Left wing power forward Kevin Stevens was born April 15, 1965 in Brockton, Massachusetts. Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (108th overall) of the 1983 NHL Draft, Stevens progressed rapidly with each passing season during a four-year collegiate career at Boston College and continued to blossom as he turned professional.
During his years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Stevens developed into one of the top power forwards of his era. Often playing on a line with the legendary Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, Stevens racked up four straight seasons with 40-plus goals and an average of more than one point per game, including back-to-back campaigns of 54 and 55 goals along with 123 and 111 points in the regular seasons of 1991-92 and 1992-93 while racking up 254 and 177 penalty minutes in the same two seasons.
Stevens was also force in the playoffs, and was an important part of his team's drive to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
However, as Stevens' career progressed, he was beset by injuries, personal and legal problems and he became more journeyman than star. Trying to get both his career and life back on track, Stevens signed with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent on July 7, 2000.
Stevens played in 23 games for the Flyers (two goals, nine points, 18 penalty minutes) before he was traded to Pittsburgh on January 14, 2001 for American Hockey League star defenseman John Slaney.
For his NHL career, Stevens played 874 regular season games (329 goals, 397 assists, 726 points, 1,470 penalty minutes) and 103 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs (46 goals, 60 assists, 106 points, 170 penalty minutes). Over the course of his career, he appeared for the Penguins, Boston Bruins, LA Kings, New York Rangers and a second stint in Pittsburgh before retiring in 2002.
After his playing days, the well-liked Stevens continued to battle his personal demons, with varying degrees and durations of success.