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Born April 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (age 58),
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs NHL
New York Rangers
AHL
Springfield Indians
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1971
New York Rangers
Career 1972 – 1982

Steve Vickers (born April 21, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey left winger.

Drafted 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft after a junior career with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHL in which he was named a First Team league All-Star, Vickers spent a single season in the minor leagues with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League before coming up to the Rangers in 1972.

Teamed on a line with centre Walt Tkaczuk and winger Bill Fairbairn that would be one of the 1970s' best two-way forward trios, Vickers finished with 30 goals and 23 assists for a total of 53 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. He played the whole of his ten year career for the Rangers, scoring thirty or more goals on four occasions and just missing on a fifth. Vickers' best season was 1975, when he scored 41 goals and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. He remained effective until his final season, in which his effectiveness dropped sharply and finished the year in the minor leagues with the Springfield Indians, after which he retired.

Vickers finished his career with 246 goals and 340 assists for 586 points in 698 games, adding 330 penalty minutes. He was named to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 1975 and 1976. He made NHL history in 1972 when he became the first player ever to record hat tricks in consecutive games (November 12 versus the Los Angeles Kings and November 15 versus the Philadelphia Flyers).

Legacy

  • Ranked No. 18 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Toronto Marlboros OHA 52 28 38 66 23
1970–71 Toronto Marlboros OHA 62 43 64 107 51
1971–72 Omaha Knights CHL 70 26 33 59 45
1972–73 New York Rangers NHL 61 30 23 53 37 10 5 4 9 4
1973–74 New York Rangers NHL 75 34 24 58 18 13 4 4 8 17
1974–75 New York Rangers NHL 80 41 48 89 64 3 2 4 6 6
1975–76 New York Rangers NHL 80 30 53 83 40
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 75 22 31 53 26
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 79 19 44 63 30 3 2 1 3 0
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 66 13 34 47 24 18 5 3 8 13
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 75 29 33 62 38 9 2 2 4 4
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 73 19 39 58 40 12 4 7 11 14
1981–82 Springfield Indians AHL 20 4 6 10 14
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 34 9 11 20 13
NHL totals 698 246 340 586 330 68 24 25 49 58

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Preceded by
Ken Dryden
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1973
Succeeded by
Denis Potvin
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