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Steven Stamkos

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

QUICK FACTS



• He scored nine goals in the first round of the 2008 OHL playoffs -- including four goals in a 5-4 win in Game 4 -- helping the Sting eliminate the Windsor Spitfires in five games.

• Led the Sting and ranked second in the OHL with 58 goals (58-47--105) in 61 games played in 2007-08.

• Named the OHL's Player of the Month for February after scoring 13 goals  and 22 points in 13 games.

• Was recognized as the best stickhandler and voted as having the best shot in the OHL's annual Coaches Poll.

• Was one of two players born in 1990 named to Team Canada for the 2008 World Junior Championship. He helped lead Canada to a gold medal recording six points (1-5--6) in seven games, including a goal and an assist in the quarter-final game against Finland.

• In 2006-07, was awarded the Bobby Smith Trophy as the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year - awarded annually to the player who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence. He was runner-up for the OHL Rookie of the Year in 2007 to the eventual 2007 number one draft pick, Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane.

• Was selected first overall in the 2006 OHL Priority Draft after scoring 105 goals (105-92--207) for the Markham Waxers Minor Midget team.

HE SAID IT

On his style of play: "I like to see myself as a complete hockey player. When a lot of people look at me, they kind of base my game strictly on offense. I definitely enjoy scoring goals and getting assists, but I think what separates me from a lot of people is my ability to play defense, as well, and just my fearlessness out there."

THEY SAID IT

Sarnia Sting head coach Dave MacQueen: "He's so dynamic. His skill level, awareness on the ice and hockey sense are so much more advanced than a lot of the players in our league. He's got a gear that is above everybody else and he can do everything at high speed. He wows people in that sense . . . It's a credit to the way he was raised, he puts things (like personal recognition) on the backburner and just goes out and plays the game he loves, and has fun doing it."

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