Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rudy Poeschek
As a hockey player, Rudy Poeschek was not only tough physically, he also possessed a steel clad mind set geared towards attaining a career in pro hockey. He had only limited hockey skills at best, but was a fearless fighter who could absorb setbacks like Chuvalo took punches.

He played his junior hockey for the Kamloops Blazers from 1983 to 1987. Along the way, he was drafted 238th overall by the New York Rangers. It was a long way down the line, but Poeschek was willing to wait. He got in one game with the Rangers during his first pro campaign -- like smelling the coffee as it was poured into the machine.

The next year, he picked up 52 games and a chance to measure his fists against the heavyweights of the league. He held his own quite well, but was again sent to the minors where he bounced around, picking up a few more games with the Rangers and later, the Winnipeg Jets before heading back to the AHL for two more seasons.

In 1993-94, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning were in need of some punch. They finally rewarded Poeschek for his years of patience, strapping on a holster and setting him loose on the league. As such, any liberties taken against Lightning players were settled by Poeschek who, between bouts, even managed to score his first 5 NHL goals over his four years with the club.

In 1997, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues where he continued as an enforcer for three more seasons before heading to the minors with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL and the Houston Aeros of the IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Vernon Lakers BCJHL 54 4 10 14 100
1983-84 Revelstoke Rangers BCJHL 22 5 21 26 107
1983-84 Kamloops Jr. Oilers WHL 47 3 9 12 93 8 0 2 2 7
1983-84 Kamloops Jr. Oilers M-Cup 2 0 0 0 7
1984-85 Kamloops Blazers WHL 34 6 7 13 100 15 0 3 3 56
1985-86 Kamloops Blazers WHL 32 3 13 16 92 16 3 7 10 40
1985-86 Kamloops Blazers M-Cup 5 1 1 2 13
1986-87 Kamloops Blazers WHL 54 13 18 31 153 15 2 4 6 37
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 82 7 31 38 210 12 2 2 4 31
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 52 0 2 2 199 -8
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 2 0 0 0 6
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 15 0 0 0 55 -1
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 38 8 13 21 109 4 0 0 0 16
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 38 1 3 4 162
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 5 0
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 23 2 4 6 67 9 1 1 2 41
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 4 0 0 0 17 -5
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 63 4 18 22 170 11 0 2 2 48
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 78 7 24 31 189 9 0 4 4 13
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 3 6 9 118 +3
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 25 1 1 2 92 0
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 57 1 3 4 88 -2 3 0 0 0 12
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 60 0 6 6 120 -3
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 1 7 8 64 -5 2 0 0 0 6
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 0 0 0 33 0
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 0 0 0 24 -3
1999-00 Worcester IceCats AHL 5 0 0 0 4 +2
1999-00 Houston Aeros IHL 32 2 6 8 51 +9
2000-01 Houston Aeros IHL 67 3 13 16 66 +14 7 0 0 0 8
NHL Totals 364 6 25 31 817 5 0 0 0 18


Traded to Winnipeg by NY Rangers for Guy Larose, January 22, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 8, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, August 10, 1993. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 31, 1997. Loaned to Houston (IHL) by St. Louis, November 11, 1999.
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