NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed unrestricted free agent Jeremy Stevenson, who began his professional career in the ECHL.
In his first professional season in 1994-95, the 6-1 and 215-pound Stevenson scored 27 points (14g-13a) and had 231 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games with the Greensboro Monarchs. Stevenson helped Greensboro advance to the ECHL Finals scoring 17 points (6g-11a)
The 29-year-old Stevenson was claimed by Nashville on waivers from Minnesota on October 22, 2003. He ranked second on the Predators with a career best 103 penalty minutes while appearing in a career high 56 games. In eight seasons with Anaheim, Minnesota and Nashville, Stevenson has 30 points (14g-16a) and 356 penalty minutes in 156 regular season NHL games. A member of the inaugural playoff team in both Minnesota (2003) and Nashville (2004), Stevenson has five points (0g-5a) in 20 NHL playoff games.
He was selected in the third round (60th overall) by Winnipeg in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and after re-entering the NHL Entry Draft was selected in the 11th round (262nd overall) by Anaheim in 1994.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze. On his day with the Stanley Cup, Heinze took hockey’s most treasured trophy to visit his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home of the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.