Role Ice hockey player
Career end 1981
Name Steve Alley
Career start 1977
|Playing career |
Weight 84 kg
National team United States
Height 1.83 m
|Born December 29, 1953 (age 69) Anoka, MN, USA (1953-12-29) |
Played for Birmingham Bulls (WHA)Hartford Whalers (NHL)
NHL Draft 141st overall, 1973Chicago Blackhawks
WHA Draft 90th overall, 1973New England Whalers
Education University of Wisconsin-Madison
Steven James "The Cat" Alley (born December 29, 1953) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 105 games in the World Hockey Association for the Birmingham Bulls between 1977 and 1979. He was a member of the famed "Gasline" who led Birmingham into the playoffs in 1978. He became the property of the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League after the WHA merged with the NHL in 1979, and made a further 18 NHL appearances in 1979–1981 before retiring from pro hockey.
Before turning professional, Alley was a member of the US National team at the 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1974, 1975 and 1978 Ice Hockey World Championship teams. He played for the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1973–75, and 1976–77. Alley completed his college career by scoring the game-winning goal (23 seconds into overtime) in Wisconsin's 6-5 win over Michigan in the 1977 NCAA Division I Championship game.
Alley was a three-year letter winner in hockey at Anoka High School. As a senior, he was the leading scorer in the State of Minnesota and was selected to both the All-Conference and All-State teams. Alley was also the captain and quarterback of the football team and a three-year letter winner in baseball. The 1972 baseball team finished runner-up in the state, the best finish in Anoka High School history.
Alley and his wife Joanie live in Lake Forest, Illinois and have three daughters, Abby, Hilary, and Hannah all of whom played Division I college lacrosse. In 2001, Alley was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. In September, 2011, Alley was named to the inaugural class of the Anoka High School Hall of Fame. Alley is currently president of Alley Company LLC, an investment management firm based in Lake Forest, IL.