Steve Ott

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Steve Ott
Steve Ott 2014-03-23.JPG
Ott with the St. Louis Blues in 2014.
Born (1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 33)
Summerside, PE, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2000
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2002–present

Steven Bradley Ott (born August 19, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Picked 25th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Ott previously played nine seasons with the Dallas Stars and two with the Buffalo Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

Early career and years in Dallas[edit]

Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Ott later moved to Windsor area. Ott played his minor hockey with the Sun County Panthers of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and the Belle River Canadiens (Great-Lakes Jr. B) in the mid-1990s before signing for the 1998–99 season with the Leamington Flyers Jr. B club (WOJHL).

After a solid Jr. B season, Ott was selected in the second round, 41st overall, of the 1998 OHL Priority Selection by the Windsor Spitfires.

Ott with the Stars in October 2009

Ott was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Stars, 25th overall, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He then played junior hockey for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires and had a brief spell with the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) before joining the Stars' NHL roster.

Ott represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship, helping the team win the bronze medal. As part of his "peskiness," Ott learned and memorized offensive phrases in other languages to strategically annoy his opponents on the ice in a language they could understand.[1] During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ott played for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, where he set a team record for penalty minutes in a season with 279.

In the 2007–08 season, Ott was suspended by the NHL for three games for a hit to the head of Jordan Leopold of the Colorado Avalanche during a game on March 9, 2008.[2] Ott also played in 18 playoff games for the Stars on their run to the Western Conference Finals.

Ott was suspended one game by the NHL on March 1, 2009, for an incident during a game on February 28, 2009, against the Anaheim Ducks, where he received a match penalty for eye gouging Travis Moen. Ott claimed the eye gouge was accidental.[3]

During the 2009–10 season, on March 31, 2010, Ott scored his first NHL career hat-trick at home against the San Jose Sharks.[4]

Ott with the Buffalo Sabres in 2013.

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

On July 2, 2012, Ott was traded, along with Adam Pardy, to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Derek Roy.[5] As a Sabre, he quickly became a fan favorite due to his hard work ethic, playing ability, toughness and desire to win. He scored his first goal as a Sabre in Buffalo's home opener on January 20, 2013, on a power play goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. He had his first fight as a Sabre on January 25, 2013, at home against Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. On March 19, 2013, Ott scored an early goal in the first period and the overtime winner against the Montreal Canadiens to record his first multi-goal game with the Sabres. As of April 4, 2013, Ott was promoted to alternate captain after the Sabres traded captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild at the 2013 NHL trade deadline, joining Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford as alternate captains for the Sabres. Ott finished his first season with Buffalo with nine goals, 15 assists, 93 penalty minutes and five fights in 48 games, though the Sabres failed to make the 2013 playoffs. On October 1, 2013, Ott, along with Thomas Vanek, were both awarded captaincy of the Buffalo Sabres. Later in the month, however, Vanek, was traded to the New York Islanders on October 27, leaving Ott as the team's sole captain.

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Approaching the 2013–14 trade deadline, Ott and fellow impending free agent Ryan Miller were traded by the rebuilding Sabres to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halák, Chris Stewart, William Carrier and two future draft picks.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ott has a daughter by his ex-wife, Candice. Before beginning his professional hockey career, Ott raced kneeldown outboard hydroplanes and runabouts in the American Power Boat Association (APBA). His father is the current world champion and a past national champion in the Outboard Performance Craft - SST 45 class. He pit crews for his father during his off-season in the summer.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Windsor Spitfires OHL 66 23 39 62 131 12 3 5 8 21
2000–01 Windsor Spitfires OHL 55 50 37 87 164 9 3 8 11 27
2001–02 Windsor Spitfires OHL 53 43 45 88 178 14 6 10 16 49
2002–03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 40 9 11 20 98
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 26 3 4 7 31 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 73 2 10 12 152 4 1 0 1 0
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 18 21 39 279 4 0 0 0 20
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 82 5 17 22 178 5 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 19 0 4 4 35 6 0 0 0 8
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 3 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 73 11 11 22 147 18 2 1 3 22
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 64 19 27 46 135
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 73 22 14 36 153
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 82 12 20 32 183
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 74 11 28 39 156
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 9 15 24 93
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 9 11 20 55
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 0 3 3 37 6 0 2 2 14
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 3 9 12 86 6 0 0 0 26
NHL totals 774 106 173 279 1441 46 3 4 7 72

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Third All-Star Team 2001
CHL Second All-Star Team 2001
Second All-Star Team 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simply the pest: Dallas Stars' Ott ticks off foes". dallasnews.com. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "League hands Ott three-game suspension for hit to leopold's head". ESPN.com. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  3. ^ "NHL suspends Ott over eye-gouge". Canoe-Slam Sports. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2009-04-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Top 10 Hockey Agitators Of All-Time [Part 2/2]". Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Stars acquire Roy from Sabres in exchange for Pardy and Ott". The Sports Network. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Sabres deal Miller, Ott to Blues for Halak, Stewart, Picks". The Sports Network. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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Preceded by
Brenden Morrow
Dallas Stars first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Jason Bacashihua
Preceded by
Jason Pominville
Buffalo Sabres captain
(co-captain with Thomas Vanek
until Oct 27, 2013)

2013–14
Succeeded by
Brian Gionta