Stephane Matteau
Stephane Matteau
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg)
Teams Calgary Flames (19901991)
Chicago Blackhawks (19911994)
New York Rangers (19941995)
St. Louis Blues (19951997)
San Jose Sharks (19972002)
Florida Panthers (2002–2003)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 2 1969 (1969-09-02) (age 50),
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, CAN
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1987
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 1990 – 2003

Stéphane Matteau (born September 2, 1969 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) is a former National Hockey League player.

As a member of the New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team, Matteau is most remembered for scoring two overtime goals in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. His first overtime goal ended Game 3 at 6:13 of the second overtime in New Jersey giving the Rangers a 3–2 victory and a 2–1 series lead. The second goal came at 4:24 of the second overtime of Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Matteau scored off a wraparound that bounced off a stick on the left side of New Jersey's rookie goaltender Martin Brodeur, a play which has been immortalized by the dramatic play-by-play call of Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose:

Fetisov for the Devils plays it cross-ice, into the far corner. Matteau swoops in to intercept. Matteau behind the net, swings it in front. HE SCORES! MATTEAU!! MATTEAU!! MATTEAU!! STÉPHANE MATTEAU!! AND THE RANGERS HAVE ONE MORE HILL TO CLIMB, BABY! AND IT'S MOUNT VANCOUVER! THE RANGERS ARE HEADED TO THE FINALS!!

Matteau admitted to tapping the Prince of Wales Trophy with his stick's blade before the start of the overtime period, violating a superstition of modern-day NHL players not to touch the Conference trophies before the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup, has been won. The goal gave the New York Rangers a 2–1 victory and the Wales Trophy as the Eastern Conference champions and they then defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.

Matteau finished his career in 2002–03 with the Florida Panthers and their minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, and had a career total 742 penalty minutes, 144 goals and 172 assists for 316 total points in 848 games.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86Hull OlympiquesQMJHL6068141940000
1986–87Hull OlympiquesQMJHL69274875113837108
1987–88Hull OlympiquesQMJHL57174057179185141994
1988–89Hull OlympiquesQMJHL594445892029861430
1988–89Salt Lake Golden EaglesIHL904413
1989–90Salt Lake Golden EaglesIHL812335581301063938
1990–91Calgary FlamesNHL781519349350110
1991–92Calgary FlamesNHL410119
1991–92Chicago BlackhawksNHL2058134518461024
1992–93Chicago BlackhawksNHL791518339830112
1993–94Chicago BlackhawksNHL6515163155
1993–94New York RangersNHL1243722363920
1994–95New York RangersNHL4135825901110
1995–96New York RangersNHL3242622
1995–96St. Louis BluesNHL467132065110228
1996–97St. Louis BluesNHL741620365050000
1997–98San Jose SharksNHL731514296040110
1998–99San Jose SharksNHL68815237350006
1999–00San Jose SharksNHL6912122461100228
2000–01San Jose SharksNHL801319323261340
2001–02San Jose SharksNHL55741115101232
2002–03San Antonio Rampage AHL30004
2002–03Florida PanthersNHL5244827
NHL totals 848 144 172 316 742 109 12 22 34 80

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