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Stanley Cup Final

Derek Stepan

North American Skater - Shattuck-St. Mary's, High-MN
Final Rank:58Midterm Rank:72
Position:CenterShoots:Right
Height:6' 0"Weight:168
Born:June 18, 1990
Born in:Hastings, MN, USA
Drafted: 2008: NYR (2nd Round / 51st Overall)  New York Rangers
  • Will attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2008.
  • His dad, Brad, was selected 91st overall by the New York Rangers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft – he played in the OHL for Sault Ste. Marie and Windsor.
  • Patterns his game after Dallas Stars' Mike Modano – “I like the way he makes things happen and is just a natural goal scorer”.
  • Played on his first hockey team with the Hastings Mites and credits his dad for having had the most influence on his career – “I grew up around the game and loved it”.
  • Jumping rope is part of his pre-game routine and his most memorable hockey moment was winning the 2006-07 National Championships.
  • His nickname is “Dstep” and if he wasn’t playing hockey he would be a tap dancer.
  • The most embarrassing song on his iPod is “Breaking Free” from High School Musical and the one thing he couldn’t live without are his family and friends.

 

FAVORITES

 

NHL Team: Minnesota Wild

NHL Player: Zach Parise

Shootout move: “Backhand toe pull”

Goal Celebration: “Instant replay”

Practice Drill: 3-on-3 in zone

Video Game: Halo 2

Movie: Dumb and Dumber

TV Show: Scrubs

Actor: Jim Carey

Group: Sister Hazel

Website: espn.com

Pump-up song: “Bleed it out” by Linkin Park

Food to cook: Mac and Cheese

Sport (other than hockey): Golf

Activity away from the rink: Fishing

Toy growing up: Mini sticks

Place to shop: Best Buy

Place to visit: Key West, Florida

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2006-2007SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS PREPHIGH-MN6341347524
2007-2008SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS PREPHIGH-MN5436559116
2012-2013KALPAFINLAND122240




It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery