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Atkinson, Steven (Steve)

Atkinson, Steven (Steve)


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From playing on his homemade backyard ice rink as a child to playing for the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres in the N.H.L., Steven John Atkinson lived and breathed hockey.

Steven’s hockey career began in Barrie, playing for just about every minor hockey team and honing his skills during his off-time on the frozen Kempenfelt Bay in the winter. While playing in Barrie, Steven’s potential captured the eye of Hap Emms. Hap and his son Paul worked with Steven, guiding him to become a better hockey player.

When the Barrie Flyers moved to Niagara Falls, Hap took Steven along with him, promising that he would do everything he could to get him to the N.H.L. In the four years that Steven played for the Niagara Falls Flyers, he scored 77 goals. One of his proudest moments as an athlete was in game eight of the O.H.L. Championship Series when he scored the winning goal to eliminate the Kitchener Rangers on April 26, 1968. That season, the Flyers went on to eliminate Verdun in the Eastern Canada Finals and the Estevan Bruins to capture the Memorial Cup. Steven scored 19 playoff goals in 29 games and received 12 points.

In the 1968/69 hockey season, Steven joined the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League which served as the minor league team for the Boston Bruins. That year, he scored 40 goals and received 80 points in 65 games, was named Rookie of the Year and made his N.H.L. debut with the Boston Bruins. In 1970, Steven joined the Buffalo Sabres where he played for four seasons. Adding to his list of hockey teams, Steven also played with the Washington Capitals, the Richmond Robins, the Buffalo Norsemen, the Toronto Toros of the W.H.A., the Brantford Alexanders and the Erie Blazers.

In 2003, Steven passed away at the age of 53 and ended a lifetime of making his hockey dreams come true. 
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Title Niagara Falls Virtual Sports Wall Of Fame - Steven John Atkinson Athlete - Hockey 1900 - 1970 Era
Notes  Inducted January 13, 2008
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