|Born:||Oct 6, 1970||Draft:||1989 Maple Leafs, 21st Overall|
|Known For:||AHL Calder Cup Champion (1999)||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Steve Bancroft (born October 6, 1970) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks during the 2001-2002 season. Drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bancroft experienced a fantastic final season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Belleville Bulls, where he recorded 43 points in 53 games, adding 12 points in the playoffs. He joined the the American Hockey League (AHL) the following year, splitting the season with the Newmarket Saints and the Maine Mariners.
During the 1992-93 season, Bancroft made his NHL debut as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. He played in just one game, finishing with a clean sheet, and played out the rest of the year between the AHL and International Hockey League (IHL). For eight seasons, Bancroft travelled through the IHL and AHL, playing for many teams but never sticking around long enough to make it a home. In the 2001-02 season, he finally earned another shot in the NHL, this time with the Sharks. In five games, he recorded two assists, two penalty minutes and finished with a minus-2 rating.
The former Calder Cup Champion returned to the AHL where he’d spend most of the remainder of his career before retirement. Bancroft played one season in Germany for the Augsburger Panther of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), but returned to the AHL in 2005 to play one more season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. Following his retirement, Bancroft left the game of hockey entirely to pursue a career as a real estate agent.
Steve Bancroft Statistics
- AHL Calder Cup Champion (1999)
- AHL First All-Star Team (2001)
- AHL Most Assists by Defenseman (50) (2001)
- AHL Most Goals by Defenseman (23) (2001)
- AHL Most Points by Defenseman (73) (2001)