Troy Stecher

Hometown:

Richmond British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-04-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Troy Stecher skated for the Richmond Blues bantam A team in British Columbia and was selected by the Portland Winterhawks in the seventh round (149th overall) in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. 

2009-10: Stecher played midget hockey for the Greater Vancouver Canadians. He scored 4 goals with 27 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 38 games. The Canadians swept North Island in the BCMML quarterfinals before falling to Vancouver North West in the semifinals. Stecher scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. 

2010-11: Stecher skated for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL. In 54 regular season games he scored 5 goals with 15 assists and 47 penalty minutes. The Vees finished second in the Interior Division, sweeping Quesnel before falling to Salmon Arm in the BCHL quarterfinals. Stecher scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

2011-12: Stecher was an assistant captain for RBC Cup champion Penticton in his second season with the Vees and played for Canada West in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 5 goals with 37 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games and scored 2 goals with 8 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 15 BCHL playoff games. The Vees finished first in the Interior Division — capturing their second BCHL title by sweeping Powell River in the finals — and advanced to the RBC Cup by defeating the Brooks Bandits in the Doyle Cup. Stecher had 1 goal with 2 assists and 12 penalty minutes in the Doyle Cup and added 2 assists with 6 penalty minutes in six games at the RBC Cup. Penticton defeated the Woodstock Slammers, 4-3, in the championship game and Stecher was named the top defenseman at the tournament. In four games at the WJAC for Canada West he had no points with 4 penalty minutes.  

2012-13: Stecher returned to Penticton for a third season, serving as a team captain for the defending RBC Cup champions. He scored 8 goals with 39 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games. The Vees finished first in the Interior Division, falling to Mainland Division champion Surrey in the BCHL finals. Stecher had 6 assists with 10 penalty minutes in 15 BCHL playoff games. He played in his second WJAC tournament for Canada West, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in four games. Stecher committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota in March 2013. 

2013-14: Stecher was one of two defensemen to play in all 42 games for the University of North Dakota in his freshman season along with senior Dillon Simpson (EDM). He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was +9 with 14 penalty minutes.  North Dakota finished second to St. Cloud State in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference; losing to Miami, 3-0, in the NCHC semifinals. The Fighting Sioux received an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional with a win in the third-place game. North Dakota defeated  Wisconsin and Ferris State to win the regional; falling to Minnesota 2-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals on a goal in the game’s final second.

2014-15: Stecher skated in 34 games for North Dakota in his sophomore season — missing eight games after suffering a lower-body injury in December. He scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +11 with 22 penalty minutes. North Dakota finished first in the NCHC regular season, falling 3-1 to St. Cloud State in the conference semifinals and 5-1 to Denver in the third-place game. The Fighting Sioux received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, defeating Quinnipiac and St. Cloud State by identical 4-1 scores to capture the NCAA West Regional before falling 5-3 to Boston University in the Frozen Four semifinals.

2015-16: Stecher was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for national champion North Dakota in his junior season; signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in April 2016. He scored 8 goals with 21 assists in 43 games and was +26 with 37 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux finished first in the NCHC, falling to Minnesota-Duluth in the conference semifinals and tying Denver, 1-1, in the third-place game. North Dakota topped Northeastern and Michigan to win the NCAA Midwest Regional and defeated Denver, 4-2, in the Frozen Four semifinals before winning 5-1 over Quinnipiac in the national championship game.

Talent Analysis

Stecher is a fast skating defenseman who is excellent with the puck. He is undersized but makes up for his small stature with superb skating and puck-moving ability. His skating agility, great speed and acceleration compare favorably with other young defensemen. He is particularly effect transitioning from defense to offense and can escape difficult situations, especially in the defensive zone. Stecher has strong stick handling and passing skills that allow him to move the puck quickly, with great vision to find open seams.

Future

Stecher skated for North Dakota as a junior in 2015-16, winning a national title with the Fighting Sioux before signing an entry-level contract with Vancouver in April 2016. He will attend his first training camp with the Canucks before beginning his pro career in 2016-17, likely in the AHL. Stecher projects as a puck moving, skating defenseman who will complement some of the bigger, stay-at-home types in the Canucks' system.

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