Red Wings MTHL 40 42 47 89
1990-91 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.B 44 34 44 78 34 12 12 16 28
1991-92 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 33 4 9 13 8
1992-93 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 39 19 35 54 6
1993-94 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 41 23 46 69 16
1994-95 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 40 16 35 51 16
1995-96 P.E.I. Senators AHL 72 32 48 80 28 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 43 13 8 21 14 -10
1996-97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 34 22 22 44 10 4 2 1 3 0
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 1 1 2 0 -2
1997-98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 69 37 63 100 45 +15 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 14 2 2 4 6 +3
1998-99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 53 29 47 76 33 +33
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 6 10 16 11 +2
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 20 4 9 13 4 -13
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 63 12 16 28 23 -6
2001-02 Albany River Rats AHL 68 25 35 60 27
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 12 2 0 2 2 +1
2002-03 Albany River Rats AHL 22 11 17 28 4 -2
2003-04 Albany River Rats AHL 7 2 3 5 0 +4
2004-05 Kloten Flyers Swiss 12 4 9 13 4
2005-06 Hannover Scorpions Germany 36 11 14 25 22 10 5 6 11 25
2006-07 HIFK Helsinki Finland 49 11 45 56 44 5 0 0 0 29
2007-08 HIFK Helsinki Finland 50 14 25 39 40 7 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 205 40 46 86 60


CCHA Second All-Star Team (1994)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1994)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1998, 1999)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1998)
Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 22, 1996. Traded to Tampa Bay by San Jose with Bill Houlder, Shawn Burr and Andrei Zyuzin for Niklas Sundstrom and NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Igor Radulov) in 2000 NHL Draft, August 4, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Tampa Bay, March 1, 2000. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 21, 2001.
Missed majority of 2002-03 and 2003-04 due to back injury vs. NY Islanders, November 27, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Kloten (Swiss), April 22, 2004.
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