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Steve Duchesne #28
In 1986-87, Steve made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings, scoring 13 goals and 25 assists in 75 games. His first-year performance led to his selection to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Through 79 games in 1988-89, Steve scored a career-high 25 goals. He also played in his first NHL All-Star Game in 1989. He was selected again in 1990. In each of his five seasons with the Kings (1986-91), he led the Kings' defencemen in scoring. On May 30, 1991, he was traded with Steve Kasper and a 1991 fourth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jeff Chychrun and the rights to Jari Kurri. Steve played 78 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1991-92, tallying 18 goals and 38 assists. On June 20, 1992, he was traded with Mike Ricci, Peter Forsberg, Kerry Huffman, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, 1993 and 1994 first-round draft picks and $15 million to the Québec Nordiques in exchange for Eric Lindros. He played in his third NHL All-Star Game in 1993. Steve also set a team record for points by a defenceman. On Jan. 23, 1994, he was traded with Denis Chassé to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Bob Bassen, Garth Butcher and Ron Sutter. On Aug. 4, 1995, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 1996 second-round draft pick. He led the team's blueliners again in 1996-97 with 47 points (19 goals, 28 points). On Aug. 25, 1997, he was traded to the Blues for Igor Kravchuk. Also in 1997-98, he played in his 800th NHL game, and scored his 200th NHL goal, 400th NHL assist, as well as his 600th NHL point. Steve was traded to Philly for Dave Babych and Philly's fifth-round choice (Nathan Marsters) in 2000, on March 23, 1999. In 1998-99, with Los Angeles and Philly, Steve scored six goals and 24 assists in 71 games. He signed as a free agent with the Red Wings on September 3, 1999. In the 1999-2000 season, Steve registered 10 goals and 31 assists in 79 games. In 2000-01, Steve scored 25 points as the Red Wings won the Central Division title. Steve played in his 1,000th career game on October 15, 2000.
Steve played two seasons with Drummondville of the QMJHL. In 1983-84, he scored one goal and 34 assists in 67 games. He posted career-highs with 22 goals, 54 assists, and 76 points in 1984-85. In 1985-86, Steve made his professional debut with New Haven of the AHL, where he scored 14 goals and 35 assists in 75 games.
Steve won a silver medal for Canada at the 1996 World Championships.
Steve enjoys playing golf in his spare time.