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NHL PLAYER, Steven Stamkos

BIOGRAPHY

Born Feb 07, 1990 -- Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 1 #1 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Steven Christopher Stamkos (born February 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain 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. Playing with the Sarnia Sting of theOntario Hockey League, he scored 100 goals over two years. After a successful OHL career, Stamkos was selected first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has won two Maurice Richard Trophies as the league's leading goal-scorer (2010 and 2012), is a one-time NHL Second Team All-Star (2011) and has been named to two NHL All-Star Games (2011, 2012).

Stamkos played in his first NHL game in Prague, Czech Republic, at the start of the 2008–09 season.  On February 17, 2009, Stamkos recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career against the Chicago Blackhawks. He would go on to finish the season with 19 points in his final 20 games.

Prior to the 2009–10 season, Stamkos spent the summer training extensively with former NHL player Gary Roberts, working on adding strength and endurance. Stamkos had a breakout season, competing for the NHL lead in goal-scoring throughout the campaign. Stamkos ended the season with 51 goals, tied for most in the NHL with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins; the two shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as goal-scoring champions. He tied Crosby in the final minute of the last game of the season with an empty net goal. Stamkos became the third-youngest player to score 50 goals in a season, after Wayne Gretzky and Jimmy Carson. His number of goals, 51, was 5 more than he had points in the 2008–09 season. With his 44 assists, he totalled 95 points, ranking fifth in league-scoring.

Following a high-scoring start to the 2010–11 season, in which he scored 19 goals in his first 19 games, Stamkos began to attract media attention for challenging the elite 50 goals in 50 gamesstandard. Gretzky, who scored 50 goals in a record 39 games in 1981–82, told reporters he thought Stamkos was surrounded by enough talent in Tampa Bay to achieve the feat. In January 2011, Stamkos was named by the NHL to play in the NHL All-Star Game.

As the Lightning ranked fifth in the Eastern Conference, Stamkos made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2011. On April 23, he scored his first two career playoff goals, as well an assist, in an 8–2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins. During the deciding Game 7, Stamkos took a slapshot from Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk to the face. The impact broke his nose and bloodied his face, forcing him to momentarily leave the game; he returned with a full-visored mask. The Lightning went on to lose the game 1–0, eliminating them from the playoffs. Stamkos scored below his regular season pace with 13 points over 18 games, ranking fifth in team-scoring.

During the off-season, Stamkos became a restricted free agent on July 1, 2011. Eighteen days later, he re-signed with Tampa Bay with a five-year, $37.5 million contract.

Stamkos is known for being an elite goal scorer in the league today, having scored 51 goals during the 2009-10 NHL Season and 60 goals during the 2011-12 NHL season.

Stamkos has played for Canada in the 2008 World Junior Ice 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 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Stamkos continued to impress at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, scoring on his first career shift and 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.
 

Source: Wikipedia

NEWS

Lightning get back on track behind Stamkos’ brilliance May 16, 2018

Steven Stamkos led the Tampa Bay Lightning back into the winner’s circle last night, tallying a goal and an assist in a 4-2 defeat of the Washington Capitals. The Lightning captain also finished the game with an excellent 58% faceoff winning percentage to go along with his 2-point performance. The 28-year-old sharpshooter has been hot of late, with 4 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Stamkos has monster game in Lightning win March 05, 2018

Steven Stamkos put on an offensive show on Saturday night, guiding the NHL-best Tampa Bay Lightning to 7-6 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The superstar center tallied an incredible 5 points in the contest (2 goals, 3 assists), and even threw in the game-winning shootout goal for good measure. He unsurprisingly went on to be named the 1st star of the game. For the season, the Markham-native has already set a new career-high for assists (50), and his +23 rating also represents a new high-water mark.

For more on Stamkos and Saturday’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Against all odds, Stamkos is back to being among the NHL’s best January 26, 2018

After countless injury setbacks seemed to put his career in perpetual stasis, Steven Stamkos has managed to overcome it all, propelling himself back to the top of the heap. The 27-year-old superstar center is now healthy and playing better than ever, and will be a central figure during this weekend’s All-star festivities. The Markham-native has not only been one of the best player’s in the league this season, but also a leader on a serious Stanley Cup contender. He is a major reason why his Tampa Bay Lightning currently hold the best record in the league (34-12-3). Through 49 games, Stamkos sits 4th overall in points (58), and leads the NHL in power play goals (12).

For more on Stamkos, keep reading the nhl.com story here.

 

Stamkos and Namestnikov click in Lightning’ victory November 09, 2017

Lightning duo Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov continued their hot run of form last night, tallying a total of six points between the two of them in a comfortable, 5-1 defeat of the San Jose Sharks.  Stamkos, who currently leads the entire NHL in points with 28, added 3 more assists to his totals in the win. Namestnikov meanwhile, who eventually would be named the game’s 2nd star, registered 2 goals, an assist, 4 shots on net and 3 blocked shots.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.

Stamkos named player of the month; Schwartz claims 3rd star honours November 02, 2017

Steven Stamkos was named the 1st star for the month of October yesterday, leading the NHL in both assists (18) and both points (24) in 13 games played. This has been a huge turnaround for the 27-year-old superstar forward, who was sidelined for 65 games last season. Stamkos has been a huge reason why the Tampa Bay Lightning are off to an NHL best 10-2-1 record (21 points). Jaden Schwartz, meanwhile, was named 3rd star of the month, helping guide the St. Louis Blues to one of their best starts in years. The Wilcox-native currently sits 3rd in the NHL in points (17), and 4th in plus/minus (+10).

For more on Stamkos and Schwartz, keep reading the nhl.com story here.

Stamkos named first star of the week October 23, 2017

Steven Stamkos was named the 1st star of the week on Monday, after guiding the Tampa Bay Lightning to an impressive 3-0-1 record. The superstar forward was a unanimous choice for the award after tallying four straight, multi-point games. He would eventually finish the week with an incredible 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) and a plus/minus rating of +6.  The native of Markham, Ontario unsurprisingly leads the NHL in points (18) and assists (15) through 9 games.

For more on Stamkos, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Stamkos raring to go at upcoming training camp September 05, 2017

Steven Stamkos has had his fair share of long-term injuries over the last couple of seasons, but despite the setbacks, the 27-year-old sniper is excited to get the new season underway. The two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard says he feeling better than ever since undergoing surgery on his knee in November of last year.  Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup hopes went by the wayside after Stamkos’ injury last year, so all eyes will be on the perennial All-Star’s progression in 2017-18.

For more on Stamkos, keep reading the sportsnet.ca story here.

 

Stamkos stays hot as Lightning roll November 11, 2016

Steven Stamkos was a driving force in the Tampa Bay Lightning's victory last night, scoring a goal and setting up two others in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. He eventually went on to be named the 1st star of the contest. The 26-year-old center has had a great start to his 2016-17 season, averaging better than a point per game (17 points in 14 games). He currently sits 2nd overall in the NHL in points, and 5th in assists.

For more on Stamkos and the Lightning win last night, keep reading the nhl.com recap here

Stamkos stays hot in Lightning romp October 26, 2016

Steven Stamkos put in a dominating performance last night, guiding the Tampa Bay Lightning to an emphatic, 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The star center, who eventually would be named first star of the game, registered two goals, two assists and a plus/minus rating of +4.  It has been an impressive start to the season for the Markham, Ontario-native. Through six games, Stamkos sits 2nd overall in points (9), and goals (5).

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.  

Stamkos clutch in Lightning win October 19, 2016

Steven Stamkos scored one of the goals of the early season last night, guiding the Tampa Bay Lightning to a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over stateside rival the Florida Panthers. Down 3-2 with six seconds left in the third period, the sharpshooting center scored on a one-timer down low, firing the puck home from a nearly impossible angle. The Toronto-native also added an assist in the win, and went on to be named the 1st star of the contest.

For more on Stamkos and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here

Stamkos shines in preseason finale October 11, 2016

Steven Stamkos was excellent in Tampa Bay’s preseason finale on Saturday, claiming first star honours in a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators.  Playing in his first competitive game since winning gold at the World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada, the 26-year-old center looked like he was in midseason form, registering 3 assists, 3 shots on net and a +2 rating. 

For more on Stamkos and Saturday’s game, keep reading the sportstalkflorida.com story here

Stamkos and Marchand lead Canada to victory September 28, 2016

Canada defeated Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey best-of-3 final last night, and Steven Stamkos and Brad Marchand were front and center, both scoring in the win.  Stamkos’ first goal of the tournament turned out to be the game-winner, and according to his teammates was long overdue. Marchand meanwhile notched his 4th of the tourney, and also added and assist for good measure. The recently re-signed Boston Bruin currently sits 2nd in WCH scoring, tallying 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com article here.

Stamkos finally gets his shot with Team Canada September 06, 2016

After missing his chance at Olympic glory in 2014 due to a season-ending injury, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey represents Steven Stamkos’ big moment on the international scene, a chance to beat the best of the best in his sport. The 26-year-old sniper has been one of the top scorers in the game since his arrival in the NHL, tallying nearly a point per game (562 points in 569 games), including 312 goals. In 2015-16, the Markham-native registered 36 goals and 28 assists in 77 games.

For more on Stamkos, keep reading the nhl.com article here

Stamkos commits to new, 8-year deal with Tampa Bay June 30, 2016

Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on an 8-year, $68 million contract. The 26-year-old, All-world center has been one of the most electrifying scorers since his arrival in 2008, tallying 312 goals in just 569 games. The Markham, Ontario-native has twice captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, made 4 NHL All-Star game appearances, and helped guide the Lightning to a Stanley Cup final in 2015.

For more on Stamkos, check out the nhl.com story here

Stamkos leads the charge in Lightning romp March 14, 2016

The Tampa Lightning shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-0 last night, with Steven Stamkos providing the offensive spark in the victory.  The two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy winner scored his 30th and 31st goals of the year, and added an assist for good measure. The Markham, Ontario-native has now surpassed the 30-goal plateau for the 5th time in his 8-year career.  Stamkos also reached the 300-goal plateau earlier this year, making him the 9th youngest player in NHL history (26 years, 12 days) to achieve that milestone.

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Palat, Stamkos and Namestnikov propel Lightning to win January 20, 2016

Ondrej Palat was named the first star last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning hung on for a 6-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers. The Czech-born winger registered a goal and an assist in the contest, and a plus/minus rating of +1. His linemates Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov also contributed to the scoring, with the former tallying two assists and the latter a goal and an assist.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Stamkos and linemates guide Lightning to win January 13, 2016

A line consisting of Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov provided all the firepower that the Lightning needed last night, in their 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Stamkos was named the first star of the contest, scoring twice and leading all players in shots with 7. Palat was equally productive, scoring a goal and adding two assists, while finishing the game with a plus/minus of +3. As for Namestnikov, his two assists pushed his point streak to three games. In that timeframe, the Russian rising star has five points and a plus/minus rating of +7.

For more on Tampa Bay’s win, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Stamkos nets pair in Lightning win December 21, 2015

Steven Stamkos helped guide the Tampa Bay Lightning to victory last night, scoring twice in a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. The 25-year-old sniper was a threat all night long, tallying a game-high seven shot on net. In 34 games this year, the two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner has tallied 14 goals and 11 assists.

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Stamkos records milestone in Lightning win October 13, 2015

Steven Stamkos recorded the 500th point of his career on Monday, scoring a power-play goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins. The Markham-native achieved the feat in just his 495th NHL game.  The goal was the 278th of his career. In three games this year, the sharpshooter has found the back of the net twice.

For more on Stamkos, keep reading the nhl.com piece here

Stamkos scores again as Lightning top the Rangers May 25, 2015

Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 2-0, taking a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The sharpshooting centerman would go on to be named the first star of the contest. Stamkos has been on a roll of late, scoring a goal in four straight games, and registering seven points in that timeframe. He currently sits 2nd overall in points in the NHL playoffs with 17 (7 goals, 10 assists).

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com piece here

Stamkos leads the Lightning into the Eastern Conference Final May 13, 2015

Steven Stamkos scored the winning goal last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montréal Canadiens by a score of 4-1. The All-star centerman was named the first star of the match, adding four shots on net and three hits to the scoresheet. The 25-year-old, Markham-native has been on fire of late, registering three goals and four assists in his last five games.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Stamkos erupts with three-point performance May 04, 2015

Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the NHL playoffs last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the Montréal Canadiens by a score of 6-2. The two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award winner also added two assists in the contest, and went on to be named the first star of the match. Stamkos broke the game open in the second period, when he scored on a semi-breakaway with a nifty move. The Markham-native has registered 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 9 playoff games to date.

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com article here

Stamkos leads the charge in big Lightning win March 17, 2015

Steven Stamkos was named the first star of the game last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Atlantic-leading Montréal Canadiens by a score of 4-2. The perennial all-star center scored his 38th and 39th goal of the season, and added an assist for good measure. He also led all skaters with six shots on net, and was an impressive 67% in the faceoff circle. The two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner is on pace for his highest goal output since 2011-12, when he scored a league-leading 60 goals.

For more on Stamkos and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com article here

Stamkos scores in Lightning win February 06, 2015

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning took down the Dallas Stars by a score of 5-3. The 24-year-old sharpshooter has not missed a beat in his return from injury this season, tallying 48 points in 53 games thus far. He currently sits 3rd in the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy race with 28 goals, just four behind the leader.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the tampabay.com recap here

Stamkos scores 250th goal December 11, 2014

All-star center Steven Stamkos scored his 250th goal, Tuesday night, in the Tampa Bay’s 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Markham, Ontario-native became the 10th youngest player in NHL history to reach the milestone, getting there in his 439th contest.  In 29 games this year, Stamkos has 17 goals and 16 assists.

For more on stamkos, keep reading the nhl.com piece here

Stamkos carries the load in Lightning win November 27, 2014

Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added two assists last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. The goal was the Markham-native’s 15th of the year, which ties him for 2nd overall in the NHL. The 24-year-old is well on his way to another 40+ goal campaign, having already achieved that mark three times in his career to date. Through 23 games this year, the two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard winner is averaging more than a point per game, tallying 15 goals and 12 assists.

For more on last night’s contest, check out the nhl.com story here

Stamkos pots a pair in Lightning’ win November 10, 2014

Steven Stamkos was named the 2nd star of the match last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 4-3, shootout victory.  The Markham, Ontario-native scored two goals and led all forwards with 24:51 of ice-time played. The sharpshooter currently sits 2nd in the league in goals (10) and 3rd in shots (59).

For more on last night's game, check out the nhl.com story here

Stamkos scores a pair in Lightning’ win October 31, 2014

Steven Stamkos led the charge in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the win. The two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner netted his 7th and 8th goals of the year, which currently ranks him 2nd in the NHL in that department. The superstar centerman has looked like his old self this year, after missing much of last season with a leg injury.

For more on Stamkos and the Lightning' win, check out the tampabay.com story here

Stamkos ready to put Lightning on his back this season October 14, 2014

Steven Stamkos enters the 2014-15 campaign with his mind set on one thing: getting back to dominating on the ice. He appeared to be in midseason form last night, scoring a hat trick in Tampa Bay’s commanding 7-1 win over fellow rivals the Montreal Canadiens. The 24-year-old was a force to be reckoned with all night long, taking a game-high 12 shots on net.  The performance illustrates Stamkos’ commitment to excellence and perseverance. 11 months removed from a severe leg injury, the Markham, Ontario-native is living proof that hard work really does pay off.  

For more on Stamkos, keep reading the espn.com piece here

For a recap of last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Stamkos healthy and raring to go October 07, 2014

With the regular just a day away, Steven Stamkos is feeling like his old self again, and is looking to pick up where he left off before an injury curtailed his 2013-14 campaign.  The All-world sniper got out of the gate on fire last season, scoring 14 goals and assisting on 9 others in just 16 games played. If not for the broken leg he suffered on November 11th, who knows what kind of year the superstar center could have finished with.  Now completely healed, the Lightning captain is looking forward to the upcoming season, with the hopes of guiding his team to the playoffs and beyond.

For more on Stamkos, check out the nhl.com article here

Stamkos looking to bounce back from a big injury in 2013-14 September 09, 2014

10 months since suffering a broken right tibia in a game against the Boston Bruins, Steven Stamkos is ready for a return to normal in 2014-15.  The two-time, Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner returned to the Tampa Bay Lightning in March for the run-up to the NHL Playoffs, but is reportedly feeling much better now than he did then.  Now that his leg feels that much stronger, the All-star centerman is excited to get the new season started, and pick up where he left off before the injury.

For more on Stamkos, check out the nhl.com article here.

Stamkos’ goal proves crucial in Lightning win March 14, 2014

Steven Stamkos’ third period marker proved to be the deciding goal in a 5-4, Tampa Bay Lightning victory over the Florida Panthers.  Out for almost 4 months with a broken right shin, the two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner scored his first goal since November 9th, and also added an assist. In 25 games this year, the marksman has 15 goals and 10 assists.

For more on Stamkos and last night’s game, keep reading the tampabay.com article here.

Subban and Stamkos headline Team Canada’s Olympic selections January 07, 2014

The wait is finally over. Hockey Canada officially named their highly anticipated 25-man roster, Tuesday, a list highlighted by the inclusion of 2013 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, as well as the NHL’s top goal scorer in 2010 and 2012, Steven Stamkos.   Other notables include forward Corey Perry along with defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Dan Hamhuis and Drew Doughty.

For more on Hockey Canada’s selections, keep reading the tsn.ca story here.

Steven Stamkos breaks out with hat trick versus Panthers October 11, 2013

After going scoreless thus far this season, Steven Stamkos broke out in a big way last night, lighting the lamp three times en route to a 7-2 thrashing of the Florida Panthers. The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper finished the night with 4 points, putting him in a tie for 4th in scoring (6 points) with fellow stars P.K. Subban and Phil Kessel.

For more On Stamkos’ electrifying performance, keep reading the sportsnet.ca article here.

Subban, Stamkos among top names invited to Canada’s Olympic camp July 23, 2013

With the Sochi 2014 Olympics right around the corner, Hockey Canada announced their preliminary list of 47 players for the nation’s upcoming orientation camp in late August. Headlining that list is the newly crowned Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, along with 2-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard award winner Steven Stamkos. Other notable invitees include: Drew Doughty, Jordan Eberle, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Brad Marchand, James Neal, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, and Mike Richards.

For more on this story, keep reading the NHL.com piece here.

For more on Subban's reaction to being invited to the Olympic camp, check out the montrealgazette.com article here.

Stamkos, Schultz and Eberle impress in win over Sweden May 10, 2013

Steven Stamkos is not letting the disappointment of missing the NHL playoffs get to him. In four games thus far in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, Stamkos leads the Canadian squad with 3 goals and 4 assists, tying him for first overall in the tournament.

The Lightning marksman was at it again last night, netting the winning goal in Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden.  Earlier in the week, Stamkos racked up 4 points in a convincing, 7-1 rout of Norway.

Justin Schultz had one of his better games to date, assisting on Stamkos’ second-period, PP goal. The rookie blue-liner stood out, impressing with his puck distribution and vision on the ice.

Jordan Eberle had another solid game for Canada, setting up his linemates for numerous opportunities. The Oiler standout has 5 assists in 5 games thus far in the tournament.

For more on last night’s contest, keep reading the Edmonton Journal article here

Mr. Consistency: Steven Stamkos is the new Brett Hull April 10, 2013

In the last few years, the NHL landscape has been a bit all over the place. 8 th place teams winning the cup, long-term injuries to a variety of star players, teams flip flopping from bottom feeders to contenders. Indeed, there has been very little you can count on. Except, that is, for Steven Stamkos. If you can count on one thing, it is that the sniper will do his thing, year in, year out.  

Since the 09-10 season, when he won his first of two Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophies, Stamkos has scored 182 goals (including 26 this year). In that time he has not missed a game, finding a way to avoid injury despite being a marked man on the ice.  

In short, Stamkos is a model for consistency, much in the same way Brett Hull was in his illustrious career, which saw the prolific sniper score an incredible 741 goals. In his 17-year career, Hull rarely hit the disabled list, missing more than 20 just once in a season.  

Like Hull, Stamkos has that incredible knack for carving out his own key spots on the ice to score goals, all the while avoiding crunching hits from opposing players.  In an NHL where more and more goals are of the gritty variety, true marksmen like Stamkos are a bit of dying breed. Which makes his goal scoring prowess all the more impressive.  

After 39 games, Stamkos is currently tied for the lead in goals with Alexander Ovechkin. He has played in every game again, his 4th season in a row without missing any time due to injury. His team may have struggled this year, but you cannot put too much blame on Stamkos, whose 50 points puts him just behind current leader Sidney Crosby. Just another all-star caliber season for the 23-year-old superstar.  

Will he end up scoring as many goals as Brett Hull? It is still too early to tell. As we have seen lately, bad injuries can happen to the best of the best. Still, if his current resume is any indication, this sniper has as good a chance as anyone to catch the Golden Brett.

Stamkos, St. Louis power Lightning to victory over Sabres March 27, 2013 – Tampa Bay, Florida - TSN, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning were rewarded for their hard work.

Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and the Lightning defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Tuesday.

With new head coach Jon Cooper watching from an executive suite, the Lightning put together one of their most complete defensive efforts this season.

"We did a great job of building off of last game," Stamkos said. "We didn't get the result we wanted in Winnipeg, but we played a solid game. Today we started from the get-go and we finished with solid game."

For more on this story, click here.

Source: TSN, Associated Press

Stamkos still improving March 13, 2013 – Tampa Bay, Florida - Dave Lozo, NHL.com Staff Writer

Remember when Steven Stamkos scored 60 goals last season? In 2012-13, he's actually scoring at an even greater rate.

With his third-period, game-winning goal in the third period of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, Stamkos became the first player to reach the 20-goal mark this season and he scored it in his 26th game.

On his way to 60 goals in 2011-12, he didn't score his 20th goal until game 32.

For more on this story, click here.

Source: Dave Lozo, NHL.com Staff Writer

Stamkos named first star for February March 01, 2013 – Canada - CBC Sports

Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Chicago goaltender Ray Emery have been named the NHL's three stars for February.

Stamkos earned first-star honours after posting 10 goals and 10 assists in 14 games over the month. Entering Friday's games, he leads the NHL with 14 goals and is tied with Crosby for top spot in points with 31.

For more on this story, click here.

Source: CBC Sports

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Case Study: Steven Stamkos & Nike

From his early days on the ice in the Toronto suburb of Markham, Ontario to his meteoric rise through the ranks of the NHL, Steven Stamkos has been a star at every level in his hockey career.  

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Steven not only relies on Nike’s unparalleled technology for his apparel, base-layer and footwear needs, but also embraces the Nike brand in his everyday life.

Steven and Nike have truly built a partnership that goes beyond a “traditional” endorsement.

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