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Steve Konowalchuk
Steve Konowalchuk
Left Wing
Number: 22
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 11, 1972
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Drafted: WSH / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (58th overall)
Since joining the NHL in the early 1990s, centre Steve Konowalchuk has been a solid two-way centre, a good skater with a tenacious work ethic.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Konowalchuk played two years of junior hockey with the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks. He scored a combined 94 goals and was Washington's 5th choice, 58th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Konowalchuk was voted on to the WHL's First All-Star Team after scoring 51 goals and 104 points in 1991-92. That year he also suited up for the United States when they won the bronze medal at the 1992 World Junior Championships.

In 1992-93, the young pivot split his first full pro season between the Caps and AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks. He joined Washington on a full-time basis in 1993-94 and became a solid checker and reliable 40-point producer as the fourth centre behind Dale Hunter, Michael Pivonka, Joe Juneau, and Dave Poulin. He gradually worked his way up the ladder and was a crucial part of the team when veterans Hunter and Poulin retired.

Konowalchuk's solid all around game was recognized when he played a game for the U.S. when they won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996. As the Caps began the 2001-02 season with the addition of superstar Jaromir Jagr, Konowalchuk's role as a solid two-way forward remained vital to the success of the team.

A two-time member of the US World Championship team in 2000 and 2002, Konowalchuk was appointed team captain in 2002-03 and remained as the team's leader in the early stages of the 2003-04 season, until being dealt to the Colorado Avalanche.

*Bio courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame