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Scott Stevens

• Shoots: Left • Height: 6-2 • Weight: 215 lbs. •
• Born: April 1, 1964 • Kitchener, Ontario •
• Draft: Washington • 1st round (5th overall) • 1982 NHL Entry • from: Kitchener Rangers (OHL) •
• Played: 1982/83 - 2003/04 •
• Hall of Fame: 2007 •

1982 Kitchener Rangers (CHL / Memorial Cup)
1995 New Jersey Devils (NHL)
2000 New Jersey Devils (NHL)
2003 New Jersey Devils (NHL)

International Medals
1991 - Gold • Canada Cup
1996 - Silver • World Cup
1985 - Silver • World Championships (Prague)
1989 - Silver • World Championships (Sweden)
1983 - Bronze • World Championships (West Germany)

1999-00 • Conn Smythe Trophy (NHL)

1982-83 NHL All-Rookie Team (1st)
1987-88 NHL All-Star Team (1st)
1991-92 NHL All-Star Team (2nd)
1993-94 NHL All-Star Team (1st)
1996-97 NHL All-Star Team (2nd)
2000-01 NHL All-Star Team (2nd)

All-Star Games
OHL • 1982
NHL • 1985 / 1989
NHL • 1991 / 1992 / 1993 / 1994 / 1996 / 1997 / 1998 / 1999
NHL • 2000 / 2001 / 2003

All-Star Team Voting
- 83-84 (7th) / 84-85 (5th) / 85-86 (10th) / 86-87 (T10th) / 87-88 (2nd) / 88-89 (11th)
- 90-91 (6th) / 91-92 (4th) / 92-93 (9th) / 93-94 (2nd) / 95-96 (10th) / 96-97 (4th) / 97-98 (5th) / 98-99 (7th) / 99-00 (9th)
- 00-01 (4th) / 01-02 (T20th) / 02-03 (10th)

Calder Trophy Voting
- 82-83 (3rd)

Norris Trophy Voting
- 83-84 (T8th) / 84-85 (5th) / 86-87 (7th) / 87-88 (2nd) / 88-89 (10th)
- 90-91 (7th) / 91-92 (4th) / 92-93 (T10th) / 93-94 (2nd) / 95-96 (T10th) / 96-97 (5th) / 97-98 (4th) / 98-99 (6th) / 99-00 (10th)
- 00-01 (3rd) / 01-02 (T11th) / 02-03 (16th)

Hart Trophy Voting
- 91-92 (11th) / 93-94 (7th)
- 00-01 (15th)


• Games Played
- Career • 1635 (7th all-time / 2nd for defensemen)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 233 (5th all-time / 3rd for defensemen)

• Goals
- Career PLAYOFFS • 26 (13th among defensemen)

• Assists
- 1988-89 NHL 61 (8)
- Career • 712 (48th all-time / 11th for defensemen)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 92 (29th all-time / 11th for defensemen)

• Points
- Career • 908 (96th all-time / 12th for defensemen)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 118 (56th / 11th for defensemen)

• Power Play Goals
- 1984-85 NHL 16 (5)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 12 (13th among defensemen)

• PIMs
- 1984-85 NHL 221 (7)
- 1986-87 NHL 283 (6)
- Career • 2785 (14th / 3rd for defensemen)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 402 (12th / 2nd for defensemen)

• Plus/Minus
- 1993-94 NHL 53 (1)
- 1998-99 NHL 29 (6)
- 1999-00 NHL 30 (4)
- 2000-01 NHL 40 (3)
- Career • 393 (13th / 8th for defensemen)
- 2000 PLAYOFFS 9 (1)
- 2003 PLAYOFFS 14 (1)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 48 (11th / 7th for defensemen)

career stats
gms G A TP PIMs+/- G/gm A/gm PP SH
NHL 1635 196 712 908 2785+393 .12 .44 755
NHL PLAYOFFS 233 26 92 118 378 +34 .11 .39 120
International 49481228     
OHL 69 63642158     

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey

A dominant figure on the blueline of any team with which he played, Scott Stevens will be remembered with great enthusiasm as a great captain, inspiring teammate, outstanding bodychecker and, most important of all, a champion.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey

Playing junior with his hometown Rangers, Stevens and his Kitchener teammates were the Memorial Cup champions in 1982. That summer, Scott was the first round selection of the Washington Capitals, the fifth overall pick in the NHL's Entry Draft.

Debuting that fall with the Capitals, the big, sturdy rearguard earned a regular spot with Washington, and so impressed that pundits that he was selected to the NHL's All-Rookie Team.

Through eight seasons, including a selection to the First All-Star Team in 1987-88, Stevens helped turn around the floundering franchise. His fierce confidence on the blueline made him a favourite with both his teammates and the fans. So, it came as quite a shock when Scott signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues prior to the 1990-91 season. With Brett Hull on the wing and Curtis Joseph in net, the future looked bright for Stevens and the Blues.

Then, to Scott's surprise, in 1991-92, after only one season with St. Louis, he was transferred to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Brendan Shanahan as part of a high-profile arbitration case. In New Jersey he was made team captain. That first season in New Jersey, Scott was elected to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. In 1993-94, he was named to the First All-Star Team.

The captain took on an increased role as inspirational leader of the Devils, who won the Stanley Cup in 1995. The Devils players and fans were galvanized by Stevens' thundering hits on opponents; key psychological elements in the victory. New Jersey won the Stanley Cup again in 2000 and 2003. While Stevens had been a star in the NHL for many years, including All-Star nods in 1996-97 and 2000-01, the 2000 playoffs must be considered Scott's defining moment. His thunderous checks, most notably on Eric Lindros in the semifinals, both inspired and dominated the post-season, and when his Devils won the Cup there was no question that he would be chosen winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the post-season.

Stevens again hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2003, and again was noted for delivering gigantic bodychecks. But although he had gained a reputation as an NHL Iron Man, having played 22 seasons in the NHL and regularly been among the leaders in games played, coming off his third Stanley Cup victory, Stevens' hard-nosed style caught up with him. He missed the majority of the 2003-04 season with post-concussion syndrome. On September 6, 2005, Scott Stevens was forced to retire.

In 1635 regular season games, Stevens collected 196 goals and 712 assists for 908 points, impressive for a defensive specialist. Equally impressive were the 2785 penalty minutes Scott earned - no quarter asked, no quarter given.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier

He is hockey's ultimate warrior. Simply put, Scotty Stevens was a hockey legend with an on-ice presence unparalleled in NHL is with no doubt that Scott Stevens ranks as one of the greatest defensemen of all time. I just thank my lucky stars that I was able to witness his greatness.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
On February 3, 2006, the New Jersey Devils retired a uniform number for the first time in franchise history: Scott Stevens' #4. As video tributes and teammate reflections were aired over the course of that night's ceremony, many words were brought up which characterized the man: fierce, hard-nosed, intense, intimidating, energetic, respected, competitive, heart-and-soul, a winner, a leader, a work-horse.

Stevens developed a niche for himself as a classical, rugged, stay-at-home defenseman who specialized in dealing punishing checks and breaking down the opposition's flow. While he had the ability to put up solid offensive numbers, he understood that playing within the system for the greater good of the team took precedence above all else.

Although initially upset about going to New Jersey, Stevens became an instant fan favorite at the Meadowlands. After a single season, he was awarded for his leadership with the team captaincy, a position he would hold for the balance of his career.

In 1993-94, Stevens exploded offensively with 78 points and led the league in plus-minus with +53. (It is worth noting that not once in his 22 seasons did he have a plus-minus rating in the red, a truly remarkable feat.)
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier

Stevens is quick to credit the Devils, particularly coaches Larry Robinson and Jacques Lemaire, for developing him into a complete defenseman.

"I'm more knowledgeable, more patient,'' Stevens said. "I've learned a lot here under Jacques and Larry about playing defense and good position. Just goes to show, you never stop learning. I probably played over 10 years, then I came here and was taught a lot of new things.''

In spite of his accomplishments and larger-than-life stature, Stevens always carried with him a blue-collar work ethic, a deep Canadian-rooted humility, and an awe of the game he played.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier

In New Jersey, Stevens gained league-wide notoriety for his devastating open-ice hits, many of which rendered opponents unconscious. Notable victims of Scott Stevens hits in the past include Slava Kozlov during the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals, Eric Lindros during the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals, and Paul Kariya during the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. They didn't call him "Captain Crunch" for nothing!

[B]As devastating as his hits were, they were always clean and legal. One NHL broadcast mentioned that only three times in his entire NHL career had Stevens been tagged for elbowing.[/B}

I can not think of a defenseman that I've seen personally who had the same on ice presence as Stevens. You might have to go back to the days of Tim Horton or at least an angry Larry Robinson to find a defenseman so strong, so physical, so unforgiving and so feared for his body checks.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier

Stevens' international resume was loaded as well. He represented Canada at the '98 Winter Olympics, the '96 World Cup of Hockey, the '91 Canada Cup, and four World Championships during the '80s.

Interestingly, during the '89 World Championships, Stevens took a skate to the face, courtesy of his boyhood idol Borje Salming, which resulted in a gash requiring 88 stitches to seal up. Ever the warrior, Stevens missed a mere game, and, wearing a protective visor, came back to score the game-winning goal against Czechoslovakia, giving Canada the silver medal. This is but one in a vast sea of anecdotes which capture Stevens' love for the game and drive to be on top.

Despite his highly decorated resume, somehow Scott Stevens never won a Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. It is almost mind-boggling that he was never so recognized.

"I've always said that Scott Stevens should've won a Norris Trophy at some point in his career," former teammate Bobby Holik said. "Well, they don't give out the Norris Trophy in the Playoffs, but I'm his biggest fan. As a hockey player, he's one of a kind."

Somehow I don't think Scott Stevens would trade any of his Stanley Cups or his Conn Smythe Trophy for a Norris Trophy.
Originally Posted by Eric Lindros

"With Scott, you know exactly what you're going to get from him," Lindros said of his longtime nemesis. "There's no question, you're aware of his presence on the ice. He's still definitely a premier defenseman in the league because of the desire he has on the ice. His style out on the ice certainly shows how much he wants to win."
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated

Stevens named Stanley Cup MVP

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Scott Stevens doesn't have to live in the shadow of the NHL's more celebrated defensemen any more. Not with a Stanley Cup -- and a Conn Smythe Trophy.

Stevens, whose stubborn defense and brutal bodychecks helped bring the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey, was voted the MVP of the playoffs as New Jersey defeated the defending champion Dallas Stars 2-1 in the second overtime Saturday night to win the best-of-seven series 4-2.

"Scottie's been a tower of strength," coach Larry Robinson said. "He's got that 'C' for a reason."

Stevens is the first defenseman since the New York Rangers' Brian Leetch in 1994 to win the Conn Smythe. This Stanley Cup playoffs had been seen as Ray Bourque's chance to finally get his name on the Cup. It ended up as Stevens' chance to show he deserves to be mentioned with the likes of Bourque, Chris Pronger and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Originally Posted by SB Nation: Washington Capitals History

Scott Stevens: The Most Effective Draft Choice In Caps History

Nearly thirty years after drafting Scott Stevens, the Capitals are still reaping the rewards of the pick (even as fans still feel the pain).

When the Caps traded xxxx xxxxx and a pick for xxxx xxxxxxx and then drafted xxxxx xxxxxxxx at the NHL's annual entry draft last summer, they did so using the assets they'd acquired when they'd shipped xxxxxx xxxxxxxxto Colorado a year earlier. xxxxxxxx himself was selected a few years earlier with a pick the Caps had received from Nashville in return for xxxxxxx xxxx on whom Washington spent a 1993 first-round pick that they'd been awarded as compensation when the St. Louis Blues signed Caps' 1982 first-round pick, Restricted Free Agent Scott Stevens.

Shorter version: two guys on whom the Caps' short- and long-term success depends are residuals from a pick the team made nearly thirty years ago.

Back in December of 2006, Eric Duhatschek had a post over at the Globe and Mail asking (rhetorically), "What was the single most effective draft choice in NHL history?" He asserts that "it was the Atlanta Flames’ decision to select xxxx xxxxxxx in the fourth round, 64th overall, in the 1976 entry draft." xxxxxxx had a heck of a career of his own, but was eventually traded by the Flames for the picks that became Hall-of-Famer xxx xxxxxxxxxxx (who won a Cup in Calgary and two more elsewhere) and xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx (who played nearly 1,000 games in the League, won a Cup in New York, and, as you might have heard, once scored a big goal). xxxxxxxxxxx, in turn, was later traded for a young Jarome Iginla, now a surefire Hall-of-Famer in his own right. Now that's getting some serious mileage out of a single pick.

The question got me to thinking about who was the single most "effective" pick in Capitals history. While the argument could be made that xxxxx xxxxxxxxx (who eventually begot xxxxx xxxxxx and xxxx xxxxxx), a stronger case can be made that it was Stevens.

While Stevens was in D.C. patrolling the blueline (his arrival coinciding with Rod Langway's), the Caps didn't miss the playoffs once and three times topped 100 points in the standings. Stevens averaged .71 points per game for the Caps and is still second on the team in career points by a defenseman (xxxxx xxxxxxxx is first).

..........With one pick, the Caps have gotten more than 3,000 man-games, including more than 2,500 on the blueline. Of course, that's of little consolation to fans who would have prefered all 1,868 of Stevens'... especially if they included those three Cups.

Regardless, there's still a lot of upside to be had from that initial pick, and there is no doubt that Scott Stevens is the gift that keeps on giving for the Caps.
Originally Posted by New York Daily News

Mark Messier, Scott Stevens make one Hall of a pair

Mark Messier and Scott Stevens are now both in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mark Messier couldn't wait to get to the Rangers. Scott Stevens vowed he'd never play for the Devils.

Messier was a natural in front of an audience and relished the responsibility of being a leader. Stevens was an introverted sort who believed his actions spoke for themselves.

The two could not have been more different as personalities. But on the ice, the two shared the most important characteristic: They'd do anything to win.

And last night in Toronto, fittingly, Messier and Stevens strode into the Hall of Fame together.

One of the game's most ferocious forwards, Messier was instrumental in redefining the Rangers upon his arrival in a 1991 trade. One of its most devastating defensemen, Stevens did the same for the Devils.
Originally Posted by The Bleacher Report

Arturs Irbe suggested during the 2001 Playoffs that his hits were dirty and that he was deliberately trying to kill players or knock them out for the playoffs.

Stevens retorted, "What kind of respect do I get? Just because I'm a physical player, it's O.K. to come at me and do what you want? Hey, it's a hockey game. It's not figure skating.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Guys

Today Scott Stevens is an assistant coach with the Devils, working with the teams defense and what better a teacher could be had? He also works with his organization, “Scotts kids”, which helps victims families from the tragic September 11th terrorist attacks.

No Scott Stevens will likely never receive any Christmas cards from Eric Lindros or Paul Kariya. He will never be confused for a lazy player and he will be remembered as a blueliner who entered the Hall Of Fame on his first try.

A player who delivered hard bone crushing hits yet never having to apologize for his style of play.

He could change the momentum of a game, or even the dynamic of a team all on his own. All in all, Scott Stevens could do it all.

He truly had the Stuff of Legends.
Originally Posted by Eugene Markman - Broad Street Buzz

I don’t care how good of an actual defenseman he was, how good of a leader, and all the other stuff. Scott Stevens was dirty and I will hate him forever.

Originally Posted by Scott Stevens
“I loved the physical part of the game, it's the part of the game I grew up loving.”

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