Derek Stepan (born June 18, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He was drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and enrolled in August 2008 as a freshman for the Wisconsin Badgers of the WCHA. On July 1, 2010, he signed his first professional contract with the Rangers, forgoing his junior and senior years at Wisconsin. On October 9, 2010, he became the first player in Rangers history and the fourth in NHL history to score a hat trick in his NHL debut.
Derek was born into a hockey family, as his father Brad was also a draft pick of the Rangers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Showing an excellence for hockey at a young age, he was fortunate enough to land a spot on the roster of the prestigious Shattuck-Saint Mary's (SSM) hockey team. SSM had rostered future NHL All-Stars such as Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, and Jonathan Toews. At the powerhouse hockey team, he scored 81 points in his junior season. He followed that up with 111 points (44 goals and 67 assists) in his senior season, leading the team and closing out a very successful prep career....
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