Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Baker
Steve Baker had a sizzling hot introduction to the NHL with the New York Rangers. He lost only one of his first ten starts in 1979-80 and seemed destined to be the Ranger keeper of the future. Instead he played in fewer and fewer games each year, finally getting into only three contests in 1982-83 before ending his playing career in the minors.

Baker first received praise at Union College in Schenectady, New York. In the first two years of the program the team went 46-5, but Baker and several other star players quit the team when the Outchmens celebrated coach, Ned Harkness, was forced to resign in the programs third year. Harkness was known as a keen judge of goalkeeping talent, having sent another college netminder, Ken Dryden of Cornell, to the professional ranks.

He finished the 1982-83 season with the Tulsa Oilers, playing a league-leading 49 games, and after one more season, in the AHL, he retired.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1974-75 Owen Sound Jr. Greys ON-Jr.B 22 5 1.73
1975-76 Union College Dutchmen ECAC 9 8 1 0 0 2.62
1976-77 Union College Dutchmen ECAC 19 16 3 0 0 3.60 2 1 1 0 0 5.00
1977-78 Union College Dutchmen ECAC 5 3 1 1 0 3.20
1977-78 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 10 0 5.07
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 24 15 5 4 1 3.43 5 2 3 0 0 3.43
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 27 9 8 6 1 3.41
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 9 6 1 1 0 3.54
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 25 10 11 4 1 3.57
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 21 10 6 5 2 3.48 14 7 7 0 4.00
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 1 0 0 1 0 4.00
1981-82 Springfield Indians AHL 11 2 7 1 0 5.01
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 6 1 5 0 0 6.04
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 1 0 0 2.94
1982-83 Tulsa Oilers CHL 49 22 27 0 0 3.85
1983-84 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 0 4 1 0 6.09
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 13 5 5 2 0 3.31 6 3 3 0 0 3.91
NHL Totals 57 20 20 11 3 3.70 14 7 7 0 3.99