“It’s pretty surreal to be up there with Crosby and Ovechkin.” 

“Knowing your coach has confidence in you is big for a young player.” 

“I've surprised myself a little bit, for sure.” 

"I didn't start my career off as fast as I'd like. But all you can ask for at that age is a chance to prove what you can do.” 

“My goal was to get as drafted as high as possible. I accomplished my goal.” 

“My parents, especially my dad, had a big influence on my hockey career. He introduced me to the game when I was younger, and I stuck with it.” 

“I'm a guy who works very hard and if I want something bad enough, I'm going to do anything possible to get it.” 

“One of the things my parents really instilled in me was to have a backup plan in case hockey doesn't work out.” 

“Staying away from junk food and the pops—it's something that, for me, is harder than doing the actual workouts. It's so easy to get off-track. Like when you're out with your buddies and they're stopping at McDonald's. You can't have a Big Mac with them.”

“You don't want to compare yourself to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They've got some world-class players. But when you're struggling, the advantage is you get some early picks in the first round, and you can build off that.” 

“I came into the League at 18-years-old. I didn't have a lot of experience in training the right way. I probably came into the league at 175 pounds; now I'm 190 ... It's all about training the right way and training for my needs.”

“It was a tough. Sixteen games into my career, we had a coaching change. It was something I never experienced before, and something I had to go through a lot earlier in my career than I expected.” 

“Before and after practices to this day I'm still practicing my one-timer. I think it's such a good shot in today's game with how good the goalies are. If you give them that extra split second by stopping the puck on your stick they're going to be there.”

 

 



Steven Stamkos,
2009 Upper Deck MVP

 

 


Steven Stamkos,
2009 Artifacts


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