Every team has one. That pest who has the ability to get under everyone's skin, draw penalties, and stand up for his teammates. For the Dallas Stars, that person for 10 years was Steve Ott. Otter served a dime with the club from 2002-2012 and was voted on to be part of the 20th anniversary team. Otter has the ability to get the collective groan and griping from amongst rival fans whenever the Stars were up against his team. Love or hate him, you have to admit that he served his time with Dallas well.
Before his departure from Dallas, Stars Insider interviewed Mark Fistric, who stated that the player he was going to miss most from the 2012-2013 season was Ott. Fistric said, "I've played every game as a Dallas Star with him and it was fun to watch him play and always made coming to the rink 'interesting'." This force of nature even exchanged heated words with Flyers coach Peter Laviolette when he opted to cut in front of Stars players making their way down the tunnel. While Laviolette acted like the whole situation didn't happen, Ott bluntly said, "I mean, have a little respect. They're supposed to go the other way……But there should be a mutual respect there."
The man who calls Ontario home contributed 88 goals and 137 assists in 600 games with Dallas. He also racked up 1,202 penalty minutes. Otter also participated in the 2010 IIHF World Championships for Team Canada. There he played in 7 games and contributed 1 assist and 20 PIM's. Otter was even deemed alternate captain on and off throughout his Dallas stint.
Off the ice, Ott is a devoted father to his five year old daughter and enjoys his spare time on the lake. During the lockout Ott did not opt to go overseas like many of his teammates did but was not idle either. He organized a charity hockey game in Windsor, calling up guys from the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets. And it was all to benefit a cause called Sparkles From Above, which is a foundation that assists children with cancer through the purchase of equipment and supplies.
Otter is a character that a lot of fans will miss seeing regularly around the AAC and a player who was an essential piece of the Stars 20th anniversary team.