Thursday, December 27, 2018
The name Tambellini has some hockey history attached to it.
Steve Tambellini may be the first name that comes to mind. He played in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks. Following his playing career, Steve moved into management, working as director of player personnel and assistant general manager (GM) for the Canucks, and later general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Steve also served as GM for Team Canada on a few different occasions.
Steve Tambellini is not the only Tambellini to be a part of elite hockey, his father Adolph “Addie” Tambellini, played for the Trail Smoke Eaters when the team represented Canada at the World Championship in 1961. Addie won gold with Canada in 1961, and again competed in 1963 when they would finish fourth. Addie played at the World Championship for a third time in 1967, this time as a part of the Canadian National team, winning bronze.
Steve’s two (2) sons, were both drafted into the NHL. Jeff Tambellini the older of the two (2) and played nearly 250 games with the LA Kings, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks before spending time in Europe. The younger brother Adam, is playing with the New York Rangers American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate team andis still awaiting his first NHL game.
Steve Tambellini was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.