Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Dykstra
As a member of the Seattle Breakers of the WHL in 1981-82, Steve Dykstra earned himself the reputation as being one of the toughest players in the league, while also playing a strong, disciplined junior game. However, Dykstra was somewhat of a late bloomer and was passed over by NHL teams in the Entry Draft.

Dykstra wanted to play hockey for a living, and so he began the trek to the NHL by signing a minor-league contract with the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. Dykstra moved from the West Coast to the East, where he suited up with the AHL's Rochester Americans for 70 games in 1982-83. He had a solid first year as a pro and he also impressed the Sabres. Although he was coming along, the parent club felt he needed to improve certain facets of his game, including his skating.

Dykstra worked hard on his overall game and did improve his skating to the point where the Sabres felt they could use his toughness on their defense corps. He played in 64 games with Buffalo in 1985-86, taking on many of the NHL's tough guys, and more times than not, came out on the winning end of those battles. By 1986-87, he had made a name for himself as a defender. It gained respect from some, but further challenges from others, and in just 37 games, Dykstra found himself sitting in the penalty box for 179 minutes.

Midway through the 1987-88 season he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he got the chance to play in front of his friends and family at home. The Oilers viewed him as a logical acquisition with the ongoing physical inter-provincial rivalry between the Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Sather wanted to be sure his club had enough firepower to combat the likes of Calgary's Tim Hunter, Eddie Beers, Jim Peplinski, and Charlie Bourgeois, any one of whom would gladly crash the net at the blink of an eye. He played in just 15 games with the Oilers but was there long enough to receive a Stanley Cup with the team in 1988 after its four-game sweep of the Boston Bruins in the finals.

The next stop for Dykstra was the Pittsburgh Penguins where, among other things, he was again expected to keep the peace and to be sure opposing players did not take liberties with the likes of Mario Lemieux. He played 65 games with the Penguins in 1989-89 but was not asked to return the following year. In 1989-90, he suited up for nine games with the Hartford Whalers, but it was apparent that the end was near for Dykstra. He played several more years of pro hockey in the minors with Fort Worth of the CHL, before retiring from hockey after the 1997-98 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL 36 9 15 24 52
1981-82 Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL 13 6 6 12 28
1981-82 Seattle Breakers WHL 57 8 26 34 139 10 3 1 4 42
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 70 2 16 18 100 15 0 5 5 27
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 63 3 19 22 141 6 0 0 0 46
1984-85 Flint Generals IHL 15 1 7 8 36
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 51 9 23 32 113 2 0 1 1 10
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 4 21 25 108 +1
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 37 0 1 1 179 -7
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 18 0 0 0 77
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 1 1 2 91 0
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 1 1 33
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 2 3 5 39 +1
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 1 6 7 126 -12 1 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 9 0 0 0 2 +2
1989-90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 53 5 17 22 55
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 16 0 4 4 20
1990-91 San Diego Gulls IHL 72 6 18 24 141
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94 Toledo Storm ECHL 11 3 5 8 37 12 0 2 2 23
1994-95 Toledo Storm ECHL 10 1 5 6 19
1994-95 Fort Worth Fire CHL 10 0 2 2 12
1995-96 Fort Worth Fire CHL 57 4 12 16 84
1996-97
1997-98 Fort Worth Fire CHL 23 2 12 14 32
NHL Totals 217 8 32 40 545 1 0 0 0 2


Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, December 10, 1982. Traded to Edmonton by Buffalo with Buffalo's 7th round pick (Davis Payne) in 1989 NHL Draft for Scott Metcalfe and Edmonton's 9th round pick (Donald Audette) in 1989 NHL Draft, February 11, 1988. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, October 9, 1989. Traded to Boston by Hartford for Jeff Sirkka, March 3, 1990.
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