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|1978 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
15 overall by New York Islanders
Born May 14, 1958
Center / Left Wing|
Height: 6-0 Weight:
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Trail, British Columbia (Canada)
Trail, British Columbia
||Trail||B.C. Jr. B
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1978 (bronze medal)
WCHL Rookie of Year: 1975-76 (Lethbridge)
WCHL Most Sportsmanlike
Player: 1976-77, 1977-78 (Lethbridge)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
the No. 12 overall prospect for the 1978 NHL draft. ... Set Lethbridge/Swift Current (WHL) single-season records
(since broken) for points (155) and goals (75) in 1977-78.
| Debut: March 7, 1979 (N.Y. Islanders at St.
Numbers: 16 (NYI); 14 (Colo./N.J.); 15 (Calgary);
Stanley Cup: 1980.
Playing Status: Retired 1990
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
NYI, COL/NJ, CGY, VAN||553||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Colorado/New Jersey Goals Leader: 1981-82
(29), 1982-83 (25)
1980-81: Played 61 regular-season games for N.Y. Islanders team that
went on to win Stanley Cup, but was not with team during postseason.
1982-83: Played on first New Jersey Devils team.
Management Career: Named Vancouver Director of Media and Public Relations
on Oct. 9, 1990, and remained in that position until July 1, 1995. ... Named
Vancouver Vice President, Business Operations on July 1, 1995, and remained
in that position until Sept. 2, 1997. ... Named Vancouver Senior Vice
President, Hockey Operations on Sept. 2, 1997, and remained in that position
until Aug. 18, 1998. ... Named Vancouver Vice President, Player Personnel on
Aug. 18, 1998, and remained in that position until May 6, 2004. ... Named
Vancouver assistant general manager on May 6, 2004.
Miscellaneous: Won Stanley Cup with N.Y. Islanders in 1980, although he
did not dress for any playoff games. ... Scored winning goal in his first game
with Colorado on March 11, 1981, at N.Y. Rangers. ... Played on line with
Lanny McDonald and Paul Gagne for Colorado at end of 1980-81 season. The line
combined for four goals and six assists in a win over Detroit on March 24,
1981. ... Was on Colorado team that relocated to New Jersey on June
30, 1982. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with separated shoulder, an injury
suffered in December 1982. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with bruised
elbow, an injury suffered in December 1984. ... Missed parts of 1985-86 season
with knee injury, suffered during Vancouver's Jan. 21, 1986, game vs. New
Jersey, and with broken thumb, an injury suffered during Vancouver's March 15,
1986, game at Boston.
|Post-Draft Teams: Fort Worth (CHL); Moncton (AHL);
Zurich (Switzerland); Villach (Austria)|
Olympics: 1988 (fourth),
2002 (gold) (as director of player personnel)
World Cup of Hockey: 2004
(as director of player personnel)
World Championships: 1981 (fourth),
2001 (fifth) (general manager), 2003 (gold medal) (general manager), 2005
AWARDS AND HONORS
Management Career: Named director of player
personnel for 2002 Canadian Olympic men's hockey team on Feb. 8, 2001. ...
Named general manager of Team Canada for five international tournaments in
2002-03 season, including 2003 World Championships in Finland. ... Named
Canadian 2004 World Cup of Hockey team's director of player personnel on
Nov. 4, 2003.
Played on team of NHL players that competed at 1979 Izvestia Tournament in
Moscow. ... Wore No. 11 for Team Canada at 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
... Coached minor hockey in Port Moody, British Columbia, after his
retirement. ... An outstanding golfer, he helped organize the annual "Steve
Tambellini Charity Classic golf tournament in Trail, British Columbia. ...
Served as president of Canucks for Kids Fund during his years in management.
Personal: Full name is Steven
Anthony Tambellini. ... Son of former minor-leaguer Adolph "Addie" Tambellini,
a World Championships gold medalist in 1961. ... Older brother of former
major-junior player Dean Tambellini. ... Father of college hockey player Jeff
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: N.Y. Islanders traded Tambellini and
Glenn Resch to Colorado for Mike McEwen and Jari Kaarela on March 10, 1981.||
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