NATION PROFILE: STEVE STAIOS

Lowetide
June 07 2013 06:39AM

There are things about Edmonton you can only tell by living here. There's old money here you'll never find by looking for signs of extravagance, there's a tremendous sense of charity that can be overwhelming if you're in need of it, and there's a pride and entrepreneurial spirit that likely comes from isolation and independence. And hockey fans like their defensemen tough, edgy and with a max effort. Little wonder Steve Staios flourished in the Capital. 

IN THE BEGINNING

Staios was a high pick (2nd round, 1991) by St. Louis but never played for the Blues. He was 6.0, 183 and ranked 17th in that year's draft but fell to 27th overall on draft day. One of the reasons for his fall had a major impact on his early career:

  • "The Bruins believe he might be better suited to play a forward position."

Staios finished his OHL career in 1993 and played most of three years in the minors before St. Louis traded him to Boston (who were interested in him on his draft day) in March 1996. At that point the Bruins tried him out but still couldn't make up their minds on him and a year later he was lost to Vancouver on waivers. He played fairly regularly (mostly on defense) in Vancouver and then moved on to Atlanta at the expansion draft. 

SUITCASE STAIOS

In Atlanta, he began to settle in to his NHL career. He emerged as a captain and enjoyed a career season in 2000-01. Playing for an expansion team often means unusual decisions and the Thrashers let Staios go to free agency in the summer of 2001. Edmonton came calling and solved a defensive problem for most of a decade. 

A LONG RUN IN EDMONTON

From the fall of 2001 through the trade deadline of 2010, Staios provided the Oilers with steady defense, rugged play and full effort. He became a team leader, a respected member of the community and one of the team's high profile players. Steve Staios was part of the Oiler establishment, and was part of the high times that included a tremendous run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.  

After that, he pitched in on the rebuild, mentoring the incoming youth while also trying to help the young Oilers win as many games as possible. It is a tribute to his competitiveness that the Oilers sent him away shortly after deciding to go 'full on rebuild' and allowing him to contribute to a playoff run on a better team. 

In what was very likely a one time event, Steve Staios became the first player to be traded from Edmonton to Calgary at the deadline in 2006. Coming the other way were Aaron Johnson and the draft pick that turned into Travis Ewanyk, and Oilers fans and Flames fans were both bewildered by the deal. 

LEGACY 

Steve Staios was cut from the same cloth as former Oilers Allan Hamilton, Lee Fogolin and cohort Jason Smith, and had a keen sense of community and (along with his wife) a sense of flair that drew positive attention and helped out local charities. 

Steve Staios was born in Hamilton, a working class kid who never forgot his roots. He was born to be an Oiler.

C2a6955161684b5e3189319acfa5ebe4
Lowetide has been one of the Oilogosphere's shining lights for over a century. You can check him out here at OilersNation and at lowetide.ca. He is also the host of Lowdown with Lowetide weekday mornings 10-noon on Team 1260.
Avatar
#1 Spydyr
June 07 2013, 07:29AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

Steady Steve says it all.

Avatar
#2 playoffbound2013
June 07 2013, 07:29AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Steady Steve, You cant say anything about his game was awesome, but he was a true professional and a well liked player.

Avatar
#3 HugThePost
June 07 2013, 07:30AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
1
props

He blocked slap shots with his face and never backed down when he was here.

We need about 10 more guys with his balls on the current team.

Avatar
#4 Jamie B.
June 07 2013, 10:01AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

I have a Staios jersey hanging in my closet. I always laugh a little when I see someone else wearing one at a game.

Good times.

Avatar
#5 vetinari
June 07 2013, 10:23AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Not much flash, not much dash-- just a blue collar guy who did all the dirty jobs and led by example-- miss his skill set on the team.

Avatar
#6 watkinator
June 07 2013, 11:10AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

That fourth video gives me goosebumps. When will we see it's like again?

Avatar
#7 J.R.
June 07 2013, 04:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Steve Staios was awesome. I mean that in a tough, steady and fearless kind of Oilers awesome way.

Guys like Kevin Lowe,Lee Fogolin,Jason Smith, Kelly Buchberger....who else fits here? Jason Strudwick...

Avatar
#8 Rocket
June 07 2013, 06:00PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

How much could The Oilers D use a guy like Staios right now? A lot.

He always seemed like a class act too.

Avatar
#9 Wäx Män Riley
June 08 2013, 10:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Hey LT,

Do you think there is any chance of getting a link to all of your Nation Profile pieces? They're great!*

I'd like to read them again.

*said Tony the Tiger

Comments are closed for this article.