December 21, 1964 |
Kelvington, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)|
Adirondack Red Wings
San Antonio Dragons
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||88th overall, 1983
Detroit Red Wings
Joseph George "Joey" Kocur (born December 21, 1964) 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. Son Liam was born in 2000.
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, Donald 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 recommended him to head coach Scotty Bowman. Although he did not 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
Kocur lives in Michigan with his wife Kristen, son Liam, and daughter Kendall. He is president of the  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.
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 deceased Bruise Brother, Bob Probert, by wearing Probert's number 24 sweater.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1994 Stanley Cup Champion (NYR)
- 1997 Stanley Cup Champion (Detroit)
- 1998 Stanley Cup Champion (Detroit)
- 2002 Stanley Cup Champion (Detroit as video coach)