Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stevens Earns Trust, Then Joins Scouting Staff

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stevens Earns Trust, Then Joins Scouting Staff

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Kevin Stevens took a break from studying Penguins prospect bios, folded his glasses and sat back in his chair at HarborCenter, about an hour before the Prospects Challenge here.

Earlier Friday, the Penguins announced Stevens would join the organization as a special assignment scout. The role, which might seem relatively minor, is anything but for Stevens.

Drug and legal troubles have plagued Stevens, 52, for a number of years. In May, he was sentenced to three years of probation after a conviction on federal drug charges of conspiring to sell the painkiller oxycodone between April 2015 and March 2016.

More recently, though, Stevens has talked about getting - and staying - sober while noting he's seemingly straightened out his life.

"It was a long road to get to where I got, a lot of pain and suffering," Stevens said. "It all catches up to you. Addiction's addiction. We don't have enough time to sit here and talk about addiction.

"I'm very happy where I am in my life. It took a lot of pain to get here. But, you know? All I can do is move forward a day at a time. Hopefull,y it's an opportunity that I can take advantage of."

Stevens, who was a surprise guest instructor for July's development camp at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, will be based out of Boston, near his hometown.

His role will include amateur scouting and the scouting of college free agents. He returns to the franchise where he won two Stanley Cup titles as a player in the 1990s.

"Any time you can get back with the Penguins, that's great for me," Stevens said. "It's a great organization. ... If I'm going to get back into hockey, this is the place to do it."

He said he met with Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux at the tail end of development camp, where he assured his former Penguins linemate that he was clean and heading in the right direction with his life. …

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