Born in Summerside, PEI, Ott's family moved to the village of Stoney Point, Ontario in the Windsor area. Ott played his minor hockey with the Sun County Panthers of the OMHA in the mid-1990s before signing for the 1998-99 season with the Leamington Flyers Jr.B. club (WOJHL).
After a solid Jr.B. season, Ott was selected in the 2nd round (41st overall) of the 1998 OHL Priority Selection by the Windsor Spifires.
Ott was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Stars, 25th overall at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Windsor Spitfires and had a brief spell with the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) before joining the Stars NHL roster. Ott played for the Leamington Flyers of the Junior B Hockey League in Ontario before being drafted by the Windsor Spitfires.
Ott represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship, helping the team win the bronze medal. As part of his pestiness, Ott learned and memorized offensive phrases in other languages to strategically annoy his opponents on the ice in a language they could understand. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ott played for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL where he set a team record for penalty minutes in a season, earning 279.
In the 2007–08 season, Ott was suspended by the NHL for three games for a hit to the head of Jordan Leopold of the Colorado Avalanche during a game on March 9, 2008. Ott also played in 18 playoff games for the Stars on their run to the Western Conference finals.
Ott was suspended one game by the NHL on March 1, 2009 for an incident during a game on February 28, 2009 against the Anaheim Ducks, where he received a match penalty for eye gouging Travis Moen. Ott claimed the eye gouge was accidental.
Steve has a daughter, Layna Grace, born May 9, 2007. Steve has also raced stock outboard boats in the American Power Boat Association and the Canadian Boating Federation. His racing career predated his hockey career and occurred while he was a resident of the Windsor area.
The OT early thread was getting a little big and since most late night threads are occupied by myself and mobile posters I thought I'd put up a new one. It's no secret hockey is my number one favorite sport. What's yours? Favorite athlete of all time in any sport? What sports did you play as a kid? Got an extra curricular activities that you're embarrassed that your parents put you in? RABBLE RABBLE