June 18, 1990 |
Hastings, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||New York Rangers|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||51st overall, 2008
New York Rangers
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. 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.
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. He then 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. 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. 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. On September 26, 2013, Stepan was signed to a 2 year contract worth 6.15 mil. On September 24, 2014 Stepan suffered a broken leg in a non-contact drill.
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 Kent in their home state, Minnesota.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
|World Junior Championships|
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. He captained the United States to win their second gold medal ever, defeating Canada in overtime.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||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|
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- "Goalscoring Leaders". iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- "Player Statistics by Team: USA". iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "New champs: USA stuns Canada". iihf.com. January 14, 2010.