Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Black
Stephen Black was often described as a solid all-round offensive player who believed in taking care of his defensive responsibilities first while waiting for the opportunity to set up plays in the offensive zone. He was a key member of the 1943-44 Port Arthur Flyers that played in the Memorial Cup, where he played the best hockey of the season. In nine games he responded with six goals and eight points. In 1945-46 he scored 17 goals in just eleven games and in the playoffs suited up for the Port Arthur Bruins during their Memorial Cup run.

After another year in northern Ontario, Black joined the Oakland Oaks of the PCHL where he notched 43 goals and 79 points in just 60 games. His solid improvement earned him a spot in the AHL with the St. Louis Flyers for the next two years. The NHL's Detroit Red Wings had closely been monitoring the progress of Black and traded for him in the summer of 1949.

In 1949-50 Black dressed for 69 games and was told to concentrate primarily on his defensive duties, with the Red Wings already abundantly strong offensively with the likes of Howe, Lindsay and Abel leading the way. The season ended in grand style for Detroit, which went on to win the Stanley Cup, beating the New York Rangers in the seventh and deciding game.

In December 1950 Black was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks where he played the last 39 games of the year. It was the last time he played in the NHL. He closed out a successful career playing two years with the Calgary Stampeders of the WHL, retiring at the end of the 1953-54 campaign.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 10 4 2 6 8 6 3 6 9 0
1943-44 Port Arthur Flyers M-Cup 9 6 2 8 6
1944-45 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 11 17 8 25 4 3 2 0 2 0
1944-45 Port Arthur Bruins M-Cup 10 2 4 6 6
1945-46 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 6 11 10 21 0 5 7 5 12 4
1946-47 Oakland Oaks PCHL 60 43 36 79 79
1947-48 St. Louis Flyers AHL 58 11 18 29 29
1948-49 St. Louis Flyers AHL 62 24 47 71 59 7 0 5 5 12
1949-50 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 7 14 21 53 13 0 0 0 13
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 0 0 2
1950-51 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 8 1 2 3 13
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 39 4 6 10 22
1950-51 Milwaukee Seagulls USHL 9 4 6 10 11
1951-52 St. Louis Flyers AHL 37 9 21 30 34
1952-53 Calgary Stampeders WHL 45 21 16 37 61 5 4 3 7 2
1953-54 Calgary Stampeders WHL 43 21 33 54 29 18 2 4 6 6
1953-54 Calgary Stampeders Alx-Cup 7 2 3 5 0
NHL Totals 113 11 20 31 77 13 0 0 0 13


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1950) Traded to Detroit by St. Louis (AHL) with Bill Brennan for Fern Gauthier, Cliff Simpson, Ed Nicholson and future considerations, August 29, 1949. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Lee Fogolin for Bert Olmstead and Vic Stasiuk, December 2, 1950.
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