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A tough defensive defenseman, John Stevens was regarded as one of the top blueliners in the AHL during his playing days, and when injury forced him off the ice he found success as a coach as well.

A native of Campbellton, N.B., Stevens was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984 and made his professional debut with the Hershey Bears at the age of 18. His first four pro seasons were split between Hershey and Philadelphia, and he was a member of the Bears’ 1988 Calder Cup championship team.

After signing with the Hartford Whalers in 1990, Stevens spent most of the next six seasons in Springfield, where he captained the Indians to a Calder Cup title in 1991. Three years later, Stevens was named the first captain of the Springfield Falcons and scored the first goal in Falcons history – one of just 21 goals he would score in his entire AHL career. He was also selected to be one of the playing captains for the 1996 AHL All-Star Classic, held at his first professional home: Hersheypark Arena.

Stevens returned to the Flyers organization in 1996 and was again turned to for leadership on a new club as he was given the captain’s “C” for the first-year Philadelphia Phantoms. The Phantoms finished with the best record in the AHL in their inaugural season, and a year later won the 1998 Calder Cup title.

An eye injury ended Stevens’ playing career in December 1998, but he remained with the club as an assistant coach under Bill Barber. Stevens was promoted to the head coaching position in 2000 and spent six seasons at the helm, winning another Calder Cup in 2005. He was promoted to the Flyers in 2006, first as an assistant coach and then as head coach, and is now in his second season as an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings.

Stevens has participated in more than 1,400 regular-season AHL games as a player, assistant coach and head coach. His 834 games played are currently ninth-most by a defenseman in league history, and he also ranks 15th all-time with 102 Calder Cup Playoff games played.

Stevens is one of 16 men in AHL history to win Calder Cups as both a player and a head coach, a group that includes AHL Hall of Famers Bun Cook, Frank Mathers, Fred Glover, John Paddock, Bruce Boudreau and fellow 2012 inductee Jack Gordon.

Career AHL Statistics – John Stevens
  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984-85 Hershey Bears 3 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
1986-87 Hershey Bears 63 1 15 16 131 3 0 0 0 7
1987-88 Hershey Bears 59 1 15 16 108 -- -- -- -- --
1988-89 Hershey Bears 78 3 13 16 129 12 1 1 2 29
1989-90 Hershey Bears 79 3 10 13 193 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 Springfield Indians 65 0 12 12 139 18 0 6 6 35
1991-92 Springfield Indians 45 1 12 13 73 11 1 3 4 27
1992-93 Springfield Indians 74 1 19 20 111 15 0 1 1 18
1993-94 Springfield Indians 71 3 9 12 85 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Springfield Falcons 79 5 15 20 122 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Springfield Falcons 69 0 19 19 95 10 0 1 1 31
1996-97 Philadelphia Phantoms 74 2 18 20 116 10 0 2 2 8
1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms 50 1 9 10 76 20 0 6 6 44
1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms 25 0 1 1 19 -- -- -- -- --
  Playing Totals 834 21 167 188 1399 102 2 20 22 199

 

   
Regular Season
Playoffs
Season Team GP W L/OL T/SL Pts Pct Finish GP W L Pct Finish
2000-01 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 36 39 5 82 .481 4th, Mid-Atlantic 10 5 5 .500 Lost conf. semifinal
2001-02 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 33 32 15 86 .506 3rd, South 5 2 3 .400 Lost conf. quarterfinal
2002-03 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 33 41 6 80 .450 4th, South -- -- -- -- DNQ
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 46 27 7 101 .619 1st, East 12 6 6 .500 Lost div. final
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 48 28 4 103 .625 2nd, East 21 16 5 .762 Won Calder Cup
2005-06 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 34 39 7 77 .469 6th, East -- -- -- -- DNQ

Head Coaching Totals 480 230
206 44 529 .525   48 29 19 .604