Player of the Week: Steven Stamkos

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Steven Stamkos is once again doing what he does best; leading the Lightning on the scoresheet. The dynamic young forward continues to cement his place in the elite-class of players in today’s NHL. After a bit of a slow start by his standards, Stamkos is now on track in 2013, assuming what has become a familiar spot for him atop the NHL goal scoring chart. His 17 goals put him three ahead of his nearest pursuer, Pittsburgh Penguins’ James Neal, and his track-record shows that he will likely continue to score at a pace that will keep him near the top of that list for the remainder of the season. During the first five years of his career, he has proven himself as one of the elite scorers in the league, capturing two Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard awards (2009-10 & 2011-12). The Markham, ON native had a blistering second half to his rookie season, showcasing his immense talent at the NHL level after dazzling hockey fans during his junior hockey career with the Sarnia Sting. Since that breakout second half in 2008-09, Stamkos has been one of the top hockey players on the planet. With him now being the main piece around which the Lightning have built their franchise, and coupled with teammates like Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell, Cory Conacher and Victor Hedman, the Lightning have a group that can score with any other club in this league on any given night.

-     Steven is once again at the top of the overall NHL goal scoring race, leading the league with 17 goals in 22 games played

-     Has accumulated 16 points in the last 9 games and is now two points behind Sidney Crosby in the Art Ross Trophy race

-     Steven hopes that his continued production and strong play can help the Lightning move their way up the Eastern Conference standings, as they are currently outside of the top eight in the playoff race

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born in Markham, ON, Canada on February 7, 1990
  • Drafted in the 1st  round, 1st  overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Was the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy winner for the 2009-10 season, for leading the NHL in goals, an award he shared with Sidney Crosby
  • Once again captured the ‘Rocket’ for leading the NHL in goals in 2011-12
  • Voted twice by his peers as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award (2010-11, 2011-12)
  • Played his junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the Sarnia Sting (2006-2008)
  • Has represented Canada on the international stage, including capturing a gold-medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in 2008 

 

 

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