LAST NHL SEASON: Passed former teammate L. Murphy (1,615) for most appearances by a defenseman in NHL history (1,616) November 26 in 3-3 overtime tie at Anaheim…Also passed Assistant Coach J. MacLean (934) into sole possession of second place on the Devils’ all-time games played list November 21 in 2-1 OT win vs. Pittsburgh (935)…Participated in the 1,000th overall win of his NHL career (873 regular-season) December 4 in 3-0 decision vs. Washington; is second to M. Messier on the NHL’s all-time list in this category (1,007)…Played in his 1,600th NHL game October 16 in 2-2 OT tie vs. Toronto…Has played in 956 of 1,034 games (92.5%) since making his Devils’ debut October 5, 1991…Is plus-282 in 13 seasons with Devils and +393 lifetime…With 337 assists, is third on Devils’ all-time assist list…Placed on Injured Reserve List January 20; missed 48 games January 9-April 17 with concussion…Posted last point with assist on OT goal January 5 in 3-2 win vs. Edmonton…Recorded four multiple-point games: 1g-1a-2pts December 21 in 2-2 OT tie at Chicago, 2a November 19 in 4-1 victory vs. Buffalo, 2a November 5 in 3-2 OT win vs. San Jose and 1g-1a-2pts October 30 in 3-2 win vs. Philadelphia…With second assist November 5, became just the tenth defenseman in history to reach the 900-point mark in his NHL career…Selected as starter for Eastern Conference at 2004 All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury…Recorded three goals overall; did not score first goal of 2002-03 season until March 1…Recorded game-winning tally/only goal of game November 8 at Ottawa, after missing game November 7 vs. Toronto due to personal reasons…Had assists/points in back-to-back games November 15-19 (3a)…Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia marked first time he ever missed a Devils’ post-season contest – and just the second time in his career (’88 PDSF, Wsh. vs. Phi.).
CAREER: Completed campaign fourth on the league’s all-time games played list at 1,635; trails only G. Howe (1,767), M. Messier (1,756) and R. Francis (1,731)…Was the first of three players (A. MacInnis, Cgy, StL. & M. Messier, Edm., NYR) in history to reach the 600-plus games played mark with two teams (Wsh.)…2002-03: Served as captain of Eastern Conference All-Star Team; made his 13th appearance…Played in his 1,000th overall game with New Jersey December 28 vs. Washington (871 regular-season & 129 playoffs); passed A. Delvecchio into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL all-time games played list with 1,550 that same night…Posted 2a December 21 vs. Dallas to establish a then-franchise record for most career assists (B. Driver, 316) by a defenseman…Assist October 26 vs. Tampa Bay was his 400th point with New Jersey – temporarily the most by a defenseman in team history; was surpassed by S. Niedermayer February 5, 2003…Appeared in his 900th regular-season game with Devils February 27 at the NY Islanders…Participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 20th time in 21 NHL seasons, tying him for second (G. Howe, L. Murphy & L. Robinson) all time…Captained Devils to Stanley Cup Championship for third time, while tying an NHL record (P. Roy) by playing in his 13th career game seven…Set NHL record among defensemen with his 228th playoff appearance in game two of SCF vs. Anaheim; is fifth overall…Took puck to head area in first shift of game 3 of ECSF at Tampa Bay…Returned to action the next game and posted power play goal…2001-02: In his 20th NHL season, was one of just two Devils (J. Madden) to play in each of the club’s 82 games…Finished tied for first among the club’s defensemen (B. Rafalski) with +15 mark; was +26 in his last 46 games after going -11 through December 29…Recorded his 300th assist with New Jersey December 5 at Montreal…Appeared in his 800th game in a Devils’ sweater January 15 vs. Tampa Bay…Became the eighth player in history to appear in 1,500 NHL games March 13 vs. the NY Islanders; at 37 years, 11 months and 12 days was youngest-ever to accomplish feat…Did not record his only goal of season until April 12 vs. Montreal…2000-01: Named to NHL’s Second All-Star Team for third time, while finishing third in balloting for Norris Trophy…Played in 81 games, his highest total since 1995-96; was a late-season healthy scratch April 2 vs. Chicago…Appeared in his 1,400th NHL game January 24 at Dallas; played in his 700th game as a Devil December 5 vs. Colorado…Recorded 9g-22a-31pts overall; goal and point totals were his highest since 1993-94…Finished first among Devils’ defensemen with +40 mark; was "even" or "plus" in 17 straight contests March 8-April 7 (+17)…Represented North America in his 12th All-Star contest and had 2a…Appeared in all 25 post-season games, including his 100th with Devils in game 2 of ECQF vs. Carolina, and his 200th lifetime in game 4 of SCF vs. Colorado…1999-00: Finished first on Devils with +30 mark; led club for second straight season…Became 22nd player in NHL history to appear in 1,300 games December 4 vs. Calgary…Recorded his 800th career NHL point with shorthanded/empty-net goal October 16 vs. the NY Islanders…Appeared in his 600th game with Devils October 11 at Ottawa…Represented North America in his 11th All-Star contest…Successfully shutdown P. Bure, M. Sundin, J. LeClair and M. Modano en route to Conn Smythe Trophy; was just seventh defenseman honored…Finished playoffs tied for first in NHL with +9 mark…1998-99: Finished with a team-leading +29 mark…Missed 5 games in March with slight groin strain…Appeared in his tenth All-Star contest January 24 at Tampa Bay…1997-98: Played in 80 games overall; did not make one-game road trip April 16 in club’s season-closing road outing…Posted his NHL milestone 600th assist February 7 at the NY Islanders…Played in his 500th game as a Devil March 2 vs. Philadelphia…Also appeared in his 1,200th NHL game in April 18 regular-season finale vs. the NY Islanders…April 15 match included his first OT goal as a Devil…Finished first among the club’s defensemen at +19…Represented Canada at 1998 Olympic Winter Games and North America at All-Star Game…Re-signed with Devils December 9, 1997…1996-97: Season-finale April 13 at Philadelphia marked his first-ever healthy scratch as a Devil…Was suspended for game October 7 following double high-sticking minor received in October 5 season-opener vs. Detroit…Was named to NHL Second All-Star Team; was also fifth in the balloting for the Norris Trophy…Finished first among Devils’ defensemen with +26 rating…Appeared in his 400th game with Devils January 8 vs. Colorado and played in his 1,100th career NHL game February 27 vs. Buffalo…Represented Devils at 1997 All-Star Game in San Jose and posted 2a…1995-96: Appeared in every regular-season game for second straight season and fifth time in career; was only Devil to play in all 82 contests…Two assists November 2 at San Jose gave him 700 career points…Appeared in NHL Milestone 1,000th career game January 9 vs. St. Louis…Fractured right cheekbone after being hit in face with puck February 11 vs. Anaheim; despite injury, played with face shield and did not miss any playing time…Honored by SportsChannel as New York Area Athlete of the Year…Represented Devils as starter at NHL All-Star Game in Boston; also played for Team Canada at inaugural World Cup of Hockey tourney…1994-95: Was one of just five Devils to play in all 48 regular-season contests; also appeared in all 20 in post-season en route to Stanley Cup Championship… Scored 200th point as a Devil with assist February 27 vs. Montreal…Lone goal of Stanley Cup Playoffs was game-winner with 0:29 left in game 2 of ECSF at Pittsburgh…1993-94: Finished just four points behind Boston’s Bourque in closest Norris Trophy race ever…Established career-highs with 78 points and 83 games played; 60a set club’s single-season record…Became first defenseman ever to lead Devils in scoring; 18g set single-season mark for NJ backliners and 78pts were 12 better than Devils’ previous single-season mark (T. Kurvers, ’87-88)…Set personal career-high with 12-game point-scoring streak March 5-27 (4g-14a-18pts)…Goal October 12 vs. Winnipeg was his 600th NHL point; second assist February 13 at Tampa Bay was the 500th of his career…Represented New Jersey at All-Star Game in Montreal and had 1g-1a-2pts for East. Conf…Was selected as Most Valuable Devil by local hockey writers and was teammates’ choice for Players’ Player Award for third straight season…Fine season was rewarded on July 9 when Devils matched offer sheet signed with Blues five days earlier…1992-93: Became fifth captain in team history on September 24…For the second straight season, led New Jersey defensemen in points (57) and plus/minus (+14)…Voted Players’ Player by teammates for second year in a row…Became sixth player in NHL history to post 500pts and 2,000 penalty minutes…Only lineup absence was 3-game stretch December 29-January 2 due to concussion suffered December 27…Appeared in his 800th career game February 17 vs. St. Louis…1991-92: Sent to Devils on September 3 from St. Louis after an arbitration ruling awarded him as compensation for the Blues’ signing of B. Shanahan; reported to training camp on September 26 upon completion of Canada Cup series…Played in his 700th NHL game November 20 vs. Washington, posted 500th point with first of 2a November 23 at Philadelphia, and recorded 400th assist December 13 vs. Pittsburgh…Was New Jersey’s lone rep at All-Star Game and scored a goal…Was voted as Players’ Player by teammates…Missed 12 games after suffering right knee strain February 20; returned March 19…1990-91: Signed with St. Louis as a free agent July 12 and was named captain just before start of regular-season…Tied B. Hull for team lead with +23 rating…Scored 100th career goal November 3…Only games missed were March 28-30 due to suspension for altercation in game March 17…1989-90: Finished second among Caps’ defensemen in scoring (11g-29a-40pts) despite playing in just 56 games…Topped 40pts with Capitals for seventh straight season…Played in all 15 playoff games and led Washington defensemen in scoring (2g-7a-9pts)…1988-89: Led Caps’ defensemen in scoring for second straight season while leading club in assists and penalty minutes…Represented Wales Conference at All-Star Game and had an assist…1987-88: Finished season as runner-up for Norris Trophy behind Boston’s Bourque…Finished second on team in penalty minutes, marking first time in five campaigns that he did not lead club…Set club record for assists in a game with five December 6, a mark since broken…1986-87: Played in 77 games and finished second on club in assists with 51…Was named NHL Player of the Week for period ending March 16 after posting 2g-7a-9pts in 3 GP…Led team in penalty minutes for the fourth straight season with 285, a club record at the time…1985-86: Appeared in 73 games; missed 7 games with bruised right knee…Once again led Caps with 165 PIM…1984-85: Appeared in all 80 games for first time in career…Finished as team’s top-scoring defenseman and fourth-leading scorer…Selected to play in mid-season All-Star Game for first time…Represented Team Canada in Canada Cup Tournament…1983-84: Played in 78 contests; his 45pts were 20 better than rookie total a year earlier…Led Caps’ defensemen with +26 rating; 13g tied Murphy for the club lead among defensemen…1982-83: Finished third in voting for Calder Trophy…Led NHL rookie defensemen in penalty minutes and finished second among league rookies with +14 rating…Scored a goal on his first shot in the NHL October 6 vs. the NY Rangers…OTHER: Appeared in four World Championship tourneys: 1983, ’85, ’87 and ’89…Played on Memorial Cup-winning Kitchener Rangers in 1982.
PERSONAL: Married, wife’s name is Donna…The Stevens have three children: 16-year-old daughter Kaitlin, 14-year-old son Ryan and ten-year-old daughter Kara…In 2003 made appearances with the Stanley Cup on Live with Regis and Kelly, as well as Emeril Live, with K. Daneyko…Also appeared on CBS’ Late Show, with guest host Tom Green…Appeared in 2003 episode of Whoopi, with teammates S. Gomez and J. Pandolfo…Greeted President George W. Bush at Newark’s Liberty Airport…Younger brother Mike saw limited NHL action with Vancouver, Boston, NY Islanders and Toronto…Older brother Geoff is a Devils’ scout…Lists Los Angeles as his favorite NHL city and Forrest Gump and Braveheart as his favorite movies…Favorite TV show growing up was The Three Stooges and favorite subject in school was art…Enjoys hunting in his free time…Donated tickets during the 2002 Playoffs to the Scott’s Kids Program, a section of seats given to the families of victims of 9/11 and other charities…Along with other NHL captains, wears a special Hockey Fights Cancer patch at select games each season; jerseys are then auctioned during NHL’s HFC online charity auction…Named the fifth most fearsome player in NHL history in April 2001 The Sporting News article.