Height: 5' 9", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 8.16.63 Blaydon, England
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6.24.88
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Yup, contrary to popular belief (I don't know who did believe it before, but anyway...), Steve Thomas was NOT the first
player in Devils history to be born in England.
What differs between him and Hepple is that while Thomas had a long NHL career, Hepple was a career minor leaguer.
In his years with Maine and Utica, though, he did make a hearty contribution. He was usually good for close to 20
assists and 100 PIMs in a season. So yeah, on the minor league level, he was a solid, versatile top 6 defenseman.
When he signed with the Leafs, he would go to play 3 seasons with their AHL team, the Newmarket Saints and put up
similar numbers. He finished his playing days with 2 seasons in the IHL, split between San Diego and Cincinnati.
A few years later, he coached the Utica Blizzard of the Colonial League for the season. At season's end, after the
Nashville Predators were established, he joined their amateur scouting department. He stayed there until 2002, when he
moved to the same post with the Colorado Avalanche and stayed there until 2007. It was then that he was promoted
to Director of Amateur Scouting.
|Entry Draft: 1982 Ninth Round Pick (169th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils