Steve Alley

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Steve Alley
Born (1953-12-29) December 29, 1953 (age 61)
Anoka, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
Hartford Whalers (NHL)
National team  United States
NHL Draft 141st overall, 1973
Chicago Blackhawks
WHA Draft 90th overall, 1973
New England Whalers
Playing career 1977–1981

Steven James "The Cat" Alley (born December 29, 1953) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 105 games in the World Hockey Association for the Birmingham Bulls between 1977 and 1979. He was a member of the famed "Gasline" who led Birmingham into the playoffs in 1978. He became the property of the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League after the WHA merged with the NHL in 1979, and made a further 18 NHL appearances in 1979–1981 before retiring from pro hockey.

Before turning professional, Alley was a member of the US National team at the 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1974, 1975 and 1978 Ice Hockey World Championship teams. He played for the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1973–75, and 1976–77. Alley completed his college career by scoring the game-winning goal (23 seconds into overtime) in Wisconsin's 6-5 win over Michigan in the 1977 NCAA Division I Championship game.

Alley was a three year letter winner in hockey at Anoka High School. As a senior he was the leading scorer in the State of Minnesota and was selected to both the All-Conference and All-State teams. Alley was also the captain and quarterback of the football team and a three year letter winner in baseball. The 1972 baseball team finished runner-up in the state, the best finish in Anoka High School history.[1]

Alley and his wife Joanie live in Lake Forest, Illinois and have three daughters, Abby, Hilary, and Hannah all of whom played Division I college lacrosse. In 2001, Alley was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. In September, 2011, Alley was named to the inaugural class of the Anoka High School Hall of Fame.[2][3] Alley is currently president of Alley Company LLC, an investment management firm based in Lake Forest, IL.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971-72 Anoka High USHS 28 25 49 74 -
1972-73 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 40 8 15 23 12
1973-74 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 36 12 19 31 16
1974-75 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 38 23 25 48 84
1974-75 USA WC 9 1 1 2 2
1975-76 Team USA International 64 29 33 62 67
1975-76 USA OG 6 1 1 2 4
1976-77 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 45 32 31 63 50
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 27 8 12 20 11 5 1 0 1 5
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 30 6 3 9 27
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1977-78 USA WC 3 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 78 17 24 41 36
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 7 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 59 25 28 53 46
1979-80 Cincinnati Stingers CHL 10 3 6 9 12
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 8 2 2 4 11
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 69 26 32 58 34 6 3 1 4 9

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