August 19, 1982 |
Summerside, PE, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)|
|NHL Draft||25th overall, 2000
Steve Bradley Ott (born August 19, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and currently the captain of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played nine seasons with the Dallas Stars.
Early career and years in Dallas
Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Ott's family moved to the town of Stoney Point, Ontario in the Windsor area. Ott played his minor hockey with the Sun County Panthers of the OMHA in the mid-1990s before signing for the 1998-99 season with the Leamington Flyers Jr.B. club (WOJHL).
After a solid Jr.B. season, Ott was selected in the 2nd round (41st overall) of the 1998 OHL Priority Selection by the Windsor Spifires.
Ott was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Stars, 25th overall at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Windsor Spitfires and had a brief spell with the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) before joining the Stars NHL roster.
Ott represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship, helping the team win the bronze medal. As part of his peskiness, Ott learned and memorized offensive phrases in other languages to strategically annoy his opponents on the ice in a language they could understand. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ott played for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL where he set a team record for penalty minutes in a season, earning 279.
In the 2007–08 season, Ott was suspended by the NHL for three games for a hit to the head of Jordan Leopold of the Colorado Avalanche during a game on March 9, 2008. Ott also played in 18 playoff games for the Stars on their run to the Western Conference finals.
Ott was suspended one game by the NHL on March 1, 2009 for an incident during a game on February 28, 2009 against the Anaheim Ducks, where he received a match penalty for eye gouging Travis Moen. Ott claimed the eye gouge was accidental.
On July 2, 2012, Ott was traded along with Adam Pardy to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Derek Roy. As a Sabre he quickly became a fan favorite due to his hard work ethic, playing ability, toughness, and desire to win. He scored his first goal as a Sabre at the Sabres home opener on January 20, 2013 on a powerplay goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. He had has first fight as a Sabres on January 25, 2013 at home against Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. On March 19, 2013 Ott scored an early goal in the 1st period and the overtime winner against the Montreal Canadians to get his first multi-goal game with the Sabres. As of April 4, 2013 Ott was promoted to alt captain after the Sabres traded captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild at the 2013 trade deadline joining Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford as alternate captains for the Sabres. Ott finished his first season with Buffalo with 9 goals, 15 assists, 93 penalty minutes, and 5 fights in 48 games, however the Sabres failed to make the playoffs. On October 1, 2013, Steve Ott along with Thomas Vanek were both awarded captaincy of the Buffalo Sabres; Vanek was traded to the New York Islanders on October 27, leaving Ott as sole captain.
Steve has a daughter, Layna Grace, born May 9, 2007. Married to Erica Ott. Before beginning his professional hockey career, Ott raced kneeldown outboard hydroplanes and runabouts in the American Power Boat Association (APBA). His father is the current world champion and a past national champion in the Outboard Performance Craft - SST 45 class. He pit crews for his father during his off-season in the summer.
Awards and Honors
|Third All-Star Team||2001|
|CHL Second All-Star Team||2001|
|Second All-Star Team||2002|
- "Simply the pest: Dallas Stars' Ott ticks off foes". dallasnews.com. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "League hands Ott three-game suspension for hit to leopold's head". ESPN.com. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
- "NHL suspends Ott over eye-gouge". Canoe-Slam Sports. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2009-04-03.[dead link]
- "Top 10 Hockey Agitators Of All-Time [Part 2/2]". Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- "Stars acquire Roy from Sabres in exchange for Pardy and Ott". The Sports Network. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
|Dallas Stars first round draft pick
|Buffalo Sabres captain
(co-captain with Thomas Vanek
until Oct 27, 2013)
2013 - present