Obscure Spotlight: Steve Heinze

steveheinzeBruins fans fondly remember Steve Heinze, a great BC Eagle and former Olympian. A Lawrence, MA native, Heinze was drafted by his hometown Boston Bruins in 1988. Following his time as a member of the 1992 US Olympic team, he signed as a Bruin in March of that year. He played with the NHL team right off the bat, appearing in 14 games for Boston that season. He turned in a solid, if seriously truncated rookie year, posting seven points.

Heinze enjoyed nine seasons in a Bruins’ uniform, scoring a high of 46 points in 61 games in 1997-1998. As a Bruin, Heinze pleaded with owner Jeremy Jacobs to allow Heinze to wear number 57, to no avail. Humorless Jacobs failed to see how awesome that was, however, and denied the request.

Ultimately, Heinze’s tenure came to an end in 2000, when was selected by Columbus in the Expansion Draft.  As such, Heinze was one of the first players in the history of the franchise. His best NHL year came during that 2000-01 season, but the Blue Jackets dealt Heinze at the trade deadline. He played in 65 games for Columbus before the trade, but finished out the season for the Sabres. Between Columbus and Buffalo, he appeared in 79 games, scoring 27 goals and tallying 27 assists.

Heinze retired in 2003 at age 33, after two seasons with the Kings. All the other teams that Heinze played for, gave him the number 57. Screw Jeremy Jacobs.

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