Thomas Pöck

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Thomas Pöck
Thomas Pock.jpg
Born (1981-12-02) December 2, 1981 (age 32)
Klagenfurt, Austria
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
EC KAC
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Modo Hockey
National team  Austria
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004–present

Thomas Dietmar Pöck (born December 2, 1981) is an Austrian professional defenceman currently playing with hometown club, EC KAC, of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

Pöck was a star forward turned defenceman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst of the Hockey East.[1] Pöck was never drafted in the NHL, but signed his first pro contract upon completing his senior year on March 23, 2004 with the New York Rangers. He immediately made his NHL debut at the end of the 2003–04 season.

Pöck played eight games for the New York Rangers in the 2005–06 season, scoring one goal, getting one assist, and accumulating four penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season however with Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, accumulating an impressive 61 points in 65 games, to finish second in the league amongst defenseman and earn a selection to the AHL Second All-Star Team.[2] During the following 2006–07 season, Pöck played in 44 games for the Rangers, scored four goals, collected four assists, and was assessed 16 penalty minutes. He also played in four first-round playoff games, amassing three assists.

After only playing in one game with the Rangers to start the 2007–08 season, Pöck was sent down passing waivers, to play with the AHL's Wolf Pack due to the Rangers having seven other healthy defencemen on the roster.[3]

On September 29, 2008, Pöck was claimed on waivers by the Rangers' arch rivals, the New York Islanders. Pöck joined the Islanders for training camp and played a career high 59 games with the Islanders in the 2008–09 season.[4]

On May 28, 2009, with lack of NHL interest, Pöck signed with Swiss team Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A (NLA) on a two-year contract.[5] In his two seasons with the Lakers, despite missing the playoffs in each year, Pöck led the team amongst defenseman in points.

Upon his contract expiring with the Lakers, Pöck signed a one-year contract as a free agent, with Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien on April 28, 2011.[6] In helping Modo return to playoffs in the 2011–12 season, Pöck was the clear offensive threat among the blueline, scoring 25 points in 55 games.

With the intention of returning for another opportunity in the NHL, Pöck signed a one-year two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 2, 2012.[7] Due to the 2012 NHL lockout and the absence of NHL training camps, Pöck was directly re-assigned by the Avalanche to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. In adding a veteran puck-moving presence to the Monsters blueline during the 2012–13 season, Pöck led the defense with 11 goals and finished second with 33 points in 62 games.

Unable to add to his NHL experience, Pöck signed a two-year contract to return to his native Austria with original club, EC KAC, of the EBEL on April 10, 2013,.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Klagenfurt AUT 31 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Klagenfurt AUT 13 1 4 5 14
2000–01 University of Massachusetts Amherst HE 33 6 6 12 59
2001–02 University of Massachusetts Amherst HE 23 5 7 12 26
2002–03 University of Massachusetts Amherst HE 37 17 20 37 46
2003–04 University of Massachusetts Amherst HE 37 16 25 41 48
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 6 2 2 4 0
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 50 1 5 6 55 6 0 1 1 8
2004–05 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 3 0 2 2 2
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 67 15 46 61 99 6 0 3 3 15
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 1 2 4
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 44 4 4 8 16 4 0 3 3 4
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 0 1 1 2
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 74 7 37 44 63 5 0 0 0 8
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 59 1 2 3 35
2009–10 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 49 11 22 33 58
2010–11 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 47 8 17 25 40
2011–12 Modo Hockey SEL 55 9 16 25 32 6 0 0 0 6
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 62 11 22 33 61
2013–14 EC KAC EBEL 52 10 15 25 50
NHL totals 118 8 9 17 55 4 0 3 3 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Austria WJC18-D1 5 6 7 13 2
1999 Austria WJC-D2 4 0 2 2 10
2000 Austria WJC-D2 4 4 7 11 2
2002 Austria OG 4 0 0 0 2
2002 Austria WC 6 1 1 2 4
2003 Austria WC 6 1 0 1 4
2004 Austria WC 6 0 0 0 10
2005 Austria WC 3 0 1 1 2
2010 Austria WC-D1 5 2 0 2 6
2013 Austria WC 7 0 3 3 18
2014 Austria OG 4 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 13 10 16 26 14
Senior totals 41 4 6 10 46

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Notes
College
All-Hockey East Second Team 2002–03
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2003 [9]
All-Hockey East First Team 2003–04
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2003–04
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2004 [9]
AHL
Second All-Star Team 2006 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pock Ready To Pitch In, Play His Way Back Up". courant.com. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ a b "2006 AHL All-Star Teams unveiled". American Hockey League. 2006-04-06. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Pöck gets Wolf Pack". oursportscentral.com. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Islanders claim Thomas Pöck". islanders.nhl.com. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  5. ^ "NHL defenseman Thomas Pöck signs with Lakers". (in German) lakers.ch. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Modo announces additions" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Avalanche signs six players". Colorado Avalanche. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Pock, Weinhandle committed to KAC" (in German). EC KAC. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  9. ^ a b "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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