March 15, 1982 |
Milwaukee, WI, USA
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||30th overall, 2001
Los Angeles Kings
David Steckel (born March 15, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently playing for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He has played in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks. He is known for his faceoff proficiency.
Steckel was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Steckel played one full season with the US Junior National Team in the United States Hockey League before entering Ohio State University. He played four seasons with the Buckeyes hockey team, and then joined the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs for the 2004–05 season.
Steckel, a free agent, then signed with the Washington Capitals August 25, 2005, on the recommendation of Bruce Boudreau. He made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals in the 2005–06 season, appearing in seven games. After appearing in five more games with the Capitals in 2006–07, he made the team's opening night roster in 2007–08.
Steckel proved himself to be a valuable commodity to the Capitals. He often centered the third line and was called on as a key member of the penalty kill. Steckel also proved himself very effective at face-offs, and typically was placed on the ice to take face-offs during critical moments of games. Near the end of the season, Steckel broke his finger blocking a shot and had to have pins put in. However, he missed very few games and was back on the ice during the playoffs.
Steckel's size and grit served the Capitals well, and it was expected that he would have an expanded role in the 2008–09 season. In the 2008–09 season Steckel was once again one of the Capitals top face-off men and one of their top penalty killers. He was 2nd on the team in shorthanded time-on-ice per game (first among forwards) with 3:48. On face-offs, he finished the season 5th in the NHL, winning 57.9% of his draws. He scored 8 goals and had 11 assists during the regular season. In the 2nd round of the 2009 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins he scored his first-ever playoff game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 to force a Game 7.
During the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011, Steckel landed a shoulder check directly to the head of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who was not any way near in possession of the puck. Crosby experienced mild concussion symptoms and neck pain but remained in the game. A subsequent hit from Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman left Crosby with severe concussion symptoms and he did not return for the rest of the regular season, the 2010–11 Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the first twenty games of the 2011–12 NHL season. Hedman later said that he believed it was Steckel's hit which had caused Crosby's severe concussion, and many observers concurred that it was the hit from Steckel which indeed caused Crosby's head injury.
On October 4, 2011, Steckel was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2012. In his only full season with the Maple Leafs, he contributed to the Leafs fourth line to match his career-high 8 goals for 13 points in 76 games.
During the 2012–13 season, Steckel was demoted to a reserve role. He sparingly appeared in 13 games before being traded on March 15, 2013, to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft. The trade reunited Steckel with former coach Bruce Boudreau. Steckel was re-signed by the Ducks for one more year on November 11, 2013. On December 12, 2013, the Ducks assigned Steckel to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.
On July 28, 2015, as a free agent, Steckel opted to sign his first contract abroad, agreeing to a one-year deal with German club, Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the DEL.
|1998–99||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||53||3||14||17||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||58||15||18||33||108||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Ohio State University||CCHA||33||17||18||35||80||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Ohio State University||CCHA||36||6||16||22||75||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Ohio State University||CCHA||36||10||8||18||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Ohio State University||CCHA||41||17||13||30||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||18||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||76||8||5||13||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||13||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2000-01|
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- "Capitals announce opening night roster". Washington Capitals. 2008-10-07. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
- El-Bashir, Tarik (2008-10-13). "Steckel branches out". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
- Stevenson, Chris (2011-05-10). "Bergeron helps Crosby through concussion woes". torontosun.com. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- Cotsonika, Nicholas J. (2011-07-09). "Sidney Crosby’s concussion progress". yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- Matheson, Jim (2011-04-02). "Hockey World". Edmontonjournal.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
- Cole, Cam (2011-11-01). "Is there more to Crosby’s concussion?". nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
- Custance, Craig (2011-11-01). "Sidney Crosby's concussion could be the one that changes everything". sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
- Gulli, Cathy (2011-02-17). "Hits to the head: Scientists explain Sidney Crosby's concussion". macleans.ca. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
- "Caps get Arnott from Devils for Steckel". National Hockey League. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
- "Maple Leafs acquire David Steckel from Devils". National Hockey League. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
- "Steckel traded to Ducks". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- "Steckel, Grant and Yonkman Reassigned to Norfolk". Anaheim Ducks. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- "Forward Dave Steckel signs for Ice Tigers" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- Dave Steckel's player profile at NHL.com
- Dave Steckel's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick