September 29, 1966|
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Louis Blues
238th overall, 1985|
New York Rangers
Rudolph Leopold "Pot Pie" Poeschek (born September 29, 1966) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, and St. Louis Blues. He played defence and shot right-handed.
Poeschek was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 12th round, 238th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL for three years and there he established himself as a tough enforcer willing to drop his gloves with anybody. During the 1987–1988 season Poeschek finally played his first game with the Rangers. The following season he played in 52 games with the Rangers and registered a career high 199 penalty minutes.
Prior to the 1993–1994 season the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up Poeschek and it was here that he developed his reputation as an enforcer to be reckoned with, dropping his gloves with the likes of Bob Probert and Craig Berube. Poeschek played 4 seasons with the Lightning before being picked up by the St. Louis Blues. He played a full year there along with parts of two other seasons and one more with the Houston Aeros of the IHL before retiring after 2000–2001 season.
In August 2014, Poeschek was charged with assault, driving while prohibited and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after an alleged incident that took place in Kamloops, BC in July 2014. He was sentenced to 45 days in prison, had to pay a $1500 fine, and is subject to a six-month conditional sentence order that includes a ban on both driving and drinking.
Regular season and playoffs
|1983–84||Kamloops Junior Oilers||WHL||47||3||9||12||93||8||0||2||2||7|
|1987–88||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||52||0||2||2||199||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||New York Rangers||NHL||15||0||0||0||55||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||78||7||24||31||189||9||0||4||4||13|
|1993–94||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||71||3||6||9||118||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||25||1||1||2||92||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||57||1||3||4||88||3||0||0||0||12|
|1996–97||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||60||0||6||6||120||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||St. Louis Blues||NHL||50||1||7||8||64||2||0||0||0||6|
|1998–99||St. Louis Blues||NHL||16||0||0||0||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||St. Louis Blues||NHL||12||0||0||0||24||—||—||—||—||—|