|Born||May 29, 1988 |
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||69th overall, 2006|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Early Playing Career
Steve grew up in Oakville, Ontario, playing mostly A hockey until his Bantam year when he moved up to the AAA level with the Oakville Rangers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League.
He was drafted after his minor midget season with Oakville by the London Knights of the OHL in the 11th round of the 2004 OHL Priority Selection.
In 2004–05, while attending Abbey Park High School, Steve led the Grimsby Peach Kings club to the OHA Jr.C. title in 2004–05 and in 2005–06 was assigned to the Petrolia Jets Jr.B. club when his playing time was limited with London.
Despite this, Steve was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (69th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He started the 2007–08 season with the Blue Jackets, but was returned to London after being a healthy scratch for Columbus' first two games of the season.
While competing for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships, he was traded by the Knights to the Kitchener Rangers on January 4, 2008, hours before the semi-final game.
Upon returning from the World Junior Championships with a gold medal, Steve was briefly recalled by the Blue Jackets on an emergency basis in February, but did not appear in a game and was quickly returned.
He suffered a knee injury towards the end of the regular season, but with the playoffs approaching, he tried to play through it for several weeks.
After defeating the Plymouth Whalers in the first round, Steve was pulled out of the lineup and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on April 18th which forced him to miss the remainder of the OHL playoffs, as well as the 2008 Memorial Cup.
Kitchener won the OHL championship without Steve, but they lost 4–1 in the Memorial Cup final against the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Columbus Blue Jackets
Before Steve's first professional season, he underwent an additional knee surgery in September, causing him to miss the first month of play in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Blue Jackets' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
Shortly after recovering and joining the Crunch's lineup, Steve was called up by the Blue Jackets on November 4, 2008, in the absence of injured starter Pascal Leclaire. He made his NHL debut on November 5th, starting against, and defeating, the Edmonton Oilers 5–4.
Steve recorded his first NHL shutout several games later on November 22, making 15 saves in a 2–0 win against the Atlanta Thrashers. He continued to start games upon Leclaire's return from injury and was named NHL Rookie of the Month for November after posting a 5–2–1 record, including three straight wins and two shutouts.
In the midst of shutout streak (having not allowed a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks), Steve was named Rookie of the Month for a second-straight month in December.
Along with his three straight shutouts, Steve posted a 7–5–0 record, 1.41 goals against average (GAA) and .950 save percentage for the month.
Chosen to play for the rookies at the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game, Steve opted to skip the competition. It was later revealed on January 30, 2009, by Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson that he had been suffering from mononucleosis for the previous three-to-four weeks.
After three more starts, on February 8th, Steve was put on the injured reserve. He returned to the lineup on February 13 against the Detroit Red Wings in a 3–2 Columbus victory. He finished up the season with a 33–20–7 record, 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage.
For his season's performances, Steve was awarded the 2009 Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year honours, edging out Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks in the process.
Additionally, on April 27, 2009, the NHL announced that Steve was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender along with Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. Thomas was eventually awarded the trophy.
However, the next three seasons were a disappointment for Steve as he was unable to duplicate the play of his rookie year and the Blue Jackets failed to make another playoff appearance.
On April 3, 2013, Steve was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for goaltender Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round draft pick. On April 8, 2013, he signed a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million.
Steve had four wins and two losses in Philadelphia and posted an impressive 1.90 GAA and a .944 save percentage, leading to speculation that he would replace Ilya Bryzgalov as the starting goaltender for Philadelphia.
In the off-season, on June 25, 2013, Bryzgalov was bought-out by the Flyers where the team subsequently signed goaltender Ray Emery which effectively promoted Steve to the starter's role.
On November 12, 2013, Steve recorded his first shutout for Philadelphia against the Ottawa Senators in a 5–0 win.
On January 18, 2014, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Flyers worth $12.3 million for an annual average of $4.1 million.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||Oakville Rangers Min. Midget AAA||OMHA||27||22||4||1||1215||41||5||1.58||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Grimsby Peach Kings||NDJCHL||23||16||5||2||1239||61||2||2.96||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||61||33||20||7||3664||140||10||2.29||.916||4||0||4||239||17||0||4.27||.878|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||58||20||26||9||3201||163||5||3.05||.901||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||54||24||21||7||3027||153||3||3.03||.901||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||46||16||26||3||2534||143||1||3.39||.894||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||13||3||6||1||712||35||0||2.95||.899||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||2008 Czech Republic|
Steve first competed for Team Canada at the under-20 level in the eight-game 2007 Super Series against Russia. He then led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Prior to the semi-final game against Team USA, he was traded within the OHL from the London Knights to the Kitchener Rangers.
After defeating Team Sweden 3–2 in overtime of the gold medal game, Steve was named as the player of the game as he was in the semi-finals.
He was undefeated in five games with a tournament-best .951 save percentage and 1.19 GAA. He was named to the tournament all-star team, received top goaltender honours, and was named tournament MVP.
Following his rookie NHL season, Steve was named to Team Canada's summer orientation camp for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He was not named to the final roster, but he was reported to have been designated an injury replacement (along with St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason).
Junior Hockey Awards
- Named OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2007.
- Named Rookie of the Month for November and December 2008.
- The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year 2009.
- Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2009.
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 2009.
- Named Player of the Game in the semi-final (against Team USA) and gold medal game (against Sweden) at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
- Named to the World Junior All-Star Team in 2008.
- IIHF Best Player Award at the goaltender position at the World Juniors in 2008.
- Tournament MVP at the World Juniors in 2008.
- Set the OHL record for regular season wins with 45 in 2006–07 (broken by Andrew Engelage of the Windsor Spitfires with 46 wins in 2008–09)
- Set the CHL record for assists by a goaltender with 8 in 2007.