(Volume 1, Number 2—May 1974)
by Annette E. Cuomo
Steve Shipley, the 6 ft. 2 in. defenseman from Burnaby, B.C., weighs in at 210 lbs. of horsepower. Steve was born September 13, 1953 in Kitimat, B.C., but moved to Burnaby at the age of 3. He is currently a student at Simon Frazier [sic] University where his
is majoring in Kinesiology. Briefly Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The course includes two weeks of Medical School. Steve worked very hard at completing the course three weeks earlier than the allotted time in order to come to the Wings. With all the extra cramming, he still rated a 3.5 average which is equal to a B+. He also studies Kinanthropometry, which measures the growth of individuals, charting for different growth patterns in athletes who all have different body types. His studies also include Physiology, and an indepth [sic] look at Vitamin C. If you ever have the opportunity to speak with Steve, be prepared to have a lot of big words thrown in your direction. If ever in need of a job, Steve can do most anything. He even completed a course in Mechanics.
A late start in lacrosse gave Steve a short career in junior league when he played one year, at age 15, with Burnaby Cable Vision.
In other sports, soccer is his “first love.” He played for the university on a scholarship program. He plays a high level of soccer, partly due to the fact that seven members of his university team are now in the National Soccer League. Being a good swimmer also kept him busy as a life guard. He won in a swimming competition at age ten.
In his leisure time, if he can find any, Steve would like to play soccer, to get more involved in the arts and to see more of Philadelphia. When he can find the time to read, he would like to get into literature.
In the NLL, he admires players such as Paul Suggate, Billy Coghill and the Davises. He speaks highly of Long Island’s Chuch Medhurst, who shares some classes with Steve. He considers the Lloyds and John Grant to be among the best in the league. He never puts anyone down, but he wasn’t to [sic] impressed by Boston during the first confrontation.
In reference to his two goals against the Maryland Arrows, he attributed being one of the stars to the extra floor time he was given. It would be ideal for him to score one goal per game, though he’s more concerned with playing well on defense.
It may not be long before we see our red-headed defenseman beardless. If the humidity gets too much for him, the beard goes. The beard can go if you wish Steve, but make sure the rest of you stays here.