Alexander Steen Announces Retirement After 15 NHL Seasons

In the 2002 NHL Entry Draft the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Alexander Steen with the 24th overall pick. After 15 NHL seasons Alex Steen has announced his retirement. Alex Steen was forced into retirement because of back problems.

Spending 12 years with the Blues and its hard for me to remember watching a game without Steen on the roster. Steen along with Carlo Colaiacovo were part of a trade back in November 2008 between the Leafs and Blues which sent Lee Stempniak to Toronto. Playing over 1,000 games between those two teams and ranks 4th in the Blues franchise for games played. If his body would allow it I’m sure Alex Steen would play at least 1,000 more NHL games.

Son of former Winnipeg Jets forward Thomas Steen and part of only four father-son duos to record 600 NHL points.

Alex Steen is a guy full of nothing but heart, putting his teammates first, and always gives everything when he’s out on the ice. Someone you might not think of even when you do see his name on the three stars sheet. So calm and cool on and off the ice. Even has a great sense of humor, below is one of my favorite interviews.

I don’t have one particular favorite Alex Steen goal but this is one of my favorites against the Blackhawks. Watch Doug Armstrong discuss every detail about Steen’s retirement below.

Congratulations to Alex Steen on your wonderful NHL career and thank you for bringing the cup to St. Louis after all these years! It might seem like Alex may have some extra time on his hands after being done playing professional hockey but guess again, he’s got a new baby boy born the night before the official retirement announcement.

More Blues news: former captain Alex Pietrangelo signed a seven-year, $61.6 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights back in October, while Ryan O’Reilly will be named the 23rd captain of the St. Louis Blues. Did anybody think there was going to be someone not named O’Reilly captain and good for Alex Pietrangelo he deserves it but from a franchise perspective I’m not a fan of seven years.

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