Alexander Steen

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Alexander Steen
Alex Steen St.louis blues 2012.JPG
Born (1984-03-01) March 1, 1984 (age 30)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Frölunda HC
Modo Hockey
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2002
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2001–present

Alexander Steen (born March 1, 1984) is a Swedish Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for Modo in the Elitserien (SEL, now named the SHL) on a short-term contract during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

Playing career[edit]

Steen played for Frölunda HC from 1999 to 2004. He spent the 2004–05 season with Modo Hockey after a highly controversial signing.[1] [2]

In the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Steen was selected in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 24th overall. He played his first game with the Leafs on October 5, 2005 during the season opener against the rival Ottawa Senators, and registered a minor penalty. His first career NHL goal came in the next game on October 8 against the Montreal Canadiens. This goal marked the first time a Swedish father and son both scored in the NHL (beating Robert Nilsson by 21 days).

Steen scored his first career hat-trick on January 4, 2007 against the Boston Bruins, ending with a five-point game night.[3]

On November 24, 2008, Steen was traded by the Leafs, along with Carlo Colaiacovo, to the St. Louis Blues for Lee Stempniak.[4][5] Steen often plays on a scoring line on the St. Louis roster, alongside David Backes and T. J. Oshie.

On July 1, 2010, Steen signed a four-year contract extension with the Blues. He had an NHL career-high 51 points in the 2011–12 season.

On September 25, 2012, Steen returned to Modo Hockey during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

He was named the NHL First Star of the Month for October 2013, with his 11 goals leading the league, and 16 points, fourth-best.[6] With a goal and an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 16, Steen extended his point streak to 13 consecutive games, the best such streak by a Blues player since Pierre Turgeon in 1999–2000.[7]

Steen signed a three-year, $17.4 million contract with the Blues on December 18, 2013.[8]

On April 4, 2014, he was nominated by the St. Louis chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Steen lead the Blues with 33 goals, and lead them in the points department as well with 62 points despite losing 11 games from a concussion in December 2013.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Steen's father is former Winnipeg Jets star Thomas Steen, a forward who scored 817 points in 950 NHL games between 1981 and 1995. Although Steen was born in Winnipeg, during his father's playing days with the Jets, he, like his father Thomas (currently a Winnipeg City Councillor) has dual Canadian and Swedish citizenship, and has chosen to represent Sweden in international hockey competition. Alexander has two surviving siblings — his youngest brother Amadeus died at the age of two months of a heart condition. His death was the motivation for Alex, along with family members, to create the Amadeus Steen Foundation to raise funds for, and offer support to, infant and child health care.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Frölunda HC J20 15 5 7 12 6 5 4 2 6 2
2001–02 Frölunda HC J20 25 22 18 40 49 2 1 1 2 2
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 26 0 3 3 14 10 1 2 3 0
2002–03 Frölunda HC J20 2 0 2 2 0
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 45 5 10 15 18 16 2 3 5 4
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 48 10 14 24 50 10 4 6 10 14
2004–05 Modo Hockey SEL 50 9 8 17 26 6 1 0 1 4
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 18 27 45 42
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 15 20 35 26
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 15 27 42 32
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 2 2 4 6
2008-09 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 6 18 24 24 4 0 1 1 0
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 24 23 47 30
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 20 31 51 26
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 15 13 28 28 9 1 2 3 6
2012–13 Modo Hockey SEL 20 8 15 23 28
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 8 19 27 14 6 3 0 3 6
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 33 29 62 46 6 1 2 3 6
NHL totals 605 156 209 365 274 25 5 5 10 18
SHL totals 189 32 50 82 136 42 8 11 19 22

International[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Sweden WJC18 9th 8 2 6 8 8
2003 Sweden WJC 8th 6 4 2 6 6
2004 Sweden WJC 7th 6 2 1 3 4
2007 Sweden WC 4th 9 2 2 4 6
2014 Sweden Oly Silver medal icon.svg 6 1 3 4 4
Junior totals 20 8 9 17 18
Senior totals 15 3 5 8 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steen till Modo upprör Frölunda" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Alexander Steen till Modo" (in Swedish). Upsala NYa Tidning. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Maple Leafs burn Bruins with 10 goals". Associated Press. 2007-01-04. Archived from the original on 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Leafs acquire winger Stempniak from Blues". tsn.ca. 2008-11-24. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Leafs trade Steen, Colaiacovo". sportsnet.ca. 2008-11-24. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  6. ^ Steen Named NHL's First Star for October: Blues forward scored 11 goals in 10 games in October to lead the League, NHL.com (November 1, 2013)
  7. ^ "Steen saves Blues again against Hurricanes". National Hockey League. 2013-11-17. 
  8. ^ Alexander Steen signs with Blues
  9. ^ "Steen Nominated for Masterton Trophy". NHL.com. April 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ McGran, Kevin (2007-09-07). "Steen Foundation is a family affair". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 

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Preceded by
Carlo Colaiacovo
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Tuukka Rask