Steve Kasper

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Steve Kasper
Born (1961-09-28) September 28, 1961 (age 52)
Saint-Lambert, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 81st overall, 1980
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1980–1993

Stephen Neil "The Friendly Ghost, The Shadow" Kasper (born September 28, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played thirteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. Kasper won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as top defensive forward during his second season in the NHL. He moved into coaching following his playing career, serving as the Bruins' head coach during the 1995-96 and 1996–97 seasons.

Playing career[edit]

Kasper began his hockey career with the Verdun Eperviers and the Sorel Black Hawks in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He topped the 100 point mark twice and was chosen 81st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Kasper earned a spot on the roster, playing a total of 76 games and scoring 51 points. He emerged as one of the best checking centres of the game and was subsequently awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1981–82. Kasper helped the Bruins reach the semi-finals in 1982–83. In 1987–88, Kasper and the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0 with one tie. Kasper was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Bobby Carpenter in 1988–89. Kasper enjoyed some success with the Kings playing with Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Nicholls before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1991–92. He played two seasons in Philadelphia before being traded again to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kasper played in 47 games with the Bolts before retiring.

Coaching career[edit]

Kasper returned to Boston as an assistant coach to Brian Sutter. On July 22, 1994, he was named the head coach of the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. He led the Bruins to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated from contention. Kasper then again returned to Boston in 1995–96 to replace Sutter as head coach. He led the Bruins to a 91 point season. After a first round exit to the Florida Panthers and 26 wins in the 1996-97 season, Kasper was fired and replaced by Pat Burns. This marked the first time in 28 years the Bruins had missed the playoffs. On May 3, 2007, Kasper became the new head coach of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL) team, the Yarmouth Mariners. Kasper is currently a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Verdun Eperviers QMJHL 63 26 45 71 16 4 2 4 6 0
1978–79 Verdun Eperviers QMJHL 67 37 67 104 53 11 7 6 13 22
1979–80 Sorel Black Hawks QMJHL 70 57 65 122 117
1980–81 Sorel Eperviers QMJHL 2 5 2 7 0
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 76 21 35 56 94 3 0 1 1 0
1981–82 Boston Bruins NHL 73 20 31 51 72 11 3 6 9 22
1982–83 Boston Bruins NHL 24 2 6 8 24 12 2 1 3 10
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 27 3 11 14 19 3 0 0 0 7
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 77 16 24 40 33 5 1 0 1 9
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 80 17 23 40 73 3 1 0 1 4
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 79 20 30 50 51 3 0 2 2 0
1987–88 Boston Bruins NHL 76 26 44 70 35 23 7 6 13 10
1988–89 Boston Bruins NHL 49 10 16 26 49
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 29 9 15 24 11 1 5 6
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 17 28 45 27 10 1 1 2 2
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 9 19 28 33 10 4 6 10 8
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 3 2 5 10
1992–93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 1 3 4 2
1992–93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 47 3 4 7 18
NHL totals 821 177 291 468 554 94 20 28 48 82

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
BOS 1995–96 82 40 31 11 91 2nd in Northeast Lost in First Round
BOS 1996–97 82 26 47 9 61 6th in Northeast Missed Playoffs
Total 164 66 78 20

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Preceded by
Bob Gainey
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
1982
Succeeded by
Bobby Clarke
Preceded by
Mike O'Connell
Head Coach of the Providence Bruins
1994–95
Succeeded by
Bob Francis
Preceded by
Brian Sutter
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
199597
Succeeded by
Pat Burns