Derek Kenneth Stepan (born June 18, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey center and an alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stepan was drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and afterwards attended the University of Wisconsin, where he played for the Badgers hockey team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA. On July 1, 2010, he signed his first professional contract with the Rangers, forgoing his junior and senior years at Wisconsin. On October 9, 2010, he became the first player in Rangers history, and the fourth in NHL history, to score a hat-trick in his NHL debut. On May 13, 2015, Stepan scored the overtime goal vs the Capitals at 11:24 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to send them to play Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals. Stepan was born into a hockey family, as his father Brad was also a draft pick of the Rangers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Stepan’s younger cousin, Zachary, was selected 112th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. On August 9, 2014, Stepan married his longtime girlfriend Stephanie Kent in their home state, Minnesota. Stephanie gave birth to the couples first child Maxwell Joseph Stepan on October 27th 2015. On July 1, 2010, Stepan signed his first professional contract with the Rangers, forgoing his junior and senior years at Wisconsin. In the autumn of 2010, having attended Rangers’ training camp and playing for the team during the pre-season, Stepan made the transition from Wisconsin to the NHL. He scored a hat-trick in his first NHL game on October 9, 2010, against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, becoming the first rookie in Rangers history to do so, en route to a 6–3 victory. He is only the fourth player in NHL history to have scored a hat-trick in his debut, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens (January 14, 1943), Réal Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (October 10, 1979) and Fabian Brunnström of the Dallas Stars (October 15, 2008). Stepan was announced as part of the 2011 NHL All Star roster on January 11, 2011, and played in NHL SuperSkills on January 29, 2011.