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FORMER WINNIPEG JETS GREAT THOMAS STEEN JOINS COYOTES AS PRO SCOUT

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Wednesday, July 9, 2008
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that former Winnipeg Jets forward Thomas Steen has been hired as a Professional Scout.  
 
“Thomas is a welcomed addition to our scouting staff,” said Maloney. “Not only does he have a tremendous playing history with our organization, but he is an experienced scout with a good hockey mind.”
 
Steen spent his entire 14-year NHL career (1981-1995) with the Winnipeg Jets.  After being selected by the club in the fifth round (103rd overall) of the 1979 Entry Draft, Steen went on to record 264-553-817 and 753 penalty minutes (PIM) in 950 career games with the Jets.  He remains the Coyotes/Jets organization’s all-time leader in assists (553) and also ranks 2nd in points (817) and games played (950) and 3rd in goals (264).  He also ranks 2nd in shorthanded goals (13), 4th in power play goals (73) and T-5th in game-wining goals (29).
 
On May 6, 1995, Steen’s No. 25 was retired in a ceremony at Winnipeg Arena and is one of only four numbers in the Coyotes Ring of Honor at Jobing.com Arena (Wayne Gretzky, No. 99; Bobby Hull, No. 9; and Dale Hawerchuk, No. 10).
 
No other player wore a Winnipeg sweater longer or with more pride and dignity. He entered the NHL in 1981 as a 21-year-old rookie, demonstrating a rare combination of toughness, speed and grace.  He scored 15 goals and 44 points in his first NHL season. In each of his 13 NHL seasons that followed, the native of Grums, Sweden gave his all-out effort every night, earning a reputation as one of the league’s toughest, most talented and consistent players.
 
Perhaps the finest season of Steen’s career came during the 1988-89 campaign when he registered 27 goals and set career highs for assists (61) and points (88).  He was chosen as the Jets’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy following the 1992-93 season and was the Jets’ co-captain for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.  He was selected to represent the Jets at the 1990 NHL All-Star Game.
 
Steen worked as a professional, amateur and European scout for the Minnesota Wild organization from their inception in 2000-01 through the 2006-07 season.  Most recently, he worked in a player development role for the Anaheim Ducks.  His son, Alex, is a center for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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