Steven Rice was a very highly rated junior prospect with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. In 1988, the Montreal Canadiens traded their first round pick along with tough guy Chris Nilan to the New York Rangers for their first round pick in the 1989 draft. The Rangers ended up selecting Rice with that pick, 20th overall. In the 1990-91 season he got his first shot in the NHL with the Rangers, and a team that included two other highly rated prospects - Tony Amonte and Doug Weight. Rice's tenure in New York city was short as he was traded in 1991 from New York Rangers along with Louie DeBrusk and Bernie Nicholls to Edmonton Oilers for Mark Messier and future considerations. He spent a couple of years with the Oilers in Edmonton and Cape Breton, before moving on the the Hartford Whalers in 1993-94. His last NHL stint was in 1997-98 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Years later in 2002-03 he made a comeback into pro-hockey, playing a couple of seasons with the Cambridge Hornets of the OHASr. For his NHL career, Steven Rice played in 329 games with 64 goals, 61 assists for 125 points and 275 penalty minutes.