Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Walt Poddubny
Walt Poddubny played his junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Kitchener Rangers, and the Kingston Canadiens from 1978 to 1980. His offensive production was adequate but far from stellar. As such, he was drafted 90th overall in the 1980 Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

Poddubny reported to the Oilers camp and put in a solid performance. But the club's all-star lineup was too hard to crack, so he was dispatched to the minors in Wichita where he spent most of the next two seasons, biding his unhappy time.

The Leafs picked him up in exchange for Laurie Boschman in 1982. Poddubny's first full season with the Leafs was quite productive. He nailed down 59 points in 72 games. But then once he was established, criticisms began to surface that he was a floater, guilty of inconsistent play. Then the injury bug struck, forcing him to miss many games during the seasons that followed. By 1985-86, Poddubny's knees were wobbly as he was sent to St. Catharines of the AHL to work things out. He balked at the idea and was then traded to the New York Rangers.

The Rangers made the right move. Poddubny was reborn as a goal scorer. He hit the ice and promptly potted a career-high 40 goals and 47 assists in 75 games. His numbers were similar the following year. In 1988-89, Poddubny was traded to the Nordiques where he continued to put up impressive numbers. But after only one season, he was traded to his final NHL stop, the New Jersey Devils.

In Jersey, Poddubny's knees finally succumbed to the duress of NHL play. His games played and offensive numbers fell off dramatically, leading to his retirement in 1991. He sat on the sidelines for two years and then attempted a comeback with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL. He lasted only 34 games and then quit for good.

Since leaving the ice, Poddubny has coached in Daytona Beach of the ECHL and in Anchorage, Alaska of the WCHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Thunder Bay Kings TBAHA
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 20 11 11 22 12
1979-80 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 19 3 9 12 35
1979-80 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 43 30 17 47 36 3 0 2 2 0
1980-81 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 5 4 2 6 4
1980-81 Wichita Wind CHL 70 21 29 50 207 11 1 6 7 26
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -1
1981-82 Wichita Wind CHL 60 35 46 81 79
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 3 4 7 8 0
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 28 31 59 71 +8 4 3 1 4 0
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 11 14 25 48 -13
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 5 15 20 26 +1
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 8 5 7 12 10
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 12 22 34 25 +6 9 4 1 5 4
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 37 28 27 55 52
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 75 40 47 87 49 +16 6 0 0 0 8
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 77 38 50 88 76 +2
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 38 37 75 107 -18
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 4 10 14 28 -4
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 14 4 6 10 10 +8
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 1 2 3 6 -1
1992-93 EC Bad Nauheim German-2 44 35 41 76 149 9 5 15 20 15
1993-94 HC Fassa Alpenliga 9 2 3 5 19
1993-94 EC Bad Nauheim German-3 37 40 46 86 115
1994-95 Worcester IceCats AHL 34 7 6 13 32
1995-1996 Daytona Beach Breakers SunHL
1996-1997 Worcester IceCats AHL
1997-2000 Anchorage Aces WCHL
NHL Totals 468 184 238 422 454 19 7 2 9 12


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989) Traded to Toronto by Edmonton with Phil Drouillard for Laurie Boschman, March 9, 1982. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for Mike Allison, August 18, 1986. Traded to Quebec by NY Rangers with Jari Gronstad, Bruce Bell and the NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Eric Dubois) in 1989 Entry Draft for Jason Lafrieniere and Normand Rochefort, August 1, 1988. Traded to New Jersey by Quebec with Quebec's 4th round choice (Mike Bodnarchuk) in 1990 Entry Draft for Joe Cirella, Claude Loiselle and New Jersey's 8th round choice (Alexander Karpovtsev) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 17, 1989.
Resigned as Head Coach of Anchorage (WCHL), June 14, 1999. Re-hired as Head Coach of Anchorage (WCHL), November 10, 1999.
Played w/ RHI's Las Vegas Flash in 1994 (19-21-26-47-32) and Orlando Rollergators in 1995 (10-7-10-17-12).