Walt Poddubny

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Walt Poddubny
Born (1960-02-14)February 14, 1960
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Died March 21, 2009(2009-03-21) (aged 49)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Played for NHL
Edmonton Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Quebec Nordiques
New Jersey Devils
AHL
St. Catharines Saints
Utica Devils
Worcester IceCats
NHL Draft 90th overall, 1980
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1980–1995

Walter Michael Poddubny (February 14, 1960 – March 21, 2009) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and coach who played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1981–1982 until 1991–1992.

Poddubny was drafted 90th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He played 468 career NHL games, scoring 184 goals and 238 assists for 422 points.

He was acquired by the New York Rangers for Mike Allison on August 18, 1986, in a trade considered to be Phil Esposito's best during his three years as the team's general manager.[2] Poddubny was the leading scorer in each of his only two Rangers campaigns, with 87 points (40 goals, 47 assists) in 1986–1987 and 88 (38 goals, 50 assists) the following season.[3][4] He was the recipient of the New York Rangers Fan Club's Frank Boucher Trophy for the most popular player on and off the ice in both years and the team's Most Valuable Player Award from the Professional Hockey Writers Association in 1987.[5]

After his career in the NHL, Poddubny coached several hockey teams including six seasons as head coach of the Anchorage Aces.

He died at the age of 49, after collapsing at his sister's house in Thunder Bay.[6][7] The cause of death was heart attack.

Career statistics[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978–79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 20 11 11 22 12
1979–80 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 19 3 9 12 35
1979–80 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 43 30 17 47 36
1980–81 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 5 4 2 6 4
1980–81 Wichita Wind CHL 70 21 29 50 207 11 1 6 7 26
1981–82 Wichita Wind CHL 60 35 46 81 79
1981–82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 3 4 7 8
1982–83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 28 31 59 71 4 3 1 4 0
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 11 14 25 48
1984–85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 8 5 7 12 10
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 5 15 20 26
1985–86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 37 28 27 55 52
1985–86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 12 22 34 25 9 4 1 5 4
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 75 40 47 87 49 6 0 0 0 8
1987–88 New York Rangers NHL 77 38 50 88 76
1988–89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 38 37 75 107
1989–90 Utica Devils AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1989–90 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 4 10 14 28
1990–91 New Jersey Devils NHL 14 4 6 10 10
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 1 2 3 6
1992–93 EC Bad Nauheim 2.GBun 37 35 41 76 149
1994–95 Worcester IceCats AHL 34 7 6 13 62
NHL totals 468 184 238 422 454 19 7 2 9 12

Roller hockey[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Las Vegas Flash RHI 19 21 26 47 32
1995 Orlando Rollergators RHI 10 7 10 17 12
RHI totals 29 28 36 64 44

Coaching[edit]

     
Season Team League Type GP W L T OTL Pct Result
1994–95 Orlando Rollergators RHI Head Coach 23 7 16 0 0 0.304
1995–96 Daytona-Beach Breakers SHL Head Coach 60 33 20 7 0 0.608 Lost in round 1
1996–97 Anchorage Aces WCHL Head Coach 64 41 18 0 5 0.68 Lost in Finals
1997–98 Anchorage Aces WCHL Head Coach 64 36 20 0 8 0.625 Lost in round 2
1998–99 Anchorage Aces WCHL Head Coach 71 46 22 0 3 0.669 Lost in round 2
1999–00 Anchorage Aces WCHL Head Coach‡ 56 30 21 0 5 0.58
2000–01 Anchorage Aces WCHL Head Coach 72 27 41 0 4 0.403
2001–02 Anchorage Aces WCHL Head Coach‡ 40 9 26 0 5 0.287 Lost in round 1

‡ - Midseason Replacement

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1980 NHL Entry Draft — The Internet Hockey Database.
  2. ^ Kreiser, John & Friedman, Lou. The New York Rangers: Broadway's Longest-Running Hit. Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing, 1996.
  3. ^ 1986–87 New York Rangers (NHL) – The Internet Hockey Database.
  4. ^ 1987–88 New York Rangers (NHL) – The Internet Hockey Database.
  5. ^ New York Rangers 2000–2001 Media Guide.
  6. ^ "Former NHL player Walt Poddubny dies". The Associated Press. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Former NHLer Poddubny dies suddenly". Canadian Press. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 

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