Steve Tambellini

Steven Anthony Tambellini (born May 14, 1958) is a Canadian former NHL player and was the general manager for the Edmonton Oilers, from July 2008 to April 2013. He is currently a scout for the Anaheim Ducks

Steve Tambellini
Steve Tambellini at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Born (1958-05-14) May 14, 1958
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New York Islanders
Colorado Rockies
New Jersey Devils
Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 15th overall, 1978
New York Islanders
Playing career 19781988

Playing career

Steve Tambellini played his junior hockey for the Lethbridge Broncos of the WHL from the 1975–76 season until the 1977–78 season, where he scored 155 goals and notched 181 assists in 193 games. He would earn the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the top rookie in the league for his effort in the 1975–76 season.

In the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, Tambellini was chosen 15th overall by the New York Islanders. He would spend two years with New York, winning a Stanley Cup with them in the 1980 season. He was dealt at the trade deadline the next season along with Chico Resch to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Mike McEwen. He stayed with Colorado for two seasons, including their first season as the New Jersey Devils as the franchise was relocated in 1982. While playing for the New Jersey Devils, Tambellini scored the new team's first ever hat trick on December 3, 1982 in a 5-4 victory over Hartford. After the 1982–83 season, Steve was traded to the Calgary Flames. He would remain there for two seasons before signing on as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks, where he would round out his NHL career.

He would go on to play a minor amount of time in both the Swiss Hockey League and the Austrian Hockey League.

International Play

During his career, Steve Tambellini represented Canada on three separate occasions: In 1978 he played for Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championship, winning a bronze medal after scoring two goals and two assists. He played in the World Hockey Championship as well as the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he scored a goal and three assists.

After retirement

After his retirement from hockey, he was hired by the Canucks as the Director of Public and Media Relations and remained with the franchise until July 2008. In 1997, he would be promoted to Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. In 1998 his position would change again, this time to the Vice President of Player Personnel. In this position he would oversee player development and professional player scouting, until eventually being named Assistant General Manager to Dave Nonis and to Mike Gillis after Nonis was fired by the Canucks on April 14, 2008.[1]

In 2002, he was the Director of Player Personnel for the gold medal winning Canadian Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He would be rewarded again, being named the Director of Player Personnel for both the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In 2004, he was inducted into the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame.

On July 31, 2008 he was named General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers after the Oilers promoted Kevin Lowe to President of Hockey Operations.[2]

On April 13, 2013 he was fired by the Edmonton Oilers, and was replaced by Craig MacTavish. The Anaheim Ducks hired Tambellini as a part-time scout on November 21, 2013.

Personal life

His father, Addie Tambellini, helped the Trail Smoke Eaters win the 1961 World Ice Hockey Championships, the last Canadian amateur team to do so.[3] His oldest son, Jeff Tambellini, was drafted 27th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Jeff is now following in his grandfathers foot steps becoming the Head Coach and General Manager of the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL in 2018. His youngest son Adam Tambellini, was drafted by the New York Rangers 65th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, the Belleville Senators.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 72 38 59 97 42
1976–77 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 55 42 42 84 23
1977–78 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 66 75 80 155 32
1978–79 Fort Worth Texans CHL 73 25 27 52 32 5 0 1 1 0
1978–79 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1979–80 New York Islanders* NHL 45 5 8 13 4
1980–81 New York Islanders* NHL 61 19 17 36 17
1980–81 Colorado Rockies NHL 13 6 12 18 2
1981–82 Colorado Rockies NHL 79 29 30 59 14
1982–83 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 25 18 43 14
1983–84 Calgary Flames NHL 73 15 10 25 16 2 0 1 1 0
1984–85 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 7 2 5 7 0
1984–85 Calgary Flames NHL 47 19 10 29 4
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 48 15 15 30 12
1986–87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 16 20 36 14
1987–88 Canadian National Team Intl 10 2 3 5 2
1987–88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 11 10 21 8
1987–88 Villach VSV Aust 36 44 37 81 34
1988–89[4] ZSC Lions Switz ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
NHL totals 553 160 150 310 105 2 0 1 1 0


Preceded by
Mike Bossy
New York Islanders first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Duane Sutter
Preceded by
Kevin Lowe
General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Craig MacTavish
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