|Born||June 18, 1990|
Hastings, MN, U.S.
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
|NHL team (P)
|New York Rangers|
Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
|Ntl. team||United States|
|NHL Draft||2nd round (51st overall), 2008|
New York Rangers
Derek Stepan (born June 18, 1990) is an American ice hockey player. He was drafted in the 2nd round, 51st overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and enrolled in August 2008 as a freshman for the Wisconsin Badgers of the WCHA.
Derek was born into a hockey family, as his father, Brad Stepan, was also a draft pick of the Rangers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Showing an excellence for hockey as a young age, he was fortunate enough to land a spot on the roster of the prestigious Shattuck-Saint Mary's (SSM) hockey team. SSM had rostered future NHL all-stars such as Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, and Jonathan Toews. At the powerhouse hockey team, he scored 81 points in his junior season. He followed that up with 111 points (44 goals and 67 assists) in his senior season, leading the team and closing out a very successful prep career.
At the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championships, he was the captain of the United States team and led the tournament in scoring with 4 goals and 10 assists in 7 games, leading to an all-star team selection. He captained the United States to win their second gold medal ever by defeating Canada in overtime.
- Won a World Junior gold medal with Team USA in 2010.
- Named to the World Junior all-star team in 2010.