Derek Stepan

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Derek Stepan
Derek Stepan Rangers.png
Born (1990-06-18) June 18, 1990 (age 24)
Hastings, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 51st overall, 2008
New York Rangers
Playing career 2010–present

Derek Kenneth Stepan (born June 18, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey center and an alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Stepan was drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and afterwards attended the University of Wisconsin where he played for the Badgers hockey team in the WCHA. On July 1, 2010, he signed his first professional contract with the Rangers, forgoing his junior and senior years at Wisconsin.[1] On October 9, 2010, he became the first player in Rangers history and the fourth in NHL history to score a hat trick in his NHL debut.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Stepan attended high school at Shattuck-Saint Mary's (SSM), where he played on the hockey team. He scored 81 points during his junior year and 111 during his senior year at SSM.[3] He then attended the University of Wisconsin where he played for the Badgers hockey team in the WCHA.

Professional[edit]

On July 1, 2010, he signed his first professional contract with the Rangers, forgoing his junior and senior years at Wisconsin.[1] In the autumn of 2010, having attended Rangers training camp and playing for the team during the preseason, Stepan made the transition from Wisconsin to the NHL. He scored a hat-trick in his first NHL game on October 9, 2010, against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, the first rookie in Rangers history to do so, en route to a 6-3 victory.[4] He is only the fourth player in NHL history to have scored a hat trick in his debut, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens (January 14, 1943), Réal Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (October 10, 1979), and Fabian Brunnström of the Dallas Stars (October 15, 2008). Stepan was announced as part of the 2011 NHL All Star roster on January 11, 2011, and played in NHL SuperSkills on January 29, 2011.

In the 2012-13 season, he finished the campaign tied for the NHL lead with four short-handed points.[5] On September 26, 2013, Stepan was signed to a 2 year contract worth 6.15 mil.[5] On September 24, 2014 Stepan suffered a broken leg in a non-contact drill.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Derek was born into a hockey family, as his father Brad was also a draft pick of the Rangers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Stepan's younger cousin, Zachary, was selected 112th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. On August 9th, 2014, Stepan married his longtime girlfriend Stephanie in their home state, Minnesota.[7]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
World Junior Championships
Gold 2010 Saskatoon

At the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championships, he was the captain of the United States team and led the tournament in scoring with four goals and ten assists in seven games, leading to an All-Star Team selection.[8][9][10][11] He captained the United States to win their second gold medal ever, defeating Canada in overtime.[12]

Stepan joined the United States men's national team to play at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, playing with Ranger teammate Ryan McDonagh and Ranger prospect Chris Kreider. He finished the Tournament with 7 points in 7 games to be selected as a Top 3 player on the team.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 University of Wisconsin WCHA 40 9 24 33 6
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 12 42 54 10
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 82 21 24 45 20 5 0 0 0 2
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 82 17 34 51 22 20 1 8 9 4
2012–13 KalPa SM-l 12 2 2 4 0
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 48 18 26 44 12 12 4 1 5 2
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 82 17 40 57 18 24 5 10 15 2
NHL totals 294 73 124 197 72 61 10 19 29 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC 1st 7 4 10 14 4
2011 United States WC 8th 7 2 6 7 2
2014 United States Oly 4th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 7 4 10 14 4
Senior totals 8 2 6 7 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stepan making jump to pro game". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Stepan scores 3 in NHL debut in Rangers 6-3 win". yahoo.com. October 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Prospect: Derek Stepan". hockeysfuture.com. January 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "NHL - New York Rangers/Buffalo Sabres Box Score Saturday October 9, 2010". Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  5. ^ a b Podell, I. (September 26, 2013). "Stepan, Rangers agree to 2-year contract". Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  6. ^ Leonard, Pat (September 24, 2014). "Derek Stepan suffers broken leg, NY Rangers center will be out indefinitely". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=634805
  8. ^ "Scoring Leaders". iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  9. ^ "Media All Stars". iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  10. ^ "Goalscoring Leaders". iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Player Statistics by Team: USA". iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  12. ^ "New champs: USA stuns Canada". iihf.com. January 14, 2010. 

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