February 10, 1962 |
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars
New Jersey Devils
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
|NHL Draft||53rd overall, 1980
Minnesota North Stars
Randy John Velischek (born February 10, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey Defenceman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League from 1982–83 until 1991–92 for the Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils, and Quebec Nordiques. Randy Velischek was drafted 53rd overall by the North Stars in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He played 509 career NHL games, scoring 21 goals and 97 points.
Velischek, who is of Slovenian descent, spent his Junior Hockey career with the Lac St-Louis Lions of the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association and the Verdun Éperviers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After his Junior Hockey career ended, Velischek played 4 years of College Ice Hockey for the Providence College Friars from 1979 to 1983, where he majored in Business and French and graduated with honors.
In addition to playing in the NHL, Velischek played professionally in the American Hockey League for the Springfield Indians, Maine Mariners, Halifax Citadels, and Cornwall Aces, the International Hockey League for the Milwaukee Admirals, the Central Hockey League for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, and the British Hockey League for the Durham Wasps.
Life after hockey
Beginning in 2007-08 school year, Velischek taught at the Pingry School as a German and French Teacher and coached Middle School Ice Hockey. On June 11, 2009, Velischeck was hired as the Boy's High School Ice Hockey coach at Morristown-Beard School.
Randy's son, Alex Velischek, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5th Round (123rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. Following in his father's footsteps, Alex played 4 years of College Ice Hockey for the Providence College Friars. After starting his Professional Ice Hockey career playing for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League, Alex signed with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL on September 10, 2014. On November 20, 2014, Velischek was traded by the Mavericks to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
Awards and honors
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- "Canadian People of Slovenian Descent". FamousFix.com. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- "The Pingry Review" (PDF). Pingry School. Winter 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- "Randy John Velischek". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- "Randy Velischek Named Morristown-Beard Ice Hockey Coach (High School Boys Ice Hockey News)". NJ.com. June 11, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- "Randy Velischek". Twin Oaks Ice Rink. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- Chere, Rich (June 27, 2009). "Pittsburgh Penguins Draft Kinnelon's Alex Velischek, Son of Former New Jersey Devils Defenseman Randy". NJ.com. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- "Mavericks Sign Kyle Fletcher and Alex Velischek". OurSportsCentral.com. September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- Genet, Mike (October 10, 2014). "A NEW ERA". The Examiner. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "ECHL Transactions - Oct. 9". ECHL. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Cyclones Complete Trade with Missouri". OurSportsCentral.com. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "1982-1983 AHCA TITAN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM". American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
|Awards and achievements|
|ECAC Hockey Player of the Year