Joe Kocur

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Joe Kocur
Born (1964-12-21) December 21, 1964 (age 49)
Kelvington, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for AHL
Adirondack Red Wings
IHL
San Antonio Dragons
NHL
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1983
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1983–1999

Joseph George "Joey" Kocur (born December 21, 1964)[1] is a retired professional ice hockey player. He is best known as one half of the "Bruise Brothers," the other being Bob Probert, when playing for the Detroit Red Wings.

Career[edit]

Known for his physical play, Kocur was one of the most penalized players in NHL history, amassing a career total of 2519 penalty minutes in stints with the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks. Kocur officially retired at the end of the 1998–1999 season. He served as a video coach to Scotty Bowman from the 2001 season until Bowman's retirement following the 2002 season. Under head coach Dave Lewis, Kocur served as an associate coach along with Barry Smith; he was not asked to return after the hiring of coach Mike Babcock.

Kocur was best known for his devastating right-hand punch; he so frequently hit players with his right hand, often landing blows on their helmets or teeth, his right hand was often in poor condition.

In an interview with Donald Brashear, Brashear described how Kocur cracked his helmet with his punches; though his helmet absorbed most of the blow, he still felt serious pain in his gums even on the other side of his face, leaving him unable to eat for a day or so. Kocur's punches often seriously injured players, such as Brad Dalgarno of the New York Islanders, whose orbital bone, cheek bone, and jaw were fractured by Kocur.

Kocur left the NHL following the 1996 season and was playing in the International Hockey League when the Red Wings brought him back during the 1996–97 season after captain Steve Yzerman suggested him to head coach Scotty Bowman.[2] Although he didn't fight as much as in his younger days, Kocur brought an element of toughness to the Wings that had been lost with the departures of Probert and Stu Grimson. Kocur scored goals in the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup finals series, helping the Wings win the Stanley Cup both times.

Post hockey career[edit]

He lives in Michigan with his wife Kristen, son Liam, and daughter Kendall. He is president of the [3] Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association and is active in its efforts to raise money for children's charities in Metro Detroit. In 2010, he created Kocur Enterprises and is a manufacturer's representative of specialty products serving commercial, industrial and municipal markets in several states. In 2012 he started his own charity called "The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children". The foundation holds an annual charity softball game in Highland Township Michigan every August.

In media[edit]

Along with former teammate Bob Probert, Kocur is featured in a book entitled Bruise Brothers by Bob Duff .[2]

Kocur makes occasional cameo appearances playing adult league hockey in Waterford, Michigan. On December 31, 2013, Kocur appeared in the second game of the NHL Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park in Detroit, part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic. Kocur, who wore the number 26 sweater during his playing days, honored his late Bruise Brother, Bob Probert, by wearing Probert's number 24 sweater.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 28
1984–85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 47 12 7 19 171
1984–85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 1 0 1 64 3 1 0 1 5
1985–86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 9 6 2 8 34
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 9 6 15 377
1986–87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 9 9 18 276 16 2 3 5 71
1987–88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 7 7 14 263 10 0 1 1 13
1988–89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 9 9 18 213 3 0 1 1 6
1989–90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 16 20 36 268
1990–91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 5 4 9 253
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 0 0 36 6 0 2 2 21
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 51 7 4 11 121 12 1 1 2 38
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 65 3 6 9 31
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 71 2 1 3 129 20 1 1 2 17
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 48 1 2 3 71 10 0 0 0 8
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 38 1 2 3 49
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 0 1 1 19 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 19 1 3 4 22
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 6 5 11 92 18 4 0 4 30
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 2 5 7 87
NHL totals 821 80 82 162 2519 118 10 12 22 231

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