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Steve Chiasson
Steve Chiasson
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 14, 1967
Birthplace: Barrie, ON, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1985 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (50th overall)
Steve Chiasson was "the kind of guy you wanted to go to war with," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said soon after learning about the tragic death of the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman in 1999. Those sentiments seem to echo predominantly throughout the hockey world when his friends and former teammates speak of him. The words "good guy" and "friend" also come up with regularity.

Chiasson began his trek to the NHL playing Junior B hockey in Peterborough, followed by three years in the OHL with the Guelph Platers where they captured the Ontario championship in 1986. The Platers, led by Chiasson, Gary Roberts, and Kerry Huffman, went on to capture the Memorial Cup later that spring, beating the Hull Olympiques in the championship game in Portland, Oregon 6-2. Chiasson, nicknamed "Tank" by his junior teammates, was recognized as the Memorial Cup tournament MVP.

Chiasson was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third-round of the 1985 NHL entry draft, 50th overall. He got his first taste of NHL action in 1986-87 when he played 45 games with the Red Wings, scoring a goal and five points. After splitting his time between Detroit and Adirondack the following year, Chiasson played in 65 games with Detroit in 1988-89, scoring 12 goals and 47 points. He remained with the Red Wings through the 1993-94 season. His best year in Detroit came in 1992-93, when he had 12 goals and 50 assists for a career-high 62 points.

In the shortened 1994-95 season, Chiasson was a member of the Calgary Flames, where he played for two-and-a-half years, before being sent to the Hartford Whalers part-way through the 1996-97 season. The team moved to Raleigh, North Carolina the following year and was re-named the Hurricanes. He played two seasons with the Hurricanes.

Just hours after his club had been eliminated from the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs by the Boston Bruins, Chiasson was killed in an automobile accident while driving home from a friend's house.

In November 1999, the family of Steve Chiasson dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff prior to a game against the Calgary Flames, one of Chiasson's former teams, in remembrance of his 13-year NHL career. Susan Chiasson and her three children went to center ice for the faceoff with Carolina captain Ron Francis and fellow players Glen Wesley and Gary Roberts, who was Chiasson's teammate on that championship junior team in Guelph many years earlier. A 90-second retrospective of Chiasson's career was also played on the large scoreboard early in the first period as the fans and both teams watched closely during a stoppage in play.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
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J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80