Steve Cardwell was born in Toronto but moved to Whitby in 1979. Steve began playing minor hockey in Toronto before playing at the Junior B level for the Whitby Lasco Steelers in 1967-68. He then played for the Oshawa Generals from 1968-70.
Steve was drafted 53rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1970 and played 103 NHL games from 1970 to 1973, recording 9 goals and 11 assists. He went on to play in the WHA for the Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1973-74 and the Cleveland Crusaders in 1974-75. In a total of 151 WHA games, Steve scored 32 goals and had 34 assists.
Steve coached minor hockey in Whitby for 10 seasons starting in 1982. During that time his teams won two provincial AA titles and an Ontario finalist on one other occasion.
A group of 31 local business and hockey personalities, including Steve, were granted membership in the OHA Eastern Ontario Hockey League for the 2004-05 season. As a result, the Whitby Dunlops franchise was reborn on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the original Dunlops senior team.
Steve's involvement with the Dunlops has expanded over time to include the role of Team President. In the years since the Dunlops returned to the ice in Whitby, the team has brought recognition to the Town through its successes and championships: six first-place finishes in league play and three Allen Cup appearances, including the finals on two occasions.
Steve has twice been named Manager and Executive of the Year in Allen Cup Hockey.