Steve Atkinson
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
172 lb (78 kg)
Teams NHL
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Washington Capitals
WHAToronto Toros
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 16, 1948(1948-10-16),
Toronto, ON, CAN
Died May 6, 2003 (age 54),
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1966
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 1968 – 1978

Steven John "Steve" Atkinson (October 16, 1948 – May 6, 2003) was a Canadian player who played the positions of center and right wing.

Originally drafted in 1966 by the Detroit Red Wings, he was immediately traded to the Boston Bruins. Atkinson played four seasons for the Niagara Falls Flyers (1964-68). He won the Memorial Cup in 1964-65 and 1967-68,

Atkinson would join two expansion teams during his career. He was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft, and he spent four seasons with them. In the 1974 NHL Expansion Draft he would be claimed by the Washington Capitals. During his only season with the Capitals, he would become the first player in franchise history to score on a penalty shot on February 1, 1975 against the Vancouver Canucks. Atkinson would also have a stint with the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association.

He played in 302 NHL games, scoring 60 goals and 51 assists.

Atkinson died of a heart attack on May 6, 2003 at the age of 54.

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Preceded by
George Forgie
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Ron Barkwell
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