Randy Velischek

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Randy Velischek
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Born (1962-02-10) February 10, 1962 (age 56)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Minnesota North Stars
New Jersey Devils
Quebec Nordiques
AHL
Springfield Indians
Maine Mariners
Halifax Citadels
Cornwall Aces
IHL
Milwaukee Admirals
CHL
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
BHL
Durham Wasps
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 1980
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 19831995

Randy John Velischek (born February 10, 1962) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League from 1982–83 until 1991–92 for the Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils, and Quebec Nordiques. [1] Randy Velischek was drafted 53rd overall by the North Stars in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. [1] He played 509 career NHL games, scoring 21 goals and 97 points. [1]

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

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In 2018, he was named the head coach of the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League.

Metropolitan Riveters professional womens ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey

The Metropolitan Riveters are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey, who play their home games in the Barnabas Health Hockey House at the Prudential Center. Its team name and logo are based upon Rosie the Riveter, the subject of the World War II-era motivational poster "We Can Do It!"

National Womens Hockey League North American womens hockey league active since 2015

The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) is a women's professional ice hockey league, established in 2015 with four teams. The league has grown to seven teams: the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps and two Canadian teams announced in Toronto and Montreal. The league debuted as the first women's professional hockey league to pay its players.

Playing career

Velischek was born in Montreal, Quebec. As a youth, he played in the 1974 and 1975 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Mount Royal, Quebec. [2] He spent his junior hockey career with the Lac St-Louis Lions of the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association and the Verdun Éperviers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. [1] After his junior career ended, Velischek played four years of college hockey for the Providence Friars from 1979 to 1983, where he majored in business and french, graduating with honors. [1] [3]

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is an annual minor ice hockey event in Quebec City. The event was founded in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival, and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre, and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of 2018, the event has showcased the talent of over 1,200 future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.

Minor hockey is an umbrella term for amateur ice hockey which is played below the junior age level. Players are classified by age, with each age group playing in its own league. The rules, especially as it relates to body contact, vary from class to class. In North America, the rules are governed by the national bodies, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, while local hockey associations administer players and leagues for their region. Many provinces and states organize regional and provincial championship tournaments, and the highest age groups in Canada and USA also participate in national championships.

In addition to playing in the NHL, Velischek played professionally in the American Hockey League for the Springfield Indians, Maine Mariners, Halifax Citadels, and Cornwall Aces, the International Hockey League for the Milwaukee Admirals, the Central Hockey League for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, and the British Hockey League for the Durham Wasps. [1] [4]

American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

Springfield Indians ice hockey team

The Springfield Indians were a minor professional ice hockey franchise, originally based in West Springfield, Massachusetts and later Springfield, Massachusetts. The Indians were founding members of the American Hockey League. They were in existence for a total of 60 seasons from 1926 to 1994, with three interruptions. The Indians had two brief hiatuses from 1933 to 1935, and from 1942 to 1946. The team was known as the Syracuse Warriors from 1951 to 1954; in addition, the team was named the Springfield Kings from 1967 to 1975. The Indians won seven Calder Cup championships, one while known as the Kings in 1971.

Maine Mariners icehockeyclub in Portland, Maine, USA between 1977-1987

The Maine Mariners were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Portland, Maine, at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Life after hockey

From 1995 to 2006, Velischek served as a broadcaster for the New Jersey Devils on ABC Radio and WFAN-AM. [3]

The 1995–96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who, in their first year as the Avalanche, swept the Florida Panthers in four games.

The 2005–06 NHL season was the 89th season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season succeeded the 2004–05 season which had all of its scheduled games canceled due to a labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the League and its players. The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 21, 2006, and concluded on June 19, with the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers to win their first Stanley Cup, after which the Oilers would miss the postseason ten consecutive times and the Hurricanes would miss 11 of their next 12.

New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise in Newark, New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club was founded as the Kansas City Scouts in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. The Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, they moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and took their current name. For their first 25 seasons in New Jersey, the Devils were based at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford and played their home games at Brendan Byrne Arena. Before the 2007–08 season, the Devils relocated to Newark and now play their home games at Prudential Center.

Beginning in 2007–08 school year, Velischek taught at the Pingry School as a German and French teacher and coached middle school ice hockey. [3] On June 11, 2009, Velischeck was hired as the boy's high school ice hockey coach at Morristown-Beard School. [5] Along with coaching at Morristown-Beard School, Velischek was also the hockey director at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown, New Jersey, and runs RJV Hockey School. [6]

Pingry School

The Pingry School is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory country day school in New Jersey, with a Lower School (K-5) campus in the Short Hills neighborhood of Millburn, and a Middle and Upper School campus in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township. The school was founded in 1861 by Dr. John F. Pingry. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1998 and is considered one of the most prestigious in the state and country.

Morristown, New Jersey Town in New Jersey, United States

Morristown is a town and the county seat of Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Morristown has been called "the military capital of the American Revolution" because of its strategic role in the war for independence from Great Britain. Today this history is visible in a variety of locations throughout the town that collectively make up Morristown National Historical Park.

On September 20, 2018, he was named the head coach of the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League, [7] based of Newark, New Jersey and the New Jersey Devils' practice facility.

Personal life

Randy's son, Alex Velischek, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. [8] [9] Like his father, Alex also played four years of college hockey for Providence. [9] Alex also played professional hockey for the Wheeling Nailers, Missouri Mavericks, and Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, as well as the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League. [9] [10] [11] [12] Randy was recently named hockey director of the Ramapo Saints tier 1,2 & 3 hockey program.

Awards and honors

AwardYear
All-ECAC Hockey All-Star Team of The 1980s Second Team 1979-83 [1]
All-ECAC 1981–82 [1]
ECAC Second All-Star Team 1981–82 [1]
NCAA (All-East) Senior All-Stars 1982–83 [1]
All-ECAC 1982–83 [1]
ECAC First All-Star Team 1982–83 [1]
ECAC Player of The Year 1982–83 [1]
NCAA (New England)-All New England 1982–83 [1]
AHCA East All-American 1982–83 [13]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steve Cruickshank
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
1982–83
Succeeded by
Cleon Daskalakis