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St. Louis a 'Good Fit' for Steen

Blues forward says he's comfortable in his role with the Blues

Sunday, 02.07.2010 / 6:17 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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St. Louis a \'Good Fit\' for Steen
   
Alex Steen is all smiles these days with 12 goals and nine assists in his last 25 games. Steen is the son of former Winnipeg Jets star Thomas Steen (Getty Images).

  Video: Steen's Goal Highlights
  By The Numbers: Steen's Bio and Career Stats
  Charity: The Amadeus Steen Foundation
When Thomas Steen installed a lamp post near a man-made lake in his backyard, he probably never imagined it would determine a career path for his son, Alex.

In the middle of winter with temperatures 40 below zero in Winnipeg, the lake was frozen solid and the added light provided an opportunity for Alex to continue playing hockey well after the sun went down.

With that, a dream of playing in the NHL was born.

While his dad starred for the Winnipeg Jets in the 80s and 90s, Alex remembers spending a lot of time with Jets equipment manager Craig Heisinger, who mentored him while his dad spent time on the ice. Alex met many NHL All-Stars when they were just beginning their careers, including Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, Tie Domi and even Keith Tkachuk.

“It was pretty cool. The guys were really cool about me hanging out around the room,” Alex said recently, recalling the days when he was a shy kid surrounded by men who had achieved a dream he could only hope to one day achieve. “Everybody was good to me. They were a bunch of great guys.”

While growing up and practicing on the backyard lake, Alex said he learned a lot about the game from his dad, who spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Jets and scored 817 points (264 goals, 553 assists) in 950 games played. Before the team relocated to Phoenix, Thomas and Bobby Hull were the only two players to have their numbers retired by the franchise.

“When I was younger, (I learned) more technical things like skating and things like that from my old man,” Alex said. “The older you get, the more you kind of learn about experience. I get into certain situations that my dad had been through in the 14 years that he played, so it’s easy to talk to him about it.”

As Alex grew, his dream of being an NHL player became more and more of a reality. With his dad retired from the game and the family having moved to Sweden, Alex gained experience with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League on the junior level. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (24th overall) in 2002 and debuted with the team three years later.

In November 2008, he learned that he was dealt to St. Louis with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo for forward Lee Stempniak.

“It was great for me. A new opportunity, new scenery. The Blues organization has been great,” Alex said. "It’s been first class really since both Carlo and I got here. Everybody’s been supportive, the city’s been great. My family loves it here and everything has been top notch.”

 Charitable Efforts
In memory of his brother, who passed away at two months old, Alex Steen and his family helped established the Amadeus Steen Foundation in 2007. Based in Winnipeg, the foundation works to enhance the lives of children through non-clinical initiatives that restore hope. LEARN MORE
And so has his game.

Steen has elevated his play this season for the Blues. He’s already surpassed his point production last season in 18 less games. In his last 25 contests, he’s tallied 12 goals and 9 assists.

“Nothing’s really different,” he said about his game. “After the (wrist) injury (early in the season), I came back and things just weren’t working. I worked at it and I feel like now, I have good legs, I’m skating a lot more and creating more chances.

“Obviously, shooting the puck helps.”

With the team trying to make a late-season push to the playoffs for the second year in a row, Steen’s heroics will have to continue. And without a contract for next season, Steen is hoping he’s proven enough to remain with the Blues.

“We love it here, my family really enjoys St. Louis,” he said. "The organization has been great to me and my family. We’ll see what happens, but obviously St. Louis is a good fit for me.

“I like playing here. It’s a great group of guys. Hopefully I’ll be able to stay.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
12 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 33 20 17 18 37
K. Shattenkirk 33 5 23 14 28
J. Schwartz 31 11 16 10 27
J. Lehtera 32 8 17 13 25
A. Steen 31 8 13 -1 21
A. Pietrangelo 33 3 17 -10 20
D. Backes 32 8 7 -4 15
P. Stastny 25 7 6 0 13
T. Oshie 25 5 7 2 12
P. Berglund 32 4 7 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 8 4 1 .931 1.82
J. Allen 11 3 2 .907 2.49

 
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