- Steven Rice
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
position = Right Wing
New York Rangers Edmonton Oilers Hartford Whalers Carolina Hurricanes
shot = Right
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 223
nationality = CAN
birth_date = Birth date and age|1971|5|26|mf=y
birth_place = Kitchener,
draft = 20th overall
draft_year = 1989
New York Rangers
career_start = 1990
career_end = 1998
2002 – 2007
Rice was drafted 20th overall by the
New York Rangersin the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Following his outstanding performance at the 1991 World Junior Hockey Championships, in which he captained Canada to the gold medal, he was considered one of the top young power forward prospects in the game. In the summer of 1991, he was sent to the Edmonton Oilersas one of the centerpieces going the other way in the trade of superstar centre Mark Messier.
His results in Edmonton would be mixed - he spent most of his first two seasons there with their AHL affiliate, but established himself as a full-time NHL player in 1993–94 scoring 17 goals. Following that season, he signed free-agent
offer sheetwith the Hartford Whalers, and joined the Whalers the following season when Edmonton declined to match the offer. In his three years in Hartford, he established himself as a quality role player, scoring a career high 21 goals in 1996–97. However, a nightmare campaign in 1997–98 following the franchise's move to Carolina, in which he scored just 2 goals, effectively ended his NHL career. He retired at the premature age of 27.
Rice came out of retirement in 2002, playing in the
Ontario Hockey Associationfor the Cambridge Hornetsuntil 2006 where he briefly played for the Brantford Blastin the same league before retiring for good in 2006.
He played 329 career NHL games, scoring 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points.
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