Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), September 19, 2004. Traded to San Jose by Carolina with Carolina's 5th round choice (Cody Ferriero) in 2010 Entry Draft for Buffalo's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Carolina selected Mark Alt) in 2010 Entry Draft, February 7, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), June 15, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, March 25, 2013.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final