Steven Stamkos

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Steven Stamkos
Steve Stamkos - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Stamkos in 2013.
Born (1990-02-07) February 7, 1990 (age 25)
Markham, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2008
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2008–present

Steven Stamkos (born February 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and team captain for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stamkos was the first overall pick in the 2006 OHL Entry Draft, from the Markham Waxers of the OMHA.[1] Playing with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he scored 100 goals over two years. After a successful OHL career, Stamkos was selected first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is a two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the league's leading goal-scorer (2010 and 2012), is a one-time NHL Second Team All-Star (2011) and has been named to three NHL All-Star Games (2011, 2012, 2015).

On January 7, 2014, he was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, but after a CT scan in the afternoon of February 5, 2014, it was determined he would not play in Sochi due to the broken tibia he sustained the previous November.[2]

Early life[edit]

Stamkos is of ethnic Macedonian[3] and Scottish descent.[4] He grew up in Unionville, Ontario, and played for the Markham Waxers in the Eastern AAA League of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). During one of his seasons with the North York Canadiens, he was teammates with P. K. Subban.[5] Before being drafted in the OHL, Stamkos attended Central Park Public School and St. Brother André Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario. After being drafted by the Sarnia Sting, he attended Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School. Stamkos won eight OMHA titles in a row in minor hockey and led his Waxers club to the OHL Cup title in March 2006.

Playing career[edit]

Sarnia Sting[edit]

Following a season with the minor Markham Waxers, in which he scored 197 points over 66 games, Stamkos was selected first overall in the 2006 OHL Draft by the Sarnia Sting. Stamkos played with other notable NHL players such as Logan Couture, John Tavares, Michael Del Zotto, Cameron Gaunce, Cody Hodgson and P. K. Subban during his minor hockey career in the Greater Toronto Area.[citation needed] Joining the Sting in 2006–07, he recorded 92 points (42 goals and 50 assists) over 63 games as a junior rookie. He was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team, ranking behind Sam Gagner at the centre position.[6] Stamkos also won the Bobby Smith Trophy as the league's scholastic player of the year for his academic efforts off the ice.

The following season, Stamkos improved to 58 goals and 105 points over 61 games. He was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team, but was later selected to the CHL First All-Star Team, which encompasses all three national major junior leagues. Playing in his NHL draft-eligible season in 2007–08, Stamkos was top-ranked throughout the campaign by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and International Scouting Services. He also won the CHL's Top Draft Prospect Award.

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

Stamkos during the 2008–09 season

As the 2008 NHL Entry Draft approached, Stamkos was largely seen as the best available center. His primary competition for the top overall pick were defensemen Drew Doughty and Zach Bogosian, and Russian wingers Nikita Filatov and Kirill Petrov. The Tampa Bay Lightning, by virtue of their 2007–08 campaign in which they won an NHL-worst 31 games, owned the first pick.[7][8][9]

As expected, Stamkos was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning. On July 29, 2008, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Lightning, in which he could earn as much as $8.55 million in performance bonuses.[10] Leading up to the start of the 2008–09 season, the Lightning centred their promotional efforts around Stamkos, including a website with the slogan "Seen Stamkos?"

2008–09 season[edit]

Stamkos played in his first NHL game in Prague, Czech Republic, at the start of the 2008–09 season. The Lightning fell to the New York Rangers 2–1 and were eventually swept in Prague. He recorded his first point — a secondary assist — in his eighth game, which was against his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.[11] Following the game, Stamkos commented that his hometown support was "louder than when the Leafs scored."[12] He scored his first goal the next game against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.

After 54 games, Stamkos recorded the first NHL hat trick of his career, on February 17, 2009. The Lightning held a 3–1 lead midway through the second period on the strength of Stamkos' natural hat trick, but were still beaten by the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 5–3. The three goals enabled Stamkos to become the first rookie in Lightning history to score three goals in a game. Additionally, he also became the second youngest player in NHL history to record a hat trick. Bobby Carpenter was 18 when he scored three on February 25, 1982.[13][14][15]

Though Stamkos was heavily criticized for his lack of production during the first half of the season, in which he was limited to less than 10 minutes of ice time some games (largely due to a dispute among head coach Barry Melrose and upper management, mainly co-owner Len Barrie on how to approach the development of Stamkos in the NHL),[16] he finished the season with 19 points in his final 20 games.[17] In his rookie season, Stamkos totalled 23 goals and 46 points, as well as a −13 plus-minus rating.

2009–10 season[edit]

Prior to the 2009–10 season, Stamkos spent the summer training extensively with former NHL player Gary Roberts, working on adding strength and endurance.[18] Roberts got to know Stamkos in the 2008–09 season, his last in the league. He oversaw Stamkos' offseason workouts north of Toronto in Roberts' in-house gym, which is a quick drive from Stamkos' family home in Unionville, Ontario.[19] Stamkos spoke highly regarding the workouts: "It helped me a lot," Stamkos said. "I learned a lot about what I needed to improve on. There are certain aspects of my game that have improved because of that, and I'll be there again this summer working hard. It definitely gave me that extra jump for this season."[20]

In his second year with the Lightning, Stamkos began to find his range as an NHL sharpshooter and had a breakout season. Playing the bulk of the season on a line with Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie, Stamkos started the 2009–10 campaign with 10 goals in his first 11 games. Through the months of January and February, Stamkos had an 18-game point streak. By the time he turned 20, he was in the top five in the league in scoring, challenging the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.[8]

On April 10, Steven netted a pair of goals against Tampa Bay’s rivals, the Florida Panthers, which made him reach the mark of 50 goals. Stamkos ended the season with 51 goals, tied for most in the NHL with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins; the two shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as goal-scoring champions. He tied Crosby in the final minute of the last game of the season with an empty-net goal. Stamkos became the third-youngest player to score 50 goals in a season, after Wayne Gretzky and Jimmy Carson.[21] His number of goals, 51, was five more than he had points in the 2008–09 season. Stamkos' 44 assists gave him 95 points for the season, good for fifth place in the NHL behind Henrik Sedin, Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Nicklas Bäckström. The Lightning, however, finished the year with 34 wins and 80 points. After the season, team owner Jeffrey Vinik cleaned house as General Manager Brian Lawton and Head Coach Rick Tocchet were fired.

2010–11 season[edit]

Following a high-scoring start to the 2010–11 season, in which he scored 19 goals in his first 19 games, Stamkos began to attract media attention for challenging the elite 50 goals in 50 games standard.[22] Gretzky, who scored 50 goals in a record 39 games in 1981–82, told reporters he thought Stamkos was surrounded by enough talent in Tampa Bay to achieve the feat.[23]

On December 20, 2010, Stamkos scored his 26th goal of the season and the 100th of his career, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Carolina Hurricanes 5–1 on a Monday night game. Stamkos had one of three Lightning goals late in the second period that put Tampa Bay ahead 5–1. The center's milestone goal came in his 194th NHL game.[24]

In January 2011, Stamkos was named by the NHL to play in the NHL All-Star Game. Stamkos was drafted second overall by Team Lidstrom, joining Tampa Bay teammate Martin St. Louis on the squad.[25] As the season progressed, it became apparent Stamkos would not achieve the 50-in-50 mark. By the 52nd game, he had recorded a league-leading 38 goals. Stamkos' latter portion of the season was markedly less successful and he recorded just seven more goals in the last 30 games.[26] Finishing with 45 goals, he ranked second in league-scoring, behind Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks. His 91 points placed him fifth in the league for the second consecutive year.

As the Lightning ranked fifth in the Eastern Conference, Stamkos made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut in 2011. On April 23, he scored his first two career playoff goals, as well an assist, in an 8–2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins. During the deciding Game 7, Stamkos took a slapshot from Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk to the face. The impact broke his nose and bloodied his face, forcing him to momentarily leave the game; he returned with a full-visored mask. The Lightning went on to lose the game 1–0, eliminating them from the playoffs. Stamkos scored below his regular season pace with 13 points over 18 games, ranking fifth in team-scoring.

2011–12 season[edit]

Stamkos with the Tampa Bay Lightning in February of 2012.

During the off-season, Stamkos became a restricted free agent on July 1, 2011. Eighteen days later, he re-signed with Tampa Bay with a five-year, $37.5 million contract.[27]

On March 13, 2012, Stamkos scored his 50th goal of the 2011–12 season in a 6–1 win over the Boston Bruins. In doing so, he became the sixth player in NHL history to record more than one 50-goal season before his 23rd birthday.[28] He then scored his 53rd goal on March 26 against the Philadelphia Flyers, breaking Vincent Lecavalier's team record for goals in a season, set in 2006–07.[29] Five days later, Stamkos set an NHL record by scoring his fifth overtime goal of the regular season, beating Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondřej Pavelec from the left circle (Stamkos' "trademark" shot during his first three seasons).[30]

On the final day of the regular season, Stamkos recorded his 60th goal in a 4–3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets, becoming the 20th player in league history to achieve the feat and the first since Alexander Ovechkin did so in 2007–08.[31] Adding to his 60 goals, he recorded 37 assists for 97 points, ranking second in the league, 12 behind Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who, along with Henrik Lundqvist, were named the league's three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy in April. Despite Stamkos' individual success, the Lightning struggled as a team, finishing the season out of the playoffs at 10th overall in the East.

2012–13 season[edit]

During the lockout, Stamkos trained with a handful of other NHL players at Gary Roberts’ training academy in Ontario.[32]

The lockout also gave Stamkos an opportunity to do things in his hometown of Toronto he normally wouldn't get to do. That included playing in his father's pick-up hockey league every Thursday night, when he and former Lightning forward Steve Downie would mix it up with a group that varied as much in age (22–65) as ability.

"It was a blast, those guys loved it they don't get a chance to play with NHL guys very often," Stamkos said. "It was a lot of fun and something I'll cherish forever."[33]

On March 1, 2013, Stamkos was named NHL first star for the month of February. He joined Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery. Stamkos had a season-high six-game goal streak, six multi-point outings and recorded at least one point in 11 of 14 games last month. He ended February on an eight-game point streak (seven goals, seven assists).[34]

On March 18, 2013, Stamkos scored his 200th career goal to give the Lightning the victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.[35]

Stamkos finished the season with 29 goals, ranking him second in the league behind Alexander Ovechkin's 32. He also had 28 assists, which gave him a total of 57 points in 48 games.

2013–14 season[edit]

Stamkos with the Lightning in 2014.

On November 11, 2013, Stamkos suffered a broken tibia in a game against the Boston Bruins. Stamkos was backchecking on a play late in the second period when he got tied up with Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton. His left skate appeared to hit the post first before his right leg crashed into it around the shin area. He tried to get up twice before going down to the ice in pain, grabbing his leg just above the ankle. After a brief delay, a stretcher was brought out and he was taken off to loud applause. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.[36][37] Stamkos entered the day tied for the league's lead in scoring with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.

On November 12, 2013, Stamkos underwent successful surgery in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia, and he began rehabilitation immediately.[38]

On November 25, 2013, Stamkos made a press appearance where he was seen walking without the use of crutches or a walking boot. He updated the media on his miraculous progress and was hopeful that he could return to the Tampa Bay Lightning before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.[39] Ultimately, he was unable to recover in time to participate in the Olympics. He was, however, cleared to play for the Lightning on March 5 – the same day former teammate Martin St. Louis was traded – and returned March 6 in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, which they lost 3–1. Stamkos was named the new captain of the Lightning before the game.

On March 24, 2014, Stamkos played in his 400th career NHL game[40] notching a power play goal[41] to tie the game at three in an eventual 4–3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators.

2014–15 season[edit]

On November 11, 2014, Stamkos picked up his 200th career NHL assist in a Tampa Bay Lightning 3–2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.[42] On December 9, 2014, Stamkos reached another career milestone when he scored his 250th NHL goal. The goal came in a Tampa Bay 5–3 loss to the Washington Capitals. This was his 17th goal of the season thus far.[43]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Canada Ice hockey
World Championship
Silver 2009 Switzerland Ice hockey

Stamkos has played for Canada in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he helped the team win a gold medal. After his rookie season with the Lightning, Stamkos was named to Canada's roster for the 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Stamkos continued to impress at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, scoring on his first career shift and meshing with fellow Lightning forward Martin St. Louis for seven goals, 11 points and a plus-9 plus-minus rating en route to a 2–1 loss to Russia in the finals.[44] He was also selected as a reserve by Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics[45] and scored seven goals in Canada's fifth place finish at the 2013 World Championships. Stamkos was expected to be a major contributor for Canada in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but his injuries sustained prior to the NHL Olympic break prevented him from participating.[2]


Stamkos doing press at the NHL Store in New York, New York in September 2011.

Following his NHL draft, Stamkos signed a number of sponsorships, including an athlete’s agreement with Nike. He was featured in a web-only Nike commercial called Forget Everything, which was released to coincide with his first game in his hometown of Unionville on October 28, 2008. He has also endorsed Tissot watches. On June 22, 2011, Stamkos was named the cover athlete to the EA Sports NHL 12 video game. In late 2013, he played the leading role in a web commercial for Coca-Cola Zero named Shawn Warford's Moment Zero. Most recently, Stamkos signed a multi-year sponsorship with Sport Chek, Canada's largest sports retailer.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Markham Waxers OMHA 66 105 92 197 87  —  —  —  —  —
2006–07 Sarnia Sting OHL 63 42 50 92 56 4 3 3 6 0
2007–08 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 58 47 105 88 9 11 0 11 20
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 23 23 46 39  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 51 44 95 36  —  —  —  —  —
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 45 46 91 74 18 6 7 13 6
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 60 37 97 66  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 29 28 57 32  —  —  —  —  —
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 37 25 15 40 18  4  2  2  4  6
NHL totals 410 233 193 426 267 22 8 9 17 12


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada U18 U18 4th 6 2 8 10 8
2007 Canada U18 IH18 4th 4 1 4 5 16
2008 Canada WJC 1st 7 1 5 6 4
2009 Canada WC 2nd 9 7 4 11 6
2010 Canada WC 7th 5 2 1 3 10
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 7 5 12 6
Junior totals 17 4 17 21 28
Senior totals 22 16 10 26 22

Awards and achievements[edit]


  • Most goals in a season by a Tampa Bay Lightning player, 60 (2011–12)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "OHL News", "Canadian Hockey League Website", Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Mirtle, James (5 February 2014). "Steven Stamkos ruled out for Sochi Olympics". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Sapurji, Sunaya (30 December 2009). "Steven Stamkos: Hockey player". The Star (Toronto). Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  4. ^ The Hockey News Magazine – Draft Preview 08 Special Issue – Article "Believe in Steven" page 8
  5. ^ CBC Sports "PK Subban & Steven Stamkos", CBC, March 5, 2011.
  6. ^ First All-Rookie Team "OHL First All-Rookie Team". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
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  22. ^ "Will Steven Stamkos be the NHL's next 50-in-50 player?". Yahoo!. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  23. ^ "Dreger: Gretzky believes Stamkos can score 50 in 50". The Sports Network. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  24. ^ "Stamkos scores 100th career goal in Lightning win". Fox News. 2010-12-20. 
  25. ^ "2011 NHL All-Star Weekend Rosters". 
  26. ^ "Last season's slump gives Stamkos much-needed perspective". The Sports Network. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  27. ^ Wyshynski, Greg (19 July 2011). "Steven Stamkos Watch is over: Tampa Bay signs star for 5 years". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  28. ^ "Stamkos reaches 50 again to join exclusive club". 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  29. ^ Kimmelman, Adam (2012-03-26). "Stamkos sets new franchise record with 53rd goal". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  30. ^ Herman, Lonnie (2012-04-01). "Stamkos sets OT record as Lightning beat Jets 3–2". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  31. ^ "Lightning's Steven Stamkos scores 60th goal vs. Jets". CBC Sports. Canadian Press. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
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  34. ^ "Steven Stamkos named NHL 1st star for February". CBC News. Associated Press. March 1, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Steven Stamkos scores his 200th career goal in the Lightning's victory over the Flyers". WFTS Tampa Bay. Associated Press. March 18, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Lightning's Steven Stamkos breaks leg, to have surgery". USA Today. 2013-11-11. 
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  40. ^ "Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 3". March 24, 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  41. ^ Royce, Jody (March 24, 2014). "Lightning fall to Senators in shootout". Herald-Tribune. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  42. ^ Burns, Bryan (November 11, 2014). "Bolts fall in shootout to Blackhawks". Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  43. ^ Burns, Bryan (December 9, 2014). "Steven Stamkos gets milestone; Capitals get 5-3 victory". Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  44. ^ "St. Louis, Stamkos Net Silver at World Championships". 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Kane
NHL first overall draft pick
Succeeded by
John Tavares
Preceded by
Riku Helenius
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Victor Hedman
Preceded by
Alexander Ovechkin
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(with Sidney Crosby)

Succeeded by
Corey Perry
Preceded by
Corey Perry
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
Succeeded by
Alexander Ovechkin
Preceded by
Jonathan Toews
EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete
NHL 12
Succeeded by
Claude Giroux
Preceded by
Martin St. Louis
Tampa Bay Lightning captain