Stéphane Matteau

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Not to be confused with his son Stefan Matteau, also an ice hockey player.
Stéphane Matteau
Born (1969-09-02) September 2, 1969 (age 45)
Rouyn-Noranda, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1987
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1990–2003

Stéphane Matteau (born September 2, 1969) is a former National Hockey League player.

As a member of the New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team, Matteau is most remembered for scoring two overtime goals in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. His first overtime goal ended Game 3 at 6:13 of the second overtime in New Jersey giving the Rangers a 3–2 victory and a 2–1 series lead. The second goal came at 4:24 of the second overtime of Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Matteau scored off a wrap around that bounced off a stick on the left side of New Jersey's rookie goaltender Martin Brodeur, a play which has been immortalized by the dramatic play-by-play call of Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose:

Matteau admitted to tapping the Prince of Wales Trophy with his stick's blade before the start of the overtime period, violating a superstition of modern-day NHL players not to touch the Conference trophies before the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup, has been won. The goal gave the New York Rangers a 2–1 victory and the Wales Trophy as the Eastern Conference champions and they then defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.

Matteau finished his career in 2002–03 with the Florida Panthers and their minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, and had a career total 742 penalty minutes, 144 goals and 172 assists for 316 total points in 848 games.

Matteau also was a member of the Rouyn Quebec team that played in the Little League World Series in 1982 along with fellow NHL-er Pierre Turgeon.[1]

Matteau played for head coach Mike Keenan on four separate occasions; with the Blackhawks, Rangers, Blues, and Panthers.

Personal life[edit]

Matteau is currently an assistant coach with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL.[2]

Matteau's son, Stefan Matteau, who was born in Chicago on February 23, 1994, played in the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and is currently playing in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils. Stefan was drafted 29th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Devils. The Devils are the team his father scored his famed goal against in the 1994 Eastern Conference Final.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 60 6 8 14 19 4 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 69 27 48 75 113 8 3 7 10 8
1987–88 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 57 17 40 57 179 18 5 14 19 94
1988–89 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 59 44 45 89 202 9 8 6 14 30
1988–89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 9 0 4 4 13
1989–90 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 81 23 35 58 130 10 6 3 9 38
1990–91 Calgary Flames NHL 78 15 19 34 93 5 0 1 1 0
1991–92 Calgary Flames NHL 4 1 0 1 19
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 5 8 13 45 18 4 6 10 24
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 15 18 33 98 3 0 1 1 2
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 15 16 31 55
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 3 7 2 23 6 3 9 20
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 41 3 5 8 25 9 0 1 1 10
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 32 4 2 6 22
1995–96 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 7 13 20 65 11 0 2 2 8
1996–97 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 16 20 36 50 5 0 0 0 0
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 15 14 29 60 4 0 1 1 0
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 68 8 15 23 73 5 0 0 0 6
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 12 12 24 61 10 0 2 2 8
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 13 19 32 32 6 1 3 4 0
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 55 7 4 11 15 10 1 2 3 2
2002–03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 52 4 4 8 27
NHL totals 848 144 172 316 742 109 12 22 34 80

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