Kirk Stevens

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Kirk Stevens
Born (1958-08-17) August 17, 1958 (age 60)
Sport country  Canada
Nickname Captain
The Starship Trooper
White Magic
Professional 1978–1993, 1998–1999
Highest ranking 4 (1984/85)
Career winnings £296,634[1]
Highest break 147: 1984 Masters
Century breaks 26[1]
Best ranking finish Runner-up (1985 British Open)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 3

Kirk Stevens (born August 17, 1958) is a Canadian former professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

Stevens started playing young, achieving his first century break aged just 12. He turned professional aged 20, and reached the semi-finals of the World Championship aged 21. In 1984 he achieved a maximum 147 break in a televised match against Jimmy White in the Benson & Hedges Masters, which remained the only such break ever made in the competition until Ding Junhui achieved the same feat in 2007.[2][3] His stylish choice of attire and his youthful 'popstar' good looks made him a ladies' favourite.

His career ran into problems in 1985 when he met South African Silvino Francisco in the British Open final. After Stevens lost 9–12, Francisco accused him of taking stimulants during the match.[4] Francisco was subsequently fined by the world snooker association for the comments.[4] Stevens never failed a drug test during his professional career; but, shortly after the comments were made public, Stevens admitted to an addiction to cocaine.[4]

Although he underwent treatment, his career never really recovered. He dropped out of the top 16 in 1986/87, but continued to play on until 1992/93, before returning home to Canada and retiring from professional tournament play on the world circuit. After returning to Canada, Stevens showed no interest in snooker, instead spending time with his wife and two children, and working in a succession of casual jobs. When these jobs ran out, he ended up unemployed, and returned to playing snooker on the Canadian professional circuit. He won a place on the world professional tour again in 1998/99, but never qualified for the following season. He almost returned for the 2000/01 season, but lost in the North American qualifying final to fellow Canadian Bob Chaperon.[5]

He continues to play snooker in various Canadian events, including charity events. He has won the Canadian Open Championship in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2008. In 2011 he returned to the Crucible Theatre for the first time since 1988 to play in a pre-World Championship "Legends" tournament.

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1976/
77
1977/
78
1978/
79
1979/
80
1980/
81
1981/
82
1982/
83
1983/
84
1984/
85
1985/
86
1986/
87
1987/
88
1988/
89
1989/
90
1990/
91
1991/
92
1992/
93
1998/
99
Ranking[6] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 2] 19 11 10 6 7 4 5 9 21 37 50 68 58 59 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Grand Prix[nb 3] Tournament Not Held 2R QF QF QF 1R 2R 1R LQ 3R LQ LQ LQ
UK Championship NH Non-Ranking Event SF QF 2R 2R 2R 2R LQ LQ 1R LQ
Irish Open[nb 4] Tournament Not Held 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ
Welsh Open Tournament Not Held 1R LQ LQ
Scottish Open[nb 5] Tournament Not Held NR SF WD 1R 1R 1R 1R WD LQ Not Held LQ LQ
Thailand Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
China International Tournament Not Held LQ
British Open[nb 7] Not Held Non-Ranking Event F 3R 3R WD LQ 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ
World Championship A A 1R SF 2R QF QF SF 2R QF 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters Tournament Not Held QF A A QF A SF A NH A A A A A
Masters A A A A 1R A 1R SF 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A A
Irish Masters A A A A QF A A A QF WD 1R A A A A A A A
Premier League[nb 8] Tournament Not Held WD Not Held A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 9] Non-Ranking Event Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking LQ Tournament Not Held
Classic Not Held Non-Ranking Event QF 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R Not Held
Strachan Open Tournament Not Held 1R MR NH
Dubai Classic[nb 10] Tournament Not Held NR LQ 1R 2R LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 11] 1R 1R QF SF SF Tournament Not Held A A A R Tournament Not Held
Champion of Champions Not Held A NH RR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12] Tournament Not Held 2R Ranking Event Not Held Ranking
Northern Ireland Classic Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
UK Championship NH A A A A 2R A A Ranking Event
Classic Not Held A A A SF Ranking Event Not Held
British Open[nb 13] Not Held A SF RR RR RR Ranking Event
Australian Masters Not Held A A A A SF QF A A A NH A Tournament Not Held
Pot Black A A A A RR A RR 1R 1R F Tournament Not Held A A NH
Canadian Professional Championship Tournament Not Held SF Not Held W SF QF SF SF QF Tournament Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
  1. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  2. ^ a b New players on the tour don't have a ranking
  3. ^ The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/83–1983/1984)
  4. ^ The event was also called the European Open (1988/1989–1992/1993)
  5. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy and the International Open (1981/1982–1984/1985 & 1986/1987–1992/1993)
  6. ^ The event was also called the Asian Open (1989/1990–1992/1993)
  7. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  8. ^ The event was also called the Professional Snooker League (1983/1984), Matchroom League (1986/1987 to 1991/1992) and the European League (1992/1993 to 1996/1997)
  9. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  10. ^ The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989)
  11. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1976/1977–1980/1981)
  12. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy and the International Open (1981/1982–1984/1985 & 1986/1987–1992/1993)
  13. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1985 British Open South Africa Silvino Francisco 9–12

Non-ranking finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1979 Canadian Professional Championship N/A N/A
Winner 2. 1981 Canadian Professional Championship N/A N/A
Winner 3. 1983 Canadian Professional Championship Canada Frank Jonik 9–8[7]
Runner-up 1. 1984 New Zealand Masters England Jimmy White 3–5
Runner-up 2. 1986 Belgian Classic Wales Terry Griffiths 7–9
Runner-up 3. 1986 Pot Black England Jimmy White 0–2

Team finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1980 World Challenge Cup  Canada  Wales 5–8
Winner 1. 1982 World Team Classic  Canada  England 4–2
Runner-up 2. 1986 World Cup (2)  Canada Ireland 7–9
Runner-up 3. 1987 World Cup (3)  Canada Ireland 2–9

Amateur finals: 6 (6 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1978 Canadian Amateur Championship Canada Bob Paquette 10–6
Winner 2. 1997 Canadian Amateur Championship (2) Canada Charlie Brown 6–3
Winner 3. 1998 Canadian Amateur Championship (3) Canada Tom Finstad 7–3
Winner 4. 2000 Canadian Amateur Championship (4) Canada Bob Chaperon 6–3
Winner 5. 2002 Canadian Amateur Championship (5) Canada Cliff Thorburn 6–1
Winner 6. 2008 Canadian Amateur Championship (6) Canada Tom Finstad 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.cuetracker.net/Players/Kirk-Stevens/Career-Total-Statistics
  2. ^ Yates, Phil (2007-01-15). "Snooker: Inscrutable Ding takes maximum break in his stride". The Times. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ "Ding claims second 147 break in Masters history". Daily Mail. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  4. ^ a b c "Snooker Association acquits Stevens over drug addiction". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1985-10-08. p. 41. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  5. ^ "Kirk Stevens". The Guardian. 2002-02-03. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  6. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Other National Professional Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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