“Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! Stéphane Matteau”… What Rangers fan will ever forget that call by Howie Rose in Game #7 of the Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils, when Matteau scored the winning goal in double-overtime to send the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1979. While not with the team for very long, Stéphane Matteau made a name for himself in New York that will last a lifetime. Matteau was in New York to play in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium when I had the opportunity to speak with him.
Matteau spoke about his famous overtime goal against the Devils in Game #7 of the Eastern Conference Finals back in 1994 as the Rangers made their way towards winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years. Stéphane also talked about the upcoming Winter Classic and the Alumni Game played the previous day, his current assistant coaching position in the QMJHL, and recalls the time he played in the Little League World Series as a 12-year old back in 1982 with former Islanders forward Pierre Turgeon. Finally, Stéphane proudly speaks about his son Stefan- who is among McKeen’s Scouting top 30 mid-season 2012 NHL draft eligibles.