January 7, 1957|
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars
|National team||United States|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing the United States|
|1980 Lake Placid||Team|
Steven James Janaszak (born January 7, 1957 in Saint Paul, Minnesota and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota) is an American former ice hockey goaltender who played three games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota North Stars and Colorado Rockies between 1980 and 1982.
Janaszak first became known in the hockey world as the star goaltender for Hill-Murray School on the East Side of Saint Paul. Janaszak attended the University of Minnesota where he was a goaltender for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He was voted most valuable player in the 1979 national championship tournament as the Gophers won the NCAA title. Janaszak is best known for being the back-up goalie to Jim Craig on the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal. Janaszak was the only member of the team to not appear in any of the games at the Olympics.
Janaszak signed a free agent contract with the North Stars after the Olympics and appeared in one regular season game that season, a solid 2–2 draw against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately for Janaszak, the North Stars already had two quality goaltenders in Gilles Meloche and Don Beaupre and there was no room for him. After spending the next season in the minor leagues, Janaszak returned to the NHL with the Colorado Rockies, who signed him as a free agent in 1982. He also played three games for Team USA as Glenn Resch's backup at the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Helsinki, before retiring from the game after the 1982–83 season.
In popular culture
Awards and achievements
|NCAA All-Tournament Team||1979|| Member of 1980 U.S. Men's hockey team-Gold Medal|
|Ken McKenzie Trophy (U.S.- Born Rookie of the Year - IHL; shared with Mike Labianca)||1981|
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player