11 Steve Kasper


About the Jersey
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings
Road CCM Knit, Size 50

Moderate use with a few burns, puck/stick marks, fraying on the sleeve numbers and crest, and a nice repair below the crest. Jersey is accompanied by a Team LOA signed by Executive Vice President, Roy A. Mlakar. Very rare, first LA road jersey from this former Selke recipient.


Steve Kasper was a quick little centre with solid instincts and strong work ethic. He was a capable scorer but his true strength was as a defensive pivot and penalty killer. During his career he became one of the NHL's most effective checkers and was always matched against the top scoring centres on the opposition.

The Montreal native put up significant offensive numbers in junior with the Verdun Epeviers and Sorel Black Hawks of the QMJHL. Kasper topped the 100-point mark twice and scored 57 goals in 1979-80. He was chosen 81st overall by the Boston Bruins in 1980.

After beating out top draft pick Barry Pederson in training camp, the hard working centre played 76 games as a rookie in 1980-81, scoring 56 points and demonstrating unusual poise for a young player. He ended up reaching the 20-goal mark four times in Boston while emerging as one of the best checking centres in the game. He formed an effective defensive troika with Keith Crowder and veteran Wayne Cashman and was often a threat to score while shorthanded. On January 9, 1985 he scored two short-handed goals while killing the same penalty against Toronto during a 5-3 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Kasper's proficient two-way play was rewarded when he won the Frank J. Selke Award in 1982. His excellent work helped the Bruins reach the semi-finals in 1983 and, in 1988, he scored seven goals while helping the reach the final. In 1988-89 the Bruins traded Kasper to the L.A. Kings form homegrown Bobby Carpenter. "The Friendly Ghost" excelled on the West Coast and was a fine third line centre behind Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Nicholls. Kasper later played briefly for the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning before retiring in 1993 after taking part in 821 regular season games and 94 post-season matches.

Kasper returned to hockey in Boston as an assistant coach to Brian Sutter. On July 22, 1994 he was named the head coach of the Providence Bruins of the AHL and led the team to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. On May 25, 1995 he succeeded Sutter as the Bruins' bench boss and led the club to a 91-point season. After a first round playoff ouster at the hands of the Florida Panthers and a disappointing 26 wins in 1996-97, Kasper was replaced by Pat Burns.

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Career Statistics

Forward
Born: Sep 28, 1961 -- Montreal, PQ
5-8, 175 lbs.

Selected by Boston Bruins round 4 #81 overall 1980 NHL Entry Draft

Career Statistics Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977-78 Verdun Black Hawks 63 26 45 71 16 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Verdun Black Hawks 67 37 67 104 53 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Verdun/Sorel Blackhawks 70 57 65 122 117 -- -- -- -- --
1980-81 Sorel Black Hawks 2 5 2 7 0 -- -- -- -- --
1980-81 Boston Bruins 76 21 35 56 94 3 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Boston Bruins 73 20 31 51 72 11 3 6 9 22
1982-83 Boston Bruins 24 2 6 8 24 12 2 1 3 10
1983-84 Boston Bruins 27 3 11 14 19 3 0 0 0 7
1984-85 Boston Bruins 77 16 24 40 33 5 1 0 1 9
1985-86 Boston Bruins 80 17 23 40 73 3 1 0 1 4
1986-87 Boston Bruins 79 20 30 50 51 3 0 2 2 0
1987-88 Boston Bruins 79 26 44 70 35 23 7 6 13 10
1988-89 Boston Bruins 49 10 16 26 49 -- -- -- -- --
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings 29 9 15 24 14 11 1 5 6 10
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings 77 17 28 45 27 10 1 1 2 2
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings 67 9 19 28 33 10 4 6 10 8
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers 16 3 2 5 10 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers 21 1 3 4 2 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning 47 3 4 7 18 -- -- -- -- --
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NHL Totals 821 177 291 468 554 94 20 28 48 82