Born March 3, 1977 (age 34) in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Defenseman and alternate captain for the Dallas Stars
I saw a picture the other day with this guy in it, and my second thought was “Have we profiled him yet?” to which the answer was NO. Well, here we are! After playing with the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes, Stephane was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1995 and began to play with the Habs in 1999. After two seasons, he was snatched up on waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers in October 2002 and then traded to the Dallas Stars. After a year with them he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks and played 45 games with them before the lockout. Where to go? Germany, of course, and the DEL’s Frankfurt Lions! Fun fact: he and Doug Weight were on the same team and were fan darlings in that season.
The Stars came calling again when the lockout was over, and they signed Stephane to a two-year contract (otherwise, Mr. Free Agent would’ve stayed in Germany); he then signed a three-year extension in 2007. Then came three consecutive years of injuries:
- March 2007: Jordin Tootoo punches him in the face (glove was still on), sending Stephane to the ice. He was carted off on a stretcher and diagnosed with a concussion.
- 2008 playoffs: Stephane took a shot to the face from Anaheim’s Todd Marchant, breaking his nose and requiring stitches. But he went back to the game with a cage mask. He’d later help clinch the series against the Ducks.
- 2009: Stephane got to participate in the All-Star Game in Montreal even though he had a broken jaw (from a loose puck during a Phoenix game) and needed a cage mask.
Oh, and it was during that Phoenix game that he proved how tough he was: he only skipped one shift after he was hurt and went on to play more minutes in that game than anyone else. His numbers this season may be low, but he’s trying his best to extend the Stars’ season. We’ll see if he can do that!