From the start of the 2009-10 season through November 11, 2013, no NHL player scored more goals than Canadian forward Steven Stamkos. On that November, 2013 date, Stamkos suffered a broken tibia playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, putting his chances of playing in the Olympics in doubt. However, Stamkos' general manager with the Lightning is Steve Yzerman, who also chose the 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey team, still put Stamkos on the roster he'll take to Sochi. And considering Stamkos has either outright led or tied for the NHL's lead in goal scoring in two of the last four seasons, it's not hard to see why.
- Led the NHL in goals in 2011-12 with 60, which made him the first NHL center to score at least 60 goals in a season since Mario Lemieux did so in 1995-96.
- Finished the 2009-10 season with 51 goals, which tied with Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in both 2011 and 2012.
- Drafted with the first overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
- Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 World Championships, and played for Canada at the 2010 and 2013 World Championships.
Things to know:
1. Stamkos' last name is of Macedonian origin.
3. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, he played pickup hockey on a team with his father in the Greater Toronto Area.