Tambellini, a native of Trail, BC, was named as Director, Player Personnel for Canada's 2002 Men's Olympic Hockey Team on February 8th, 2001.
Tambellini has represented Canada on four previous occasions. He was Director, Player Personnel for Team Canada at the 2001 World Hockey Championship in Germany, and as a player he played in the 1978 World Junior Championship with Wayne Gretzky, the World Hockey Championship in 1981 and in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, AB.
International hockey runs deep in the Tambellini family. Father, Addie won a gold medal with Canada's 1961 World Championship team (Trail Smoke Eaters), while Steve's son Jeff, won a gold medal with Canada's National Under 18 team at the 2001 Six Nations Cup and won a silver medal at the 2001 World Under 17 Challenge with Team Pacific.
Tambellini, 43, is in his 11th year with the Vancouver Canucks and was named Vice President of Player
Personnel in August 1998.
A former player, Tambellini played 10 seasons in the NHL after he was drafted 15th overall in the 1978 Entry Draft by the NY Islanders. He won a Stanley Cup with the Islanders in 1980 and was eventually traded to Colorado with Glenn Resch for Mike McEwen and Jari Kaarela on March 10, 1981. He played one season in Colorado before the franchise was relocated to New Jersey in June of '82.
On June 20, 1983, Tambellini was traded to the Calgary Flames with Joel Quenneville for Mel Bridgman and Phil Russell. He played for the Flames for two seasons (1983-84, 1984-85) before signing as a free agent with the Canucks on August 28, 1985. Tambellini played three seasons in Vancouver (1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88), recording 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points in 161 games. He played in 553 career NHL games, recording 160 goals, 150 assists (310 points) and 105 penalty minutes.
Steve and his wife Denise reside in Port Moody, BC with their children Jeff, Trisha and Adam.