Kris Versteeg is hanging up the skates after 11 NHL seasons and 2 Stanley Cups. He put up 358 points (149G 209A) in 643 NHL games. He played in 93 playoff games and put up 48 points (18G 30A) including 3 game-winning goals.
Steeger played on 7 teams through his career: Chicago Blackhawks (294 games), Florida Panthers (99 games), Calgary Flames (93 games), Toronto Maple Leafs (53 games), Philadelphia Flyers (27 games), Carolina Hurricanes (63 games), and LA Kings (14 games). He won both Cups with the Blackhawks in 2010 and 2015.
His retirement comes as no surprise. Steeger hasn’t seen an NHL game since 2018 and his contract with the Chicago IceHogs was mutually terminated back in November as Kris dealt with a nagging hip injury, basically announcing he was retired then. He said the last games he was going to play, if he was gonna return, were with his brother over in Europe.
Steeger was the heart and soul of the locker room in his early years with the Hawks. He was always the funny guy making jokes and that’s why I loved him when I first got into hockey. Here are some golden Versteeg clips to make you smile on this cold, cloudy Tuesday.
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