Poul Popiel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Poul Popiel
Born (1943-02-28) February 28, 1943 (age 71)
Søllested, DEN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Buffalo Bisons
Hershey Bears
Springfield Kings
Cleveland Barons
Rochester Americans
NHL
Edmonton Oilers
Vancouver Canucks
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Boston Bruins
WHA
Houston Aeros
Playing career 1962–1980

Poul Peter Popiel (born February 28, 1943 in Søllested, Denmark and raised in Georgetown, Ontario) is a retired NHL defenceman, and head coach. He played in the OHA, AHL, WHA, NHL, CPHL, and IHL. He played a brief 12 games in the IHL with the Muskegon Mohawks, then halfway through the year, he retired and became the head coach. He was the first player along with Garry Peters to win the Ken McKenzie Trophy (In 1963-1964.). His younger brother Jan Popiel is also a former professional hockey player.

Popiel was in the news briefly in early 2007. The New York Islanders recalled Frans Nielsen and he made his NHL debut on January 6. At the time of his recall, the Islanders believed that Nielsen would be the first Danish-born player to play in the NHL. It turned out that Popiel had him beaten—by about forty-seven years.

Popiel (whose family moved to Canada in 1951 when he was a child [1]) had become an American citizen prior to his debut, however, leaving Nielsen with the honor of being the first Danish citizen to appear in an NHL game. Additionally, Nielsen is the first Danish NHL player at least partially trained in the Danish junior hockey system.[2]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 St. Catharines Teepees OHA 38 2 9 11 0
1961–62 St. Catharines Teepees OHA 49 3 16 19 0
1962–63 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA 50 11 34 45 0
1962–63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 2 0 1 1 2
1963–64 St. Louis Braves CPHL 54 9 14 23 78 6 0 1 1 17
1963–64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 4 0 0 0 4
1964–65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 48 7 12 19 76 9 0 1 1 29
1965–66 Hershey Bears AHL 63 6 26 32 101 3 0 0 0 2
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 1 1 2
1966–67 Hershey Bears AHL 63 5 27 32 134 5 1 0 1 10
1967–68 Springfield Kings AHL 72 8 27 35 180 4 0 0 0 4
1967–68 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 4
1968–69 Springfield Kings AHL 13 0 10 10 19
1968–69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 2 13 15 82
1969–70 Cleveland Barons AHL 22 3 15 18 14
1969–70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 0 4 4 31 1 0 0 0 0
1970–71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 10 22 32 61
1971–72 Rochester Americans AHL 12 7 4 11 10
1971–72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 38 1 1 2 36
1972–73 Houston Aeros WHA 73 16 48 64 158 10 2 9 11 23
1973–74 Houston Aeros WHA 78 7 41 48 126 14 1 14 15 22
1974–75 Houston Aeros WHA 78 11 53 64 123 13 1 10 11 34
1975–76 Houston Aeros WHA 78 10 36 46 71 17 3 5 8 16
1976–77 Houston Aeros WHA 80 12 56 68 87 11 0 7 7 10
1977–78 Houston Aeros WHA 80 6 31 37 53 6 0 2 2 13
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 0 0 0 0
1979–80 Houston Apollos CHL 57 2 27 29 28 6 0 1 1 10
1981–82 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 12 0 4 4 10
NHL totals 224 13 41 54 212 4 1 0 1 4
WHA totals 467 62 265 327 618 71 7 47 54 118

Coaching statistics[edit]

Season Team League GP W L W%
1981–82 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 55 24 30 0.445

References[edit]

External links[edit]