14 April 1967|
Peterborough, ON, CAN
|Died||3 May 1999
Raleigh, NC, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Carolina Hurricanes
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||50th overall, 1985
Detroit Red Wings
Steven Joseph Chiasson (April 14, 1967 – May 3, 1999) was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman with the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes.
Chiasson died in an automobile accident on May 3, 1999.
Chiasson was born in Barrie, Ontario, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1985, he was an offensive defenceman who displayed a lot of skill. During the 1992–93 NHL season Chiasson recorded a career-high 62 points and represented the Campbell Conference in the NHL All-Star Game. He was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Mike Vernon in the 1994 off-season. Chiasson spent two and a half seasons with the Flames before being dealt to the Hartford Whalers in 1997 and continued with the team as they became the Carolina Hurricanes the following season. After spending most of the 1998–99 season on the injured list, Chiasson returned for the playoffs and scored a power play goal in Game 5 of their conference quarterfinal round with the Boston Bruins, which would end up being his last NHL goal.
On May 3, 1999, after the Hurricanes were eliminated from the playoffs in Boston and returned to Raleigh, Chiasson wrecked his pickup truck on the way home from a team party at the home of Gary Roberts and was killed on impact. According to teammate Kevin Dineen, Chiasson refused to call a taxi or accept a ride home, insisting on driving himself despite a blood alcohol content later found to be 0.27, over three times North Carolina's legal limit of 0.08. Chiasson was survived by his wife, Susan, and three young children: Michael, Ryan and Stephanie. There is a small statue and plaque in his memory in Millennium Park, Peterborough, Ontario, the town where he was raised. The Stanley Cup was brought to this spot on July 27, 2006, by former Flames teammate Cory Stillman, after Stillman won the Cup with the Hurricanes that season.
After his death, the Carolina Hurricanes established the Steve Chiasson Award to honor the player who best demonstrates leadership, perseverance, determination and dedication."
No player has ever worn #3 for the Hurricanes again, though it has not been officially retired.
Chiasson's oldest son, Michael is a defenseman for the University of Michigan men's hockey team and wears his late father's #3. Steve's other son, Ryan, also wore #3 for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL during the 2013-2014 season.