CBCSports.ca periodically wishes a happy birthday to athletes and others involved in the sports world that have left a lasting legacy on their game. Today, we say "Happy 50th" to Scott Stevens, the Hall of Fame defenceman known best for his ferocious hits.
Scott Stevens played 1,635 regular-season and 233 playoff games for the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils, scoring 196 goals, 712 assists, and adding 2,785 penalty minutes. He won the Stanley Cup three times in New Jersey, along with a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2000.
But the Hall of Fame defenceman's most widely known attribute was his fearsome (and, by today's standards, perhaps even predatory) hits:
Game 2 of the 1995 Stanley Cup final:
Following that hit on Kozlov, Stevens was seen to tell the Red Wings' Dino Ciccarelli, who was upset about the hit, "You're next."
Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference final:
Stevens won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year.
Game 2 of the 2001 Eastern Conference final:
Game 3 of the 2001 Eastern Conference final:
Game 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup final:
The longest-serving captain in Devils history was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 -- oddly enough, in the same class with Francis.
Today, Stevens remains part of the Devils franchise, serving as the team's assistant coach.
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