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|1983 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 108 overall by Los Angeles Kings
April 15, 1965
Center / Left Wing|
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Silver Lake (Mass. High School)
Brockton, Massachusetts (USA)
Hometown: Halifax, Massachusetts
||Silver Lake||Mass. H.S.
||Silver Lake||Mass. H.S.
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Mass. H.S. All-Scholastic First Team: 1981-82,
Silver Lake Captain: 1981-82 and 1982-83
Miscellaneous: Attended Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston,
Mass. ... Was named his high school conference's co-MVP in 1981-82 and MVP
in 1982-83. ... Played center for most of his high school hockey career, but
became a full-time left wing after the draft. ... Was also star high school
baseball player, recruited to play catcher on Boston College's baseball team
in addition to hockey. Tried out with Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia
Phillies during college career.
| Debut: March 1, 1988 (Minnesota at Pittsburgh)|
Numbers: 25 (Pitt.); 25
(Boston); 25 (LA); 17 (NYR); 25 (Philadelphia)
Retired January 2002
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
L.A., NYR, Phila.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
NHL All-Star First Team: 1991-92 (Pittsburgh)
All-Star First Team: 1991-92 (Pittsburgh)
Second Team: 1990-91, 1992-93 (Pittsburgh)
Sporting News All-Star
Second Team: 1990-91 (Pittsburgh)
1991, 1992, 1993 (Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh Good Guy Award (Media Vote): 1992-93
NHL Records: Most goals in one season by a U.S.-born player (55 in
1992-93, shares record)
Pittsburgh Records: Fastest regular-season overtime goal (0:13 vs.
N.Y. Rangers on March 21, 1991, shares record), most points by a left wing
in one season (123 in 1991-92), most goals by a left wing in one season (55
in 1992-93), most power-play goals by a left wing in one season (26 in
1992-93), most assists by a left wing in one season (69 in 1991-92), most
career playoff penalty minutes (170), most goals in one playoff year (17 in
1991), most shots on goal in one playoff game (12 vs. Washington on April
29, 1992, shares record)
100-Point Seasons: 1991-92 (Pitt.) (123), 1992-93 (Pitt.) (111)
50-Goal Seasons: 1991-92 (Pittsburgh) (54), 1992-93 (Pittsburgh) (55)
NHL Playoffs Goals Leader: 1991 (Pittsburgh) (17 goals)
Leader: 1990-91 (40, tie), 1991-92 (54), 1992-93 (55), 1993-94 (41)
Leader: 1989-90 (171), 1990-91 (133), 1991-92 (252)
Leader: 1991 (17)
Pittsburgh Playoffs Assists
Leader: 1993 (11, tie)
Broadcasting Career: Served as part-time studio analyst for ESPN2
during 1998 and 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Named Pittsburgh part-time
radio color commentator on Sept. 27, 2002, and remained in that position
through 2002-03 season.
Miscellaneous: Joined Pittsburgh for balance of 1987-88 season after
competing in 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary. He signed with the Penguins on
Feb. 26, 1988. ... Scored goal and had assist in his first NHL game. The
goal, at 4:29 of the first period, beat Minnesota goalie Don Beaupre to give
Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead in a game the Penguins went on to win 8-3. ... Missed
part of 1989-90 season with hip pointer, an injury suffered during
Pittsburgh's Feb. 6, 1990, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Played on line with
Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for Pittsburgh from 1990-91 through 1995 seasons. ... Led Pittsburgh with
18 power-play goals, 253 shots on goal and 18 road goals in 1990-91. ... Set
Pittsburgh record (since broken) for points in one season by a left wing
with 86 in 1990-91. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week ending Oct. 14,
1990. ... Tied for second-highest NHL mark total goals in one playoff
year with 17 goals in 1991. ... Scored four goals for Pittsburgh on Nov. 29,
1991, at Philadelphia. ... Named NHL Player of Month for November 1991. ...
Voted as starting left wing for Wales Conference in 1992 NHL All-Star Game.
... Became first player in NHL history to record 100 points, 50 goals and
200 penalty minutes in the same season when he achieved feat in 1991-92. ...
Finished second in NHL with 123 points and 54 goals in 1991-92. ... Set NHL
single-season records (since broken) for points by a left wing (123),
assists by a left wing (69) and points by a U.S.-born player (123) in
1991-92. ... Was Pittsburgh's team representative to NHLPA from 1991-92
season through 1995 season. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with damaged
cartilage in left knee, a pre-existing injury aggravated during Pittsburgh's Nov. 5, 1992,
game vs. St. Louis. The injury, which dated back to Pittsburgh's 1992
training camp, required arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 6, 1992, and he
did not return to action until Pittsburgh's Nov. 25, 1992, game vs. N.Y.
Rangers. ... Suspended by
NHL for one game during 1992-93 season (automatic suspension) for receiving
his third game misconduct of season during Pittsburgh's March 9, 1993, game
vs. Boston. ... Missed part of 1992-93
season with bronchitis, an illness contracted in April 1993. ... Suffered
broken sinus bone and broken nose when his face was crushed in a collision
with Rich Pilon during Game 7 of Pittsburgh's second-round
playoff series vs. N.Y. Islanders on May 14, 1993. The injury required
postseason surgery on May 15, 1993. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with
the flu, an illness contracted in December 1993. ... Was Pittsburgh's nominee for 1993-94 Masterton Trophy. ...
Missed part of 1995 season with hairline fracture of left ankle, an injury
suffered when he was hit by teammate Larry Murphy's slap shot during
Pittsburgh's Feb. 4, 1995, game vs. Tampa Bay. He did not return to action
until Pittsburgh's March 19, 1995, game at Ottawa. He had two assists in
that game. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with sore back, an injury
suffered during Los Angeles' Jan. 27, 1996, game vs. Anaheim. ... Missed
part of 1995-96 season with hip flexor injury, suffered during Los Angeles'
Feb. 8, 1996, game vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with small
fracture in left fibula, an injury suffered during Los Angeles' Feb. 28,
1996, game vs. Tampa Bay. He did not return to action until Los Angeles'
March 27, 1996, game at Edmonton. ... Missed parts of 1996-97 season with
concussion, an injury suffered during Los Angeles' Oct. 15, 1996, game vs.
Philadelphia, and with back spasms, an injury suffered during Los Angeles'
Nov. 23, 1996, game vs. Detroit. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with
bruised left ankle, an injury suffered during Los Angeles' Feb. 20, 1997,
game vs. Anaheim. He did not return to action until Los Angeles' March 10,
1997, game vs. Detroit. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with knee injury,
suffered during Los Angeles' April 5, 1997, game vs. Dallas. ... Missed
parts of 1997-98 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during N.Y.
Rangers' Oct. 8, 1997, game at Edmonton, and with the flu, an illness
contracted in March 1998. ... Scored his 300th NHL goal for N.Y. Rangers on
Dec. 26, 1998, at Carolina. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with flu, an
illness contracted in November 1999. ... Signed one-year, $600,000 contract with Philadelphia
as Group III unrestricted free agent on July 7, 2000. ... Wore No. 17 in
Philadelphia's 2000 training camp. ... Missed part of 2000-01 season with
strained quadriceps, suffered in Philadelphia's Nov. 2, 2000,
game vs. Nashville. ... Missed remainder of 2000-01 regular season with
sprained knee, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's March 27, 2001, game
vs. Buffalo. He did not return until Game 1 of Pittsburgh's
first-round playoff series at Washington on April 12, 2001. ... Missed
remainder of 2001 playoffs with knee injury, suffered during Game 4 of
Pittsburgh's Eastern Conference finals game vs. New Jersey on May 19, 2001.
... Re-signed with Pittsburgh as a Group III unrestricted free agent on June
11, 2001. ... Missed remainder
of 2001-02 season after opting to retire in January 2002. He first left
the team Jan. 10, 2002, and went home to consider retirement. Unhappy
with his playing time and seeking counseling for a personal problem, he later met with Pittsburgh general manager Craig Patrick, and
eventually decided to retire.
Busted by Police: Stevens made national headlines for all
the wrong reasons in the 1999-00 season when he was arrested in a suburban
St. Louis motel room, where police found him in possession of crack cocaine
and $3,000 cash, as well as in the company of a prostitute named Pamela
Velia. The arrest took place in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 2000,
following the N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 22, 2000, game at St. Louis. Veila later
told police that Stevens had been smoking crack in the back of a cab in East
St. Louis, Ill., when he asked the driver to pull over and offer Velia a
ride. She said Stevens then paid her $500 and bought more drugs from a
dealer on the street. He then had the cab driver take himself and Velia to a
Travelodge motel in Collinsville, Ill., where he was eventually arrested
after motel management reported suspicious noise coming from the room. Velia
said she and Stevens never got around to having sex, because they were still
in the process of smoking crack when police entered the room. Stevens later
claimed he never actually smoked any crack, although he initially signed a
statement claiming he had done so. He also said drug paraphernalia found in
the room did not belong to him, but rather to other people -- perhaps
friends of Velia's -- who had joined them in the hotel room. He was charged
with possession of drugs and soliciting a prostitute, but eventually had his
charge reduced to felony drug possession. As a first-time offender, he was
able to avoid a prison sentence. At the time of the arrest, Stevens' wife
was home expecting the couple's third child, adding to the public
humiliation to which Stevens was subjected. After his release on bail,
Stevens entered the NHL/NHLPA substance-abuse program, bringing an abrupt
end to his 1999-00 season. He spent eight weeks in the program in
Connecticut and continued his treatment with Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Stevens said he had previously been an alcoholic for years, but his
unfortunate night in St. Louis was one of the few times in 16 months that he
not been sober.
Boston College (ECAC/HE); Team USA; Muskegon (IHL)|
Olympics: 1988 (seventh place)
World Championships: 1987
(seventh), 1990 (fifth), 1996 (bronze)
AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA All-America East Second Team:
1986-87 (Boston College)
Hockey East All-Star First Team: 1986-87 (Boston College)
New England All-Star First Team: 1986-87 (Boston College)
Boston College Kelley Award (Dedication): 1986-87 (tri-winner)
Boston College Tri-Captain: 1986-87
Hockey East Goals Leader: 1986-87 (Boston College) (30 goals)
1988-89: Played 45 games for Muskegon team that won IHL
regular-season and playoff titles, but was not with team during postseason.
Education: Majored in economics at
Miscellaneous: Competed in 1985 and 1986 U.S.
National Sports Festivals. ... Led Boston College
with 35 goals in 1986-87. ... Finished second in Hockey East conference with
58 points in 1986-87. ... Set Boston College single-season record with 15
power-play goals in 1986-87. ... Left Boston College with school record (since
broken) for career games played (158). ... Played for Team USA at 1987
Pravda Cup tournament in Leningrad. ... Missed 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival
due to illness. ... Worked as hockey school instructor during off-seasons of
his early NHL playing days, including work at the Stan Mikita Hockey School
for the Hearing Impaired in Chicago.
Personal: Full name is Kevin
Michael Stevens. ... Son of former
minor-league baseball player Arthur Stevens.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Los Angeles traded Stevens to Pittsburgh in exchange for Anders Hakansson on
September 9, 1983. More than 12 years later, Los Angeles got him back when
Boston traded Stevens to the Kings for Rick Tocchet on January
25, 1996. Los Angeles lost Stevens again in trading him to N.Y. Rangers for Luc Robitaille
on August 28, 1997.||
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