Steve McCarthy

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Steve McCarthy
Steve McCarthy - 17.04.2012.jpg
Steve McCarthy with the ZSC Lions after winning the championship in Switzerland in 2012.
Born (1981-02-03) February 3, 1981 (age 33)
Trail, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
ZSC Lions
Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
Atlanta Thrashers
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
TPS
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 1999
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2000–present

Steve McCarthy (born February 3, 1981) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the ZSC Lions of the National League A in Switzerland.

Playing career[edit]

McCarthy was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks with the twenty-third pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut in the 1999–2000 NHL season and he recorded an assist on his first shift. After playing 134 games with the Blackhawks, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on August 22, 2005 in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was then traded to the Atlanta Thrashers by the Canucks for a conditional fourth-round pick. on March 9, 2006[1]

In the 2008-09 season, McCarthy left the NHL and signed a one-year contract with Russian team Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League. McCarthy struggled to adapt to the European transition and went scoreless in just 18 games with Ufa.

On July 10, 2009, McCarthy returned to the North America when he was signed by the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract.[2] However, on September 24, before ever playing a game with the Ducks prior to the 2009-10 season McCarthy was traded back to Atlanta, for future considerations.[3]

On October 1, 2010, McCarthy, went back to Europe, signing with TPS, whose squad had been decimated by in defence. He played 32 games in his only season for the team.

McCarthy signed a one-year deal with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A on October 16, 2011, to play under former NHL coach Bob Hartley.[4] On April 17, 2012 - with just 2.5 seconds left in regulation time - he scored the game-winning goal in game 7 of the Swiss playoff finals for ZSC Lions.

Helping the Lions to claim the title, McCarthy followed Bob Hartley, as the newly appointed head coach of the Calgary Flames, back to North America and signed with Flames AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat after a successful try-out on October 7, 2012.[5]

McCarthy though was released by the Flames on January 18, 2013 and five days later on January 23, rejoined ZSC Lions.

International play[edit]

McCarthy was captain of Team Canada at the 2000 World Juniors Championships in Sweden. He led the team to a bronze medal finish, as Canada defeated the United States in a shootout.

Honours and awards[edit]

  • WHL - East First All-Star Team (1999–00)
  • 2012 Swiss champion with ZSC Lions

Career statistics[edit]

McCarthy while playing for the Vancouver Canucks

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 57 25 52 77 61
1996–97 Edmonton Ice WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Edmonton Ice WHL 58 11 29 40 59
1998–99 Kootenay Ice WHL 57 19 33 52 79 6 0 5 5 8
1999–00 Kootenay Ice WHL 37 13 23 36 36
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 1 1 2 4
2000–01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 7 0 4 4 2
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 44 0 5 5 8
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 77 7 21 28 37 2 0 3 3 2
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 19 1 6 7 14 9 0 4 4 0
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 1 4 5 23
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 25 1 3 4 8
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 2 4 6 43
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 16 7 3 10 8
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 46 4 12 16 24
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 55 1 6 7 48
2008–09 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 18 0 0 0 16
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 25 2 5 7 28
2010–11 TPS SM-l 32 0 0 0 81
2011–12 ZSC Lions NLA 27 3 7 10 12 15 1 5 6 6
NHL totals 302 17 38 55 168
AHL totals 128 10 36 46 81 11 0 7 7 2

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2000 Umea
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC18 3 0 1 1 0
2000 Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 0
2001 Canada WJC 7 1 1 2 6
Junior Int'l totals 17 1 4 5 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thrashers acquire Steve McCarthy, Fata waived". Atlanta Thrashers. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Ducks sign Defensman McCarthy". Anaheim Ducks. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Thrashers acquire Steve McCarthy from Anaheim". Atlanta Thrashers. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Lions add former NHL defenseman McCarthy". 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Heat announce roster moves and player signing". Abbotsford Heat. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

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Preceded by
Mark Bell
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Mikhail Yakubov