Sad news out of St. Louis today as long-time Blues forward Alexander Steen has announced his retirement from the NHL after 15 seasons in the league due to a back injury. Drafted 24th overall by Toronto in the 2002 draft, Steen played his first 3 seasons in Toronto before being traded in 2008 to St. Louis in a trade that saw Lee Stempniak go the other way.
Alexander Steen has announced his retirement from hockey due to a back injury. Steen's NHL career spanned 15 seasons, more than 1,000 NHL games, 454 points and a Stanley Cup in 2019. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 17, 2020
Steen leaves behind a lasting legacy in the city of St. Louis. From big-time goals scored to be a major voice in the locker room, he was always being talked about when the Blues were mentioned anywhere. Two of his most famous goals came in the playoffs. One of them was a shorthanded goal in overtime against Los Angeles in 2013 and the other was in triple-overtime against Chicago in 2014.
Overall, his biggest achievement in this league came in 2019 when he helped St. Louis capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history as well as his first cup. Steen managed to rack up 245 goals and 377 assists for 622 points in 1,018 regular-season games. He also tallied 15 goals and 21 assists in 91 playoff games. Everyone at Tarps Off would like to wish Alexander Steen and his family on their next chapter in life after hockey. God speed.