Sunday, January 17, 2021

Alexander Steen Jersey Card

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A month ago to the day, St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen announced his retirement due to "multiple levels of degenerative herniated discs of his lumbar spine" from an injury suffered during the 2019-20 season. He would technically have been a free agent at the end of the current season, but his retirement frees the Blues of his $5.3M cap space, which was enough to sign free agent Mike Hoffman and provide breathing room should Vladimir Tarasenko return from injury before the playoffs.

Steen was a terrific two-way forward who hit the 20-goal mark four times, received Selke Trophy votes in seven of his 15 NHL seasons, and even some Hart consideration in 2013-14 from a 33-goal, 29-assist and 62-point season (in 68 games), including 9 game-winning tallies.

With 245 career goals, 377 career assists and 622 career points in 1055 games, he joins his father Thomas Steen as only the fourth father-and-son duo to each surpass the 600-point mark in the NHL (Thomas had 917 points in 955 games, all with the Winnipeg Jets).

Here he is wearing the Blues' white (away) uniform, with the alternate captain's "A" visible on his chest, on card #GJ-AS from Upper Deck's 2016-17 Series 1 collection and UD Game Jersey sub-set:
Steen won the Stanley Cup with the rest of the Blues players in 2019.

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