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COYOTES HONOR THOMAS STEEN

Wednesday, 01.18.2006 / 6:49 PM / News
Arizona Coyotes

THOMAS STEEN'S RETIRED NO. 25 JERSEY TO BE HONORED
AT COYOTES-OILERS GAME ON SATURDAY

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes organization will honor former Winnipeg Jets star Thomas Steen and his retired No. 25 jersey in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the Coyotes versus Edmonton Oilers game on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Glendale Arena.

Steen, who played his entire 14-year NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets, will be in attendance as his No. 25 officially joins Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 and Bobby Hull's No. 9 in the Coyotes Ring of Honor at Glendale Arena.  Steen's No. 25 was originally retired by the Jets on May 6, 1995 in his honor.  Steen became only the second Jet in franchise history to have his sweater retired and he was also the first non-North American player to have his number retired by an NHL team.

In franchise history, Steen ranks 2nd all-time in games played (950), 3rd in goals (264), 1st in assists (553), 2nd in points (817), 4th in power play goals (73), 2nd in shorthanded goals (13), tied for 4th in game winning goals (29) and 6th in hat tricks (4).  Upon his retirement, Steen ranked among the NHL's top 80 all-time point leaders as well as in the top 60 among the league's all-time assists leaders. 

Steen had a remarkable career with the Winnipeg Jets, playing 14 NHL seasons with the club.  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.

The Swedish grinder was drafted by the Jets (5th pick, 103rd overall) after his third season with Leksand in Sweden.  He set a career high with 30 goals in 1984-85 and scored 20 goals or more on four other occasions.  Steen reached the 900-game plateau on Feb. 28, 1994 versus San Jose and scored his 800th NHL point versus Edmonton on Apr. 6, 1994.

Steen had an amazing career with numerous outstanding seasons. Perhaps his finest season 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 All-Star Game.

In addition to representing the Jets in 950 NHL games, Steen played for Team Sweden at the 1981 and 1986 World Championships.  He also represented Team Sweden at the Canada Cup in 1981, 1984, 1987, and 1991.  He played for Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York in 1980 and was named the Swedish League Player-of-the-Year in 1981.

Steen was a consummate professional who embodied everything good about the Jets organization; loyalty, commitment to excellence, hard work, dedication and pride.  He played with enthusiasm and a burning desire to win at all costs.  He was an exceptional two-way player who represented the club both on and off the ice with class and distinction.

Currently, Thomas' son Alexander Steen is in his rookie NHL season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and ranks 9th among all NHL rookies in scoring with 11 goals and 24 points in 38 games.

The Coyotes will face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, January 21 at Glendale Arena.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.  For ticket information, please call 480-563-PUCK (7825), or visit www.phoenixcoyotes.com.

PHOENIX COYOTES/WINNIPEG JETS ALL-TIME CAREER LEADERS

GAMES PLAYED
1. Teppo Numminen  1,098
2. THOMAS STEEN  950
3. Dale Hawerchuk  713
4. Shane Doan  694
5. Doug Smail  691
6. Keith Tkachuk  640
7. Randy Carlyle  564
8. Ron Wilson  536
9. Paul MacLean  528
10. Laurie Boschman  526

GOALS
1. Dale Hawerchuk  379
2. Keith Tkachuk  323
3. THOMAS STEEN  264
4. Paul MacLean  248
5. Doug Smail  189
6. Morris Lukowich  168
7. Shane Doan  155
8. Laurie Boschman  152
9. Teemu Selanne  147
10. Jeremy Roenick  141

ASSISTS
1. THOMAS STEEN  553
2. Dale Hawerchuk  550
3. Teppo Numminen  426
4. Keith Tkachuk  300
5. Paul MacLean  270
6. Fredrik Olausson  249
7. Dave Babych  248
8. Shane Doan  230
9. Laurie Boschman  227
10. Randy Carlyle  226

POINTS
1. Dale Hawerchuk  929
2. THOMAS STEEN  817
3. Keith Tkachuk  623
4. Teppo Numminen  534
5. Paul MacLean  518
6. Doug Smail  397
7. Shane Doan  385
8. Laurie Boschman  379
9.  Jeremy Roenick  351
10. Morris Lukowich  345

POWER PLAY GOALS
1. Dale Hawerchuk  122
2. Keith Tkachuk  114
3. Paul MacLean  97
4. THOMAS STEEN  73
5. Teemu Selanne  49
6. Morris Lukowich  46
7. Ed Olczyk  45
8. Pat Elynuik  44
9. Andrew McBain  41
10. Fredrik Olausson  40

SHORTHANDED GOALS
1. Doug Smail  25
2. THOMAS STEEN  13
3. Dale Hawerchuk  12
   Keith Tkachuk  12
5. Dave McLlwain  9
6. Dallas Drake  8
7. Jeremy Roenick  7
   Laurie Boschman  7

GAME WINNING GOALS
1. Keith Tkachuk  40
2. Jeremy Roenick  32
3. Doug Smail  31
4. THOMAS STEEN  29
   Dale Hawerchuk  29
6. Shane Doan  24
   Paul MacLean  24
8. Ladislav Nagy  21
9. Teppo Numminen  19
10. Laurie Boschman  16
    Morris Lukowich  16

HAT TRICKS
1. Dale Hawerchuk  12
2. Keith Tkachuk  9
3. Teemu Selanne  8
4. Paul MacLean  7
5. Alexei Zhamnov  5
6. THOMAS STEEN  4
7. Ray Neufeld  3
   Jeremy Roenick  3

 
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