Steve Janaszak was a solid netminder who enjoyed a fine amateur, minor pro, and international career. His NHL tenure consisted of eight periods in the early 1980s with the Minnesota North Stars and Colorado Rockies.
The St. Paul, Minnesota native was a standout during his four years with the University of Minnesota. Janaszak led the Golden Gophers to two NCAA championships in his four years with the team. In 1979, he was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.
After graduating, Janaszak joined the U.S. national team and was the spare goaltender on the Olympic gold medal team at Lake Placid. In the euphoria after the "Miracle on Ice," he was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota North Stars. A few hours after signing, he was given a one-game audition and looked solid during a 2-2 versus the Buffalo Sabres. A disappointed Janaszak was released by his hometown team since they were deep in net with Gilles Meloche and Don Beaupre.
Janaszak signed with the Colorado Rockies a month later and returned to the NHL for a short time in 1981-82. He was traded to Calgary to add depth to their minor league system prior to the 1982-83 season. Janaszak's four year pro career came to a close when he announced his retirement following the 1982-83 season.