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He knew his playing days were coming to an end and unlike the superstars of the sport, the NHL did not make him financially secure for life.
"I'd say policing because you don't know what you're coming up against but there's been some days I've been pretty worried about fighting some big guys in the NHL," Stevenson said. "It's a little more difficult on the street because you have to solve a problem and it can't be by violence but by using your brains."
He said the camaraderie among officers on the force is similar to teammate in hockey and he's looking forward to being extremely active in the community.
Instead of policing on the ice, he is now a full time police officer with Sault Ste. Marie Police Services. He is in his second week on the job and is looking forward to serving the community with the same commitment and intensity he served his NHL teams with.
Yes, taking a punch to the head by Laraque or Simon can hurt but it pales in comparison to a speeding bullet or the weapon of choice by a street punk looking to create havoc.
In all, he played in 207 NHL games, scoring 19 goals and 38 assists while accumulating 451 penalty minutes.
"I just think it's similar to hockey,"?Stevenson said. "I get to interact with the community, it's exciting and it gets my heart pumping at times.
For Stevenson, not only does his new profession provide him with excitement but it also gives him a more flexible schedule, thanks to a four days on, four days off work schedule.
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In the minor pros, he had seasons in which he racked up 295, 231 and 262 minutes and, during his final year of junior with the Soo Greyhounds in 1993 94, he scored 18 goals, 37 points and had 183 penalty minutes.
and here he is, hoping to be an asset to not only the Sault force but the community as a whole.
He made some money but as a so called journeyman he played for Anaheim, Nashville, Minnesota and Dallas he found himself struggling to crack one roster after another.
Married with two young children, Stevenson began thinking about a career in law three years ago.
on to step in and do whatever had to be done to lessen the tension, even if that meant taking one on the chin.
After all, when you spend most of your time on this Earth going all out, there really isn't any other way.
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Oops:?In Friday's column on Manny Ramirez, I mistakenly referred to the drug he was caught with as HGH when indeed it was HCG, a woman's fertility drug. The error occurred as the result of a typo as the correct acronym was written down on my notepad but type in incorrectly. I apologize for the error.
always made the league minimum, life after hockey was always in the back of my head,"?Stevenson said. "I took different courses (farming, business, accounting, personal finance) and then I applied at the police station."
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Today, the 34 year old who spent parts of 11 seasons in the NHL, is embarking on a new career, one that he says is more dangerous, more unpredictable and more mentally demanding than his days as a hard nosed winger.
And knowing Jeremy Stevenson, I'd say the Sault force can be pretty sure he'll be there for them.
But ask him which of the two professions is more dangerous and Stevenson doesn't hesitate.
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