Steve Vickers (ice hockey)

Stephen James Vickers (born April 21, 1951) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1973.

Steve Vickers
Born (1951-04-21) April 21, 1951
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
New York Rangers
AHL
Springfield Indians
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1971
New York Rangers
Playing career 19721982

Playing career

Steve "The Sarge" Vickers played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) and was named a First Team league All-Star. He was drafted 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft.[1] He spent a season in the minor leagues with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League before the Rangers called him up in 1972.

Vickers, centre Walt Tkaczuk and winger Bill Fairbairn formed a line that proved to be one of the 1970s' best two-way forward trios. Vickers scored 30 goals and 23 assists for a total of 53 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.[1] He played all of his NHL career with the Rangers, scoring thirty or more goals in each of four seasons. He was later moved to the Rangers' first line with Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle. Vickers' best season was 1974-75, when he scored 41 goals and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team.[1] He remained effective until his final season, in which his effectiveness dropped sharply; he finished the year in the minor leagues with the Springfield Indians, after which he retired.

Vickers played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1975 and 1976.[1] He made NHL history in 1972 when he became the first rookie, as well as the first New York Ranger, to score hat tricks in two consecutive games (November 12 versus the Los Angeles Kings and November 15 versus the Philadelphia Flyers).[2] In February 1976, Vickers set the Rangers team record for most points in a game, with seven, against the Washington Capitals.[3]

Legacy

  • Ranked No. 18 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69Markham WaxersMetJHL36434083
1969–70Toronto MarlborosOHA-Jr.52283866231155105
1970–71Toronto MarlborosOHA-Jr.6243641075113812205
1971–72Omaha KnightsCHL7026335945
1972–73New York RangersNHL6130235337105494
1973–74New York RangersNHL75342458181344817
1974–75New York RangersNHL804148896432466
1975–76New York RangersNHL8030538340
1976–77New York RangersNHL7522315326
1977–78New York RangersNHL791944633032130
1978–79New York RangersNHL66133447241853813
1979–80New York RangersNHL752933623892244
1980–81New York RangersNHL731939584012471114
1981–82New York RangersNHL349112013
1981–82Springfield IndiansAHL20461014
NHL totals 698 246 340 586 330 68 24 25 49 58

References

  1. "Steve Vickers - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  2. "Steve Vickers". All Time Roster. New York Rangers.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  3. Gaffer, Wes; The New York Daily News (2001). New York Rangers: Millennium Memories. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 74. ISBN 978-1582613710. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
Preceded by
Norm Gratton
New York Rangers first round draft pick
1971
Succeeded by
Steve Durbano
Preceded by
Ken Dryden
Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
1973
Succeeded by
Denis Potvin
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