Steve McCarthy (ice hockey)

Steve McCarthy (born February 3, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. McCarthy played in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and the Atlanta Thrashers.

Steve McCarthy
Steve McCarthy with the ZSC Lions after winning the championship in Switzerland in 2012.
Born (1981-02-03) February 3, 1981
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
Atlanta Thrashers
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
TPS
ZSC Lions
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 1999
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 20002016

Playing career

McCarthy was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks with the twenty-third pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut in the 1999–2000 NHL season and he recorded an assist on his first shift. After playing 134 games with the Blackhawks, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on August 22, 2005 in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was then traded to the Atlanta Thrashers by the Canucks for a conditional fourth-round pick. on March 9, 2006[1]

In the 2008-09 season, McCarthy left the NHL and signed a one-year contract with Russian team Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League. McCarthy struggled to adapt to the European transition and went scoreless in just 18 games with Ufa.

On July 10, 2009, McCarthy returned to the North America when he was signed by the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract.[2] However, on September 24, before ever playing a game with the Ducks prior to the 2009-10 season McCarthy was traded back to Atlanta, for future considerations.[3]

On October 1, 2010, McCarthy, went back to Europe, signing with TPS, whose squad had been decimated by in defence. He played 32 games in his only season for the team.

McCarthy signed a one-year deal with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A on October 16, 2011, to play under former NHL coach Bob Hartley.[4] On April 17, 2012 - with just 2.5 seconds left in regulation time - he scored the game-winning goal in game 7 of the Swiss playoff finals for ZSC Lions.

Helping the Lions to claim the title, McCarthy followed Bob Hartley, as the newly appointed head coach of the Calgary Flames, back to North America and signed with Flames AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat after a successful try-out on October 7, 2012.[5] McCarthy though was released by the Flames on January 18, 2013 and five days later on January 23, rejoined ZSC Lions for the remainder of the campaign.

In the 2014-15 season, McCarthy as a free agent belatedly signed a professional tryout contract with the AHL's Springfield Falcons on November 11, 2014. He played three games before being released.[6] On February 23, 2015, he was again signed in the AHL in agreeing to a try-out contract with the Iowa Wild.[7]

As an unsigned free agent over the summer, McCarthy continued his playing career by signing a one-year contract with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL on October 3, 2015.[8] In 30 games with the Wings, McCarthy contributed with 9 points before returning to the American League in signing a professional try-out contract with the Lake Erie Monsters on January 8, 2016.[9] McCarthy featured in 17 games with the Monsters, and remained on the roster as a healthy scratch as the Monsters won their first Calder Cup.

On July 19, 2016, McCarthy signalled the end of his playing career after 16 professional seasons, in accepting an assistant coach role to remain with the Lake Erie Monsters.[10]

International play

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World U20 Championship
2000 Sweden
2001 Russia

McCarthy was captain of Team Canada at the 2000 World Juniors Championships in Sweden. He led the team to a bronze medal finish, as Canada defeated the United States in a shootout.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
199697 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 57 25 52 77 61
199697 Edmonton Ice WHL 2 0 0 0 0
199798 Edmonton Ice WHL 58 11 29 40 59
199899 Kootenay Ice WHL 57 19 33 52 79 6 0 5 5 8
1999–00 Kootenay Ice WHL 37 13 23 36 36
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 1 1 2 4
200001 Norfolk Admirals AHL 7 0 4 4 2
200001 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 44 0 5 5 8
200102 Norfolk Admirals AHL 77 7 21 28 37 2 0 3 3 2
200102 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 2
200203 Norfolk Admirals AHL 19 1 6 7 14 9 0 4 4 0
200203 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 1 4 5 23
200304 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 25 1 3 4 8
200506 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 2 4 6 43
200506 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 16 7 3 10 8
200607 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 46 4 12 16 24
200708 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 55 1 6 7 48
200809 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 18 0 0 0 16
200910 Chicago Wolves AHL 25 2 5 7 28
201011 TPS SM-l 32 0 0 0 81
201112 ZSC Lions NLA 27 3 7 10 12 15 1 5 6 6
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 30 2 8 10 27
2012–13 ZSC Lions NLA 8 0 1 1 6
2013–14 ZSC Lions NLA 3 0 0 0 2 18 0 5 5 6
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 3 0 0 0 6
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 13 1 3 4 6
2015–16 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 30 2 7 9 18
2015–16 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 17 0 1 1 6
NHL totals 302 17 38 55 168

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC18 3 0 1 1 0
2000 Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 0
2001 Canada WJC 7 1 1 2 6
Junior totals 17 1 4 5 6

Awards and honors

Awards Year
WHL
East First All-Star Team 2000
NLA
Swiss Champion (ZSC Lions) 2012, 2014

References

  1. "Thrashers acquire Steve McCarthy, Fata waived". Atlanta Thrashers. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  2. "Ducks sign Defensman McCarthy". Anaheim Ducks. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  3. "Thrashers acquire Steve McCarthy from Anaheim". Atlanta Thrashers. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  4. "Vertrag für Steve McCarthy" [Lions add former NHL defenseman McCarthy]. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. "Heat announce roster moves and player signing". Abbotsford Heat. 2012-10-07. Archived from the original on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  6. "Springfield Falcons release defenseman Steve McCarthy from PTO". Springfield Falcons. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  7. "Iowa signs veteran Steve McCarthy". Iowa Wild. 2015-02-23. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  8. "Kalamazoo adds to blueline with NHL veteran". Kalamazoo Wings. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  9. "Monsters sign veteran defenseman Steve McCarthy to PTO". Lake Erie Monsters. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  10. "Jared Bednar extended, CBJ announced additional Monsters staff hirings". Lake Erie Monsters. 2016-07-19. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Bell
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Mikhail Yakubov
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