Rudy Pikuzinski

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Rudy Pikuzinski
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-08-09) August 9, 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Buffalo, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Buffalo Stallions (indoor) 29 (11)
1984 Buffalo Storm ? (5)
1984–1991 Canton Invaders (indoor) 133 (174)
1990–1992 Cleveland Crunch (indoor) 67 (39)
1992–2000 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 262 (317)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Buffalo Blizzard (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rudy Pikuzinski (born August 9, 1959 in Buffalo, New York) is a former U.S. soccer forward who spent nearly his entire career playing indoor soccer. He was a three time American Indoor Soccer Association MVP and served as an assistant coach his last year as a player.

Youth[edit]

Pikuzinski, and his brother Randy, grew up in Buffalo, New York where they learned to play from their father. Pikuzinski attended Bishop Turner High School and The Park School, playing soccer at both. Pikuzinski set the single season scoring record at The Park School. He also played with the White Eagles of the Western New York Premier Soccer League, winning four championships.

Professional[edit]

In 1983, the Buffalo Stallions of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) drafted Pikuzinski. He played one season with them, but when the Stallions folded at the end of the 1983-1984 season, Pikuzinski moved to the Buffalo Storm of the outdoor United Soccer League. The Storm folded in 1984 and Pikuzinski signed with the expansion Canton Invaders of the newly established American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA). Pikuzinski took a back seat to team leading scorer Kia Zolgharnain his first two seasons with the Invaders as the team took two consecutive AISA championships. In his third season with the Invaders, Pikuzinski became the league’s leading scorer. He was named a first team All Star and league MVP. That season, the Invaders lost in the finals, but won the next three championships as Pikuzinski earned his second and third MVP awards. In 1991, Pikuzinski moved to the Cleveland Crunch of MISL. The Crunch went to the semifinals before falling to the Dallas Sidekicks. In 1992 after the MISL folded, Pikuzinski returned to Buffalo when he signed with the expansion Buffalo Blizzard of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Pikuzinski remained with the Blizzard through the 1999-2000 season before he retired from playing professionally. During his last season of play, he also served as an assistant coach with the Blizzard.

Pikuzinski was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.[1] He is the resident instructor at Sahlen’s Sports Park, an indoor soccer complex in Elma, New York.[2]

Honors[edit]

  • MVP: 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Leading scorer: 1987, 1988

AISA/NPSL All Time Statistical Leaders

  1. 6th in Points- 1224
  2. 5th in Goals- 511
  3. 8th in Assists- 340

Forward for All Time AISA/NPSL Team

First Team All Star

  • 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993

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