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05-06 The first Traverse City North Star (NAHL) player to earn college scholarship
05-06 Led North Stars defensemen in scoring in with 11 goals, 19 assists, 30 points in 57 games..Was 10th in the NAHL in scoring among defensemen...Also served as team captain
06-09 Lake Superior State University (CCHA) scored 3 goals and 18 assist for 21 points
08-09 Led LSSU with a plus 11 rating and led the team in blocked shots his junior and senior year
08-09 Recipient of the Jim Howie Unsung Hero award at LSSU
09-10 Signed a contract with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) before joining the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
10-11 Set career a high in goals and points with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) before receiving a call up to the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). He collected 5 assist in 20 games, including three playoff contest.
Height: 6' 0"
Hometown: Chesterfield, MI
School: Lake Superior State University NCAA. Division 1 (CCHA)
Year: Graduated 2009
Major: Management/Minor: Marketing
Current Team: Lake Erie Monsters, AHL 2010-2011
Favorite NHL teams: Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche
Favorite Sports Movie: Resurrecting the Champ and The Sandlot
Favorite Quote: “Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.”-
Question & Answer
At what age did you start playing hockey?
I started skating at the age of two and playing hockey at the age of three
Why did you choose hockey?
Well I played a variety of sports but nothing compares to the thrill and excitement of hockey. I look at every shift individually as a new challenge.
Who has had the biggest impact on your hockey career?
Well everyone has impacted my hockey career greatly but with out question it has been my family. My mother and father have supported my every step and have made great sacrifices to give me an opportunity to succeed. I would also owe a lot to my brother, who was always the one driving me to get better and help me develop as a player.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport of hockey?
Achieving a college scholarship for hockey and winning the national title with the great lakes panthers have been the two biggest achievements thus far.
What is your biggest struggle as a player?
Self -confidence is the area I feel must improve for me to continue to move forward in my career.
What is your biggest strength as a player?
My level of intensity and the way I compete. I pride my self on hard work and physical play.
What is the best advice you have for young players?
The only things you can control are your attitude and work ethic.
Steven Oleksy is the proud Founder of Eastside Elite Hockey which was established in 2008. Eastside Elite Hockey was first developed to provide a premier summer hockey league for high caliber hockey players within the Metro Detroit area. Since its establishment in 2008 Eastside Elite Hockey has expanded from a summer league to offering one of the most prestigious hockey clinics in the state Michigan.
Steven was a member of the peewee AA Michigan Jaguars where they finished 3rd in the nation. Then played for the Great Lakes Panthers which quickly captured an international silver stick championship in '99 and the very next year a National Title in 2000. He joined forces with the Metro Jets of the CSHL where he spent three season before jumping into the Junior A level with the Belle Tire Lightning of the CEHL. After a one year stint playing college baseball, he went back to play hockey. He captained the first year Traverse City North Stars team of the NAHL to the playoffs. He was the leading defenseman scorer on the team and finished tenth in the league. He then landed a scholarship to Lake Superior State. After a three year career there he moved on to play at the professional level and is enjoying the success that his hard work and dedication to hockey has provided him