Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Kocur
Joey Kocur was a hard-nosed right-winger who was a good checker and intimidating presence on the ice. He was also better at handling the puck than most people realized and had a deceptively hard shot.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Kocur played two years with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL where he scored 63 goals and played a robust physical game. He was chosen 91st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1983 then spent some valuable time with Adirondack of the AHL. He played 17 games in 1984-85 then became a regular the next year.

Kocur emerged as a solid defensive player in 1986-87. In the Norris Division Final he shut down cousin Wendel Clark in a deft move by coach Jacques Demers. Kocur helped the Wings dominate the Norris Division in 1987-88 and 1988-89 and scored a personal best 16 goals in 1989-90.

The veteran winger was traded to the New York Rangers in March 1991 and was a solid role player on the club when it finished first in the NHL's overall standings in 1991-92. He also played 20 games in 1994 when team won its first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Kocur was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in March 1996 for goalie Kay Whitmore.

Kocur played briefly with the IHL's San Antonio Dragons before his life took an unexpected turn. Assuming his career was over, he was playing in an Industrial League in 1996-97 when Red Wings signed him to provide experience and grit. He was rejuvenated and comfortable with his limited role while helping the team win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998. Kocur played 39 games in 1998-99 and eclipsed 800 games played before retiring.

Since his retirement, Kocur spent two seasons as the Wings video coach and in 2002-03 was appointed as an assistant coach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Yorkton Terriers SJHL 48 6 9 15 307
1981-82 Yorkton Terriers SJHL 47 20 21 41 199
1982-83 Saskatoon Blades WHL 62 23 17 40 289 6 2 3 5 25
1983-84 Saskatoon Blades WHL 69 40 41 81 258
1983-84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 5 0 0 0 20
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 1 0 1 64 -4 3 1 0 1 5
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 47 12 7 19 171
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 9 6 15 377 -24
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 9 6 2 8 34
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 9 9 18 276 -10 16 2 3 5 71
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 7 7 14 263 -11 10 0 1 1 13
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 9 9 18 213 -4 3 0 1 1 6
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 16 20 36 268 -4
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 5 4 9 253 -6
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 0 0 36 -1 6 0 2 2 21
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 51 7 4 11 121 -4 12 1 1 2 38
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 65 3 6 9 131 -9
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 71 2 1 3 129 -9 20 1 1 2 17
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 48 1 2 3 71 -4 10 0 0 0 8
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 38 1 2 3 49 -4
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 0 1 1 19 -3 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 San Antonio Dragons IHL 5 1 1 2 24
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 2 1 3 70 -7 19 1 3 4 22
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 6 5 11 92 +7 18 4 0 4 30
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 2 5 7 87 0
NHL Totals 820 80 82 162 2519 118 10 12 22 231


Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Per Djoos for Kevin Miller, Jim Cummins and Dennis Vial, March 5, 1991. Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers for Kay Whitmore, March 20, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, December 27, 1996.
Missed remainder of 1998-99 and entire 1999-2000 due to hernia injury and surgery, May, 1999.
Officially announced retirement, October 10, 2000.
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