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The Early Years

Steve grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he split his time between American Football and Hockey, before deciding to focus on a hockey career than began with Tier 2 junior side Richmond Sockeyes.

The trouble was, Steve hadn’t attracted any offers to play college hockey – instead having to take the initiative of sending copies of his statistics to various universities.

One guy would take the plunge and offer Steve a scholarship, that man was Ric Schafer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks – a division one side who were looking to establish a successful programme.

So Steve became a Nanook and proceeded to rip up the scoring charts. During a three year career, he scored 108 goals and had 163 assists for a total of 271 points. In his final game for the Nanooks, Steve set a new single season scoring record of 109 points – at the time an NCAA record.

That final season also bought a host of awards including UAF Scholar athlete of the year, being named in the NCAA All American Academic Team and NCAA 2nd Team All American as well as being nomination for the prestigious Hobey Baker award.

It wasn’t just individually that Steve had success on the ice, he helped improved the Nanooks record from 3 wins and 43 losses in the two years prior to his arrival, to a record of 62 wins, 27 losses and 1 tie duriing his time with the programme.

As if being a hockey star at the University wasn’t enough, Steve was also a success in the classrom, compiling a 3.2 grade point average.

This was enough to attract the attention of NHL side New York Rangers, who offered a contract at the end of his university career.

Straight away, Steve was assigned to the New Haven Nighthawks in the American Hockey League, where he continued to put the points on the board and looked destine for a move up to the parent club.

However, a personnel change in the head office scuttled Moria’s chances. A new General Manager wanted a different style of player, leaving Steve in the lurch.

Little did he know when the Fife Flyers came calling soon after, it would be the start of a legendary British career.

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