Randy Velischek

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Randy Velischek
Born (1962-02-10) February 10, 1962 (age 55)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Minnesota North Stars
New Jersey Devils
Quebec Nordiques
Springfield Indians
Maine Mariners
Halifax Citadels
Cornwall Aces
Milwaukee Admirals
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Durham Wasps
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 1980
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1983–1995

Randy John Velischek (born February 10, 1962) is a Canadian retired 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.[1] Randy Velischek was drafted 53rd overall by the North Stars in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He played 509 career NHL games, scoring 21 goals and 97 points.[1]

Velischek was born in Montreal, Quebec. He 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.[1] 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.[1][2]

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.[1][3]

Life after hockey[edit]

From 1995 to 2006, Velischek served as a broadcaster for the New Jersey Devils on ABC Radio and WFAN-AM.[2]

Beginning in 2007-08 school year, Velischek taught at the Pingry School as a German and French Teacher and coached Middle School Ice Hockey.[2] On June 11, 2009, Velischeck was hired as the Boy's High School Ice Hockey coach at Morristown-Beard School.[4]

Along with coaching at Morristown-Beard School, Velischek is also currently the Hockey Director at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown, New Jersey and runs RJV Hockey School.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Randy's son, Alex Velischek, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.[6][7] Following in his father's footsteps, Alex played 4 years of College Ice Hockey for the Providence College Friars.[7] 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.[7][8][9] On November 20, 2014, Velischek was traded by the Mavericks to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.[10]

Velischek resides near Morristown, New Jersey.[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey All-Star Team of The 1980s Second Team 1979-83[1]
All-ECAC 1981–82[1]
ECAC Second All-Star Team 1981–82[1]
NCAA (All-East) Senior All-Stars 1982–83[1]
All-ECAC 1982–83[1]
ECAC First All-Star Team 1982–83[1]
ECAC Player of The Year 1982–83[1]
NCAA (New England)-All New England 1982–83[1]
AHCA East All-American 1982–83[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Randy Velischek". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Pingry Review" (PDF). Pingry School. Winter 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Randy John Velischek". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Randy Velischek Named Morristown-Beard Ice Hockey Coach (High School Boys Ice Hockey News)". NJ.com. June 11, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Randy Velischek". Twin Oaks Ice Rink. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ a b c "Mavericks Sign Kyle Fletcher and Alex Velischek". OurSportsCentral.com. September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Genet, Mike (October 10, 2014). "A NEW ERA". The Examiner. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "ECHL Transactions - Oct. 9". ECHL. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cyclones Complete Trade with Missouri". OurSportsCentral.com. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "1982-1983 AHCA TITAN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM". American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steve Cruickshank
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Cleon Daskalakis