Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Konowalchuk
Since joining the NHL in the early 1990s, centre Steve Konowalchuk has been a solid two-way centre, a good skater with a tenacious work ethic.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Konowalchuk played two years of junior hockey with the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks. He scored a combined 94 goals and was Washington's 5th choice, 58th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Konowalchuk was voted on to the WHL's First All-Star Team after scoring 51 goals and 104 points in 1991-92. That year he also suited up for the United States when they won the bronze medal at the 1992 World Junior Championships.

In 1992-93, the young pivot split his first full pro season between the Caps and AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks. He joined Washington on a full-time basis in 1993-94 and became a solid checker and reliable 40-point producer as the fourth centre behind Dale Hunter, Michael Pivonka, Joe Juneau, and Dave Poulin. He gradually worked his way up the ladder and was a crucial part of the team when veterans Hunter and Poulin retired.

Konowalchuk's solid all round game was recognized when he played a game for the U.S. when they won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996. As the Caps began the 2001-02 season with the addition of superstar Jaromir Jagr, Konowalchuk's role as a solid two-way forward remained vital to the success of the team.

A two-time member of the US World Championship team in 2000 and 2002, Konowalchuk was appointed team captain in 2002-03 and remained as the team's leader in the early stages of the 2003-04 season, until being dealt to the Colorado Avalanche.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Prince Albert Midget Raiders SMHL 36 30 28 58 22
1990-91 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 43 49 92 78
1991-92 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 51 53 104 95 6 3 6 9 12
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 4 0 4 8
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 3 1 1 2 0
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 36 4 7 11 16 +4 2 0 1 1 0
1992-93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 37 18 28 46 74
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 62 12 14 26 33 +9 11 0 1 1 10
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 8 11 4 15 4
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 46 11 14 25 44 +7 7 2 5 7 12
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 70 23 22 45 92 +13 2 0 2 2 0
1996-97 United States W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 78 17 25 42 67 -3
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 80 10 24 34 80 +9
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 45 12 12 24 26 0
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 82 16 27 43 80 +19 5 1 0 1 2
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 2 1 3 2 0
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 82 24 23 47 87 +8 6 2 3 5 14
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 28 2 12 14 23 -2
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 2 1 3 4 +1
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 77 15 15 30 71 +3 6 0 0 0 6
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 1 1 0 -5
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 76 19 20 39 70 +2 11 4 0 4 12
2004-05 United States W-Cup 5 0 0 0 4 -1
2004-05
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 6 9 15 14 +5 2 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 790 171 225 396 703 52 9 12 21 60


WHL West First All-Star Team (1992)
WHL Player of the Year (1992)
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to shoulder injury vs. Los Angeles, October 16, 2001. Traded to Colorado by Washington with Washington's 3rd round pick (Iater traded to Carolina - Carolina selected Casey Borer) in 2004 NHL Draft for Bates Battaglia and Jonas Johansson, October 22, 2003. Missed majority of 2005-06 regular due to wrist injury at Calgary, November 21, 2005. Officially announced retirement, September 29, 2006.
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