Kevin Stevens

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Kevin Stevens
Born (1965-04-15) April 15, 1965 (age 53)
Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–1995)
Boston Bruins (1995–1996)
Los Angeles Kings (1996–1997)
New York Rangers (1997–2000)
Philadelphia Flyers (2000–2001)
Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–2002)
National team  United States
NHL Draft 108th overall, 1983
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1987–2002

Kevin "Artie" Stevens (born April 15, 1965) is an American retired ice hockey player and former NHL scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2017, Kevin Stevens was named Special Assignment Scout with the Penguins hockey organization. [1] He played left wing on a line with Mario Lemieux during the Penguins' Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992. During his career, he played with the Penguins, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers. Stevens was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, but grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

Early career[edit]

While attending Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, Massachusetts, Kevin Stevens played both hockey and baseball. He was invited to try out for both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies; however, accepting that he was not a great hitter in baseball, he decided to play hockey instead. Stevens accepted a full scholarship to play hockey for Boston College, and was drafted in the sixth round (108th overall) in the 1983 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Several months later, his rights were traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Anders Håkansson, a left winger from Sweden who had recently been traded to the Penguins along with Ron Meighan from the Minnesota North Stars for the Penguins' first round pick in the 1983 draft (Brian Lawton).[2]

Upon graduating from Boston College in 1987, Stevens joined the U.S. National Team and represented the U.S. at the 1987 World Championships and at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Stevens' play steadily improved during his time with the team and in 1987-88 he finished with 45 points in 44 games.

NHL career[edit]

Stevens played a few games with the Penguins in the 1987–88 NHL season, then spent the 1988–89 NHL season jumping back and forth between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). Starting with the 1989–90 NHL season, Stevens became one of the top left wingers and power forwards in the league. He had four consecutive seasons of at least 40 goals and 80 points from 1990–1994 and surpassed 50 goals and 100 points in 1991–92 and 1992–93. In the 1991–92 NHL season, Stevens scored 2 points more than Wayne Gretzky (then in his 13th season), becoming only the third person in NHL history to outscore Gretzky in the regular season, though he still finished second in points to teammate Mario Lemieux. His 123 points that year also set a record for the most points by an American-born player and a left wing in one season. During the Pittsburgh Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup seasons of 1990–91 and 1991–92, Stevens was the only Penguin to play in every regular season and playoff game. He is also one of four NHL players to have accumulated more than 50 goals and at least 200 PIM in a season, the others are Keith Tkachuk, Brendan Shanahan and Gary Roberts. His 17 goals during the 1990–91 playoffs are tied for fourth all-time (only Jari Kurri and Reggie Leach with 19 and Joe Sakic with 18 have surpassed that mark). He scored 13 more in the 1991–92 postseason.

On May 21, 1992, during game three of the Prince of Wales Conference final against the Boston Bruins, Stevens became the 25th player in NHL history to score three goals in a single playoff period. Scoring a hat trick in the first period, he would add one more goal before the end of the game. The Penguins swept the Bruins then swept the Chicago Blackhawks to win their second straight Stanley Cup.

One year later, on May 14, 1993, the Penguins were playing the New York Islanders in game seven of the Patrick Division finals. Early in the first period, Stevens skated in and checked Islanders' defenseman Rich Pilon, hitting Pilon's visor with so much force that he knocked himself unconscious. Stevens landed face first on the ice and, unable to soften the blow upon landing, shattered most of the bones in his face and required extensive reconstructive surgery. Doctors cut an incision below his hairline from ear-to-ear, which was later closed with over 100 stitches, peeled back his skin and reassembled the bones in Stevens' face with the use of metal plates. Stevens came back to have one more strong season for the Penguins, in 1993–94 (41 goals, 47 assists), before being traded the next year.

Stevens was sent to the Boston Bruins in 1995 along with Shawn McEachern for Glen Murray and Bryan Smolinski. After being traded from the Penguins, Stevens never again reached the success that he had while in Pittsburgh. After "disappointing" in Boston with 23 points in 41 games, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. After a poor season, he was traded to the New York Rangers in 1997, where he experienced several solid seasons, but failed to match the expectations levied on him from his marked success playing with Mario Lemieux and the Penguins.

During the 1999–2000 season, Stevens struggled. Not only did he rarely see the ice during this season, but after a game against the St. Louis Blues, he was caught in an East St. Louis, Illinois motel with a prostitute and crack cocaine.[3] After this event, Stevens entered the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.

After being released from the program, he played a brief stint with the Philadelphia Flyers before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second time. After one decent season and another season where he rarely received playing time, he retired from the NHL in 2002.

On September 1, 2005, Stevens returned to an off-ice role in the NHL when he was hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a talent scout.

Post-NHL[edit]

In 2011, Stevens left the Pittsburgh Penguins organization as a pro scout to spend more time with his family. He coached youth hockey including a traveling team in the Boston area.

In June 2015, his son, Luke Stevens, was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes 5th round, 126th overall pick. Luke entered his senior year of high school in September 2015 and has signed a letter of intent to play college hockey at Yale University for the 2016-2017 season.

In May 2016, Stevens and a co-defendant were charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.[4]

In May 2017, Stevens entered a guilty plea in a Boston federal court and was sentenced to probation, community service and a $10,000 fine.[5] Stevens admitted to being addicted to prescription drugs since May 1993 (see above) when he sustained massive injuries during a game – an addiction that destroyed his marriage and his post-playing career in hockey.[5]

In January 13, 2018, Kevin Stevens's recovery from addiction and his subsequent community service was presented in a 30 minute documentary entitled "Shattered" which aired on Sportsnet, a Canadian sports channel.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 1986–87 [6]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1986–87 [7]

Transactions[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Boston College NCAA 37 6 14 20 36
1984–85 Boston College NCAA 40 13 23 36 36
1985–86 Boston College NCAA 42 17 27 44 56
1986–87 Boston College NCAA 39 35 35 70 54
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 5 2 7 8
1988–89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 45 24 41 65 113
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 24 12 3 15 19 11 3 7 10 16
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 29 41 70 171
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 40 46 86 133 24 17 16 33 53
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 54 69 123 254 21 13 15 28 28
1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 55 56 111 177 12 5 11 16 22
1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 83 41 47 88 155 6 1 1 2 10
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 15 12 27 51 12 4 7 11 21
1995–96 Boston Bruins NHL 41 10 13 23 49
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 3 10 13 22
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 14 20 34 96
1997–98 New York Rangers NHL 80 14 27 41 130
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL 81 23 20 43 64
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 38 3 5 8 43
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 2 7 9 18
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 8 15 23 55 17 3 3 6 20
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 1 4 5 25
NHL totals 874 329 397 726 1470 103 46 60 106 170

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1368593-penguins-name-kevin-stevens-special-assignment-scout
  2. ^ http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1983/83108.html
  3. ^ Diamos, Jason (January 24, 2000). "Hockey – Stevens Is Arrested in Drug-Related Case". New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ Leahy, Sean. "Former NHLer Kevin Stevens facing drug charge". Yahoo. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Campbell, Ken (2017-05-05). "Kevin Stevens Avoids Jail Time, and Continues Working to Turn His Life Around". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

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