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Born February 7, 1990 (1990-02-07) (age 20),
Markham, Ontario, Canada
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2008
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2008 – present

Steven Stamkos (born February 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stamkos was the first overall pick in the 2006 OHL Entry Draft, from the Markham Waxers of the OMHA.[1] After a successful career with the Sarnia Sting, Stamkos was selected first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, following the team's heavy promotion of him via their Seen Stamkos? website.[2]


Early life

Stamkos is of ethnic Macedonian[3] and Scottish descent.[4] He grew up in Unionville, Ontario and played for the Markham Waxers. Before being drafted in the OHL, Stamkos attended Brother Andre Catholic Highschool in Markham, Ontario.

Playing career


Professional play

On July 29, 2008, Stamkos signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Lightning, in which he could earn as much as $8.55 million in performance bonuses.[5] In addition, Stamkos has a number of sponsorships, including an athlete’s agreement with Nike (terms not disclosed). He is featured in a Nike online commercial called Forget Everything which was released to coincide with his first game in his hometown of Unionville on October 28, 2008. He also has an endorsement deal with Tissot watches.

Stamkos played in his first NHL game in Prague, Czech Republic at the start of the 2008–09 NHL season. He recorded his first point — a secondary assist — in his eighth game, which was against his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.[6] Stamkos was glad to have done it at home: "I think it was louder than when the Leafs scored," he said. "It was great to have that fan support."[7] He scored his first goal the next game against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. On February 17, 2009, Stamkos succeeded in getting the first hat trick of his NHL career against the Chicago Blackhawks. Though Stamkos was heavily criticized for his lack of production during the first half of the season, in which he was limited to less than 10 minutes of ice time some games, he finished the season on an impressive run, with 19 points in his final 20 games'[8]. Stamkos continued to impress at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, meshing with fellow Lightning forward Martin St. Louis for 7 goals, 11 points and a plus-9 plus/minus rating en-route to a 2-1 loss to Russia in the finals[9].

International play

Stamkos has played for Canada in the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships, where he helped the team win a gold medal. After his rookie season with the Lightning, Stamkos was named to Canada's Roster for the 2009 World Hockey Championships, where Canada won a silver medal.

Honors and awards

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic Ice hockey
World Championship
Silver 2009 Switzerland Ice hockey
  • 2007–08 CHL - Top Draft Prospect (Canadian Major Junior)
  • 2007–08 OHL - Top Draft Prospect Award
  • 2007–08 OHL - Second All-Star Team (Centre)

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005−06 Markham Waxers OMHA 72 109 99 208 91
2006−07 Sarnia Sting OHL 63 42 50 92 56 4 3 3 6 0
2007−08 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 58 47 105 88 9 11 0 11 20
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 23 23 46 39
NHL totals 79 23 23 46 39 0 0 0 0 0


Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WJC 7 1 5 6 4
2009 Canada WC 9 7 4 11
International totals 16 8 9 17


  1. ^ "OHL News", "Canadian Hockey League Website", Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  2. ^ McKenzie, Bob (2007-09-07). "Stamkos unanimous pick for top prospect". TSN. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Steven Stamkos: Hockey player". 30 December 2009. 
  4. ^ The Hockey News Magazine - Draft Preview 08 Special Issue - Article "Believe in Steven" page 8
  5. ^ "Lightning officially sign Stamkos to three-year contract". TSN. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Game Boxscore: Tampa Bay @ Toronto". 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Recap: Tampa Bay @ Toronto". 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  8. ^ "The Straight Edge: Stamkos set to take NHL by storm in sophomore season". 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  9. ^ "St. Louis, Stamkos Net Silver at World Championships". 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Kane
First overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
Succeeded by
John Tavares


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