Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joel Prpic
One of the tallest players to lace up skates in the NHL, Joel Prpic was selected 233 rd overall in the 1993 Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Prpic chose to pursue an education at St. Lawrence while playing for their hockey team. In 1997 Prpic turned professional with the Providence Bruins, of the American Hockey League. As a defensive forward his statistics were about what one would expect for such a player. He proved effective enough that the Bruins called him to play in Boston toward the end of the 1997-98 season.

Joel was inserted into the lineup against the New York Islanders. Just 3:58 into the game referee Rob Shick ruled Prpic off on a hooking call. Fortunately, the Islanders had completed their scoring two minutes earlier. With the win the Bruins clinched a playoff spot. Prpic' s next NHL action would not be until November 1999. He stuck with the club for a month before returning to Providence. Joel' s second call-up of the 1999-2000 season came in April. On April 4, 2000, Joel Prpic recorded his first NHL point by drawing the second assist on Cameron Mann' s seventh goal of the season. Later in the same game he recorded a second assist on a Steve Heinze goal. Prpic finished +2 on the night but the Bruins lost to Tampa Bay, 5-4. Prpic followed up his two-assist effort by notch a helper on Antti Laaksonen's goal, his fourth of the season, a night later.

For 2000-01, Prpic joined the Colorado Avalanche organization. He played three games at the NHL level during the season but his holding penalty against the Phoenix Coyotes. After the game Phoenix coach Bob Francis was livid after the game. Francis said, " Ray (Bourque) pulled down (Jeremy) Roenick through the neutral zone and Prpic goes and sits in the box and Ray goes and sits on the bench. They got the wrong guy" Colorado won the game 2-1 In the 2001 off-season Joel Prpic signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks assigned the 6-foot-6 center to the Cleveland Barons.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Sudbury Cubs NOJHA 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Waterloo Siskins ON-Jr.B 45 17 43 60 160
1993-94 St. Lawrence University ECAC 31 2 4 6 90
1994-95 St. Lawrence University ECAC 32 7 10 17 62
1995-96 St. Lawrence University ECAC 32 3 10 13 77
1996-97 St. Lawrence University ECAC 34 10 8 18 57
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 73 17 18 35 53 +3
1998-99 Providence Bruins AHL 75 14 16 30 163 +5 18 4 6 10 48
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 14 0 3 3 0 -6
1999-00 Providence Bruins AHL 70 9 20 29 143 -6 14 3 4 7 58
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
2000-01 Hershey Bears AHL 74 16 23 39 128 -3 12 1 1 2 26
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 80 10 38 48 174 -7
2002-03 Kokudo Lions Toyko Japan 29 14 18 32 9 3 8 11
2003-04 Kokudo Lions Toyko AsiaHL 16 8 25 33 56
2004-05 Kokudo Lions Toyko AsiaHL 34 18 30 48 170 7 1 2 3 24
2005-06 Kokudo Lions Toyko AsiaHL 16 7 19 26 48 12 9 7 16 54
2006-07 Seibu Prince Rabbits AsiaHL 24 16 28 44 175 7 8 9 17 16
2007-08 Seibu Prince Rabbits AsiaHL 27 17 30 47 147 4 0 3 3 12
2008-09 Seibu Prince Rabbits AsiaHL 35 13 30 43 174 11 9 7 16 48
2009-10 Medvescak Zagreb Austria 54 15 28 43 143 11 0 4 4 46
2010-11 Medvescak Zagreb Austria 51 13 36 49 163 5 0 2 2 12
2010-11 Medvescak Zagreb 2 Croatia 3 3 6 9
2011-12 Medvescak Zagreb Austria 35 8 22 30 77 5 3 2 5 35
2012-13 Brantford Blast OHA Sr. 9 12 10 22 22 10 5 6 11 35
2013-14 Brantford Blast OHA Sr. 21 18 25 43 32 12 10 9 19 42
2013-14 Brantford Blast Al-Cup 3 2 2 4 18
NHL Totals 18 0 3 3 4


Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August, 2000. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 15, 2001.
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