Thomas Pöck

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Thomas Pöck
Thomas Pock.jpg
Born (1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 38)
Klagenfurt, Austria
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for EC KAC
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Modo Hockey
Graz 99ers
National teamFlag of Austria.svg  Austria
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 20042016

Thomas Dietmar Pöck (born December 2, 1981) is an Austrian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.

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Playing career

As a youth, Pöck played in the 1994 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Austria. [1]

Pöck was a star forward turned defenceman for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen, a NCAA Division I Hockey East team. [2] Pöck was never drafted in the NHL, but signed his first pro contract upon completing his senior year on 23 March 2004 with the New York Rangers. He immediately made his NHL debut at the end of the 2003–04 season.[ citation needed ]

Pöck played eight games for the New York Rangers in the 2005–06 season, scoring one goal, getting one assist, and accumulating four penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season however with Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, accumulating an impressive 61 points in 65 games, to finish second in the league amongst defenseman and earn a selection to the AHL Second All-Star Team. [3] During the following 2006–07 season, Pöck played in 44 games for the Rangers, scored four goals, collected four assists, and was assessed 16 penalty minutes. He also played in four first-round playoff games, amassing three assists.[ citation needed ]

After only playing in one game with the Rangers to start the 2007–08 season, Pöck was sent down passing waivers, to play with the AHL's Wolf Pack due to the Rangers having seven other healthy defencemen on the roster. [4]

On 29 September 2008, Pöck was claimed on waivers by the Rangers' arch rivals, the New York Islanders. Pöck joined the Islanders for training camp and played a career high 59 games with the Islanders in the 2008–09 season. [5]

On 28 May 2009, with lack of NHL interest, Pöck signed with Swiss team Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A (NLA) on a two-year contract. [6] In his two seasons with the Lakers, despite missing the playoffs in each year, Pöck led the team amongst defenseman in points.[ citation needed ]

Upon his contract expiring with the Lakers, Pöck signed a one-year contract as a free agent, with Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien on 28 April 2011. [7] In helping Modo return to playoffs in the 2011–12 season, Pöck was the clear offensive threat among the blueline, scoring 25 points in 55 games.[ citation needed ]

With the intention of returning for another opportunity in the NHL, Pöck signed a one-year two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on 2 July 2012. [8] Due to the 2012 NHL lockout and the absence of NHL training camps, Pöck was directly reassigned by the Avalanche to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. In adding a veteran puck-moving presence to the Monsters blueline during the 2012–13 season, Pöck led the defense with 11 goals and finished second with 33 points in 62 games.[ citation needed ]

Unable to add to his NHL experience, Pöck signed a two-year contract to return to his native Austria with original club, EC KAC, of the EBEL on 10 April 2013. [9] After three seasons in Klagenfurt, he was not tendered a new contract. On 3 October 2016, he belatedly signed a contract with the Graz 99ers to remain in the EBEL. In the 2016–17 season, Pöck continued his scoring contributions to the blueline, in adding 6 goals and 30 points in 46 games. However, after a short playoff-run his contract with the 99ers was not renewed resulting in his release as a free agent. [10]

Pöck retired at the end of 2017 and was named head coach of the Boston Pride in the National Women's Hockey League. He left the Pride after one season. [11] He was later named coach for the Northern Cyclones of the USPHL Elite.[ citation needed ]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1998–99 Klagenfurt AUT 310002
1999–00KlagenfurtAUT1314514
2000–01 University of Massachusetts Amherst HE 33661259
2001–02 University of Massachusetts AmherstHE23571226
2002–03 University of Massachusetts AmherstHE3717203746
2003–04 University of Massachusetts AmherstHE3716254148
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 62240
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 501565560118
2004–05 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 30222
2005–06 Hartford Wolf PackAHL6715466199603315
2005–06 New York RangersNHL81124
2006–07 New York RangersNHL444481640334
2006–07 Hartford Wolf PackAHL40112
2007–08 New York RangersNHL10000
2007–08 Hartford Wolf PackAHL74737446350008
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL5912335
2009–10 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 4911223358
2010–11 Rapperswil-Jona LakersNLA478172540
2011–12 Modo Hockey SEL 55916253260006
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL6211223361
2013–14 EC KAC EBEL 5210152550
2014–15 EC KACEBEL546263270923512
2015–16 EC KACEBEL52817256060008
2016–17 Graz 99ers EBEL466243038500014
NHL totals11889175540334

International

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
1999 Austria WJC18-D1 567132
1999 Austria WJC-D2 402210
2000 AustriaWJC-D2447112
2002 Austria OG 40002
2002 Austria WC 61124
2003 AustriaWC61014
2004 AustriaWC600010
2005 AustriaWC30112
2010 AustriaWC-D152026
2013 AustriaWC703318
2014 Austria OG 40110
Junior totals1310162614
Senior totals41461046

Awards and honours

AwardYearNotes
College
All-Hockey East Second Team 2002–03
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2003 [12]
All-Hockey East First Team 2003–04
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2003–04
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2004 [12]
AHL
Second All-Star Team 2006 [3]

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