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Get to Know ... Steve Stamkos

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Get to know Steve Stamkos ...

  • 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 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, he 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 2006 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.
  • Stamkos' shootout goal in the 2007 OHL skills competition has over 100,000 views on YouTube.
  • He patterns his game after Alex Ovechkin because "he uses his speed as well as his body to create plays on the ice and I love the way he plays."
  • His nickname is 'Stammer' and if he weren’t playing hockey he would be playing pro baseball.

 

FAVORITES

NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Player: Washington's Alex Ovechkin

Shootout Move: "Behind the back"

Goal Celebration: "Fist pump on one knee"

Video Game: NHL '08

Movie: Remember the Titans

Actor: Denzel Washington

Book: To Kill a Mocking Bird

Website: facebook.com

Pump-up Song: Techno songs

Food to Cook: Pancakes

Sport (other than hockey): Baseball

Activity Away from the Rink: "Hanging with friends"

Place to Visit: Dominican Republic

 

STATISTICS

Season  Team   League  GP   G    A   PTS   PIM

2006-07 Sarnia     OHL     63  42  50    92     56

2007-08 Sarnia     OHL     61  58  47   105    88

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