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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fourth round
81 overall by Boston Bruins
Born September 28, 1961
Height: 5-8 Weight: 160
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
St. Lambert, Quebec
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was on Verdun team that returned to its original home in
Sorel in January 1980.
| Debut: October 9, 1980 (N.Y. Rangers at
Numbers: 11 (Boston); 11
(L.A.); 15 (Philadelphia); 11 (Tampa Bay)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1993
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||BOS, LA, PHI, TB||821
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||Boston, Los Angeles||94
AWARDS AND HONORS
Selke Trophy: 1981-82 (Boston)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1988 (Boston)
Boston Seventh Player Award (Unsung Hero): 1980-81
Boston Gallery Gods Trophy: 1980-81
Los Angeles Best Defensive Player: 1989-90, 1990-91
1992-93: Played on first Tampa Bay Lightning team.
Career: Named Boston assistant coach during 1993-94 season and remained in
that position through until July 22, 1994. ... Named Boston head coach on May
25, 1995, and remained in that position until April 18, 1997.
Miscellaneous: Scored 11,000th regular-season goal in Boston Bruins
franchise history on Nov. 22, 1980, vs. Washington. ... Played on line with
Keith Crowder and Wayne Cashman for Boston in 1980-81. ... Finished third in
voting for 1980-81 Selke Trophy. ... Missed parts of 1981-82 season with hip
pointer, an injury suffered during Boston's Oct. 17, 1981, game at Los
Angeles, and with pulled stomach muscles, an injury suffered in November 1981.
... Became first and only Boston player and first player other than Bob Gainey to win Selke Trophy as
NHL's top defensive forward when he achieved feat in 1981-82. ... Was famous
for his ability to shut down Wayne Gretzky with a defensive-shadowing
technique during his playing days in Boston. ... Missed most of 1982-83 season
with torn capsule in left shoulder, an injury that had nagged him through
start of 1982-83 season. The injury required arthroscopic surgery to remove
torn cartilage on Nov. 9, 1982, and then major reconstructive surgery on Dec. 7, 1982,
because Kasper continued to experience trouble in four games played with
Boston from Nov. 21-27, 1983. After the Dec. 7 surgery, Kasper did not return
to action until Boston's March 24, 1983, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part
of 1983 playoffs with concussion, an injury suffered during Game 6 of
Boston's Adams Division finals series vs. Buffalo on April 20, 1983. ...
Missed most of 1983-84 season with separated left shoulder, an injury suffered
during Boston's Nov. 24, 1983, game vs. Quebec. The injury required surgery on
Jan. 7, 1984, and was re-aggravated when Kasper returned to action too early
in February 1984. After re-aggravating the injury, he did not return to
Boston's lineup until March 20, 1984. ... Scored Boston's only hat trick of
the 1984-85 season on Nov. 25, 1984, vs. Montreal. ... Missed part of 1984-85
season with charley horse. ... Missed start of 1986-87 season after returning
home to Montreal so that he could be with his wife after she gave birth to
couple's first child, a son named Jordan, who had been born premature. ...
Played on line with Cam Neely for Boston from 1986-87 season until leaving
team during1988-89 season. ... Missed remainder of 1987 playoffs with slight concussion, an injury suffered
during Game 3 of Boston's first-round series vs. Montreal on April 11, 1987.
runner-up to Guy Carbonneau for Selke Trophy in 1987-88. ... Missed part of
1988-89 season with the flu, contracted in January 1989. ... Missed part of
1989-90 season with the flu. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with ruptured
sinus cavity and fractured eye socket, an injury suffered during Los Angeles'
Jan. 2, 1991, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed remainder
of 1991-92 season with torn ACL in right knee, an injury suffered during Philadelphia's Nov.
game vs. Edmonton. He underwent arthroscopic surgery for the injury on Dec. 2,
1991. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with bruised shoulder, an injury
suffered during Tampa Bay's Jan. 30, 1993, game at Minnesota. ... Retired
after 1992-93 season due to chronic concussions. ... Was NHL's youngest head
coach from start of 1995-96 seaon until Paul Maurice was hired by Hartford on
Nov. 6, 1995.
|Post-Draft Teams: Sorel (QMJHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Coaching Career: Named Providence (AHL)
head coach on July 22, 1994, and remained in that position until May 25, 1995.
Miscellaneous: Never played in
minor leagues. ... Had off-season home in Ellenburg Depot, N.Y., during playing days.
... Became part-time player agent after coaching career ended in 1997. NHL
player Andre Savage was his primary client. ... Opened annual summer ice
hockey school in Salem, Mass., in 2002, while working as director of hockey
programs for Salem's IceCenter.
Personal: Nicknamed "The Friendly
Ghost." ... Full name is Stephen Neil Kasper. ... Older brother of former
QMJHL players Dave Kasper and Peter Kasper.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Boston traded Kasper to Los Angeles in
exchange for Bobby Carpenter on January 23, 1989. The deal completed a trade
made the previous day when Boston sent Jay Miller to Los Angeles for
future considerations on January 22, 1989. The Kasper-for-Carpenter deal
therefore fulfilled the future considerations of the Miller trade.||
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