December 2, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Thomas Dietmar Pöck (born December 2, 1981) is an Austrian professional defenceman currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the Graz 99ers, of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.
Pöck was a star forward turned defenceman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst of the Hockey East. Pöck was never drafted in the NHL, but signed his first pro contract upon completing his senior year on March 23, 2004 with the New York Rangers. He immediately made his NHL debut at the end of the 2003–04 season.
Pöck played eight games for the New York Rangers in the 2005–06 season, scoring one goal, getting one assist, and accumulating four penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season however with Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, accumulating an impressive 61 points in 65 games, to finish second in the league amongst defenseman and earn a selection to the AHL Second All-Star Team. During the following 2006–07 season, Pöck played in 44 games for the Rangers, scored four goals, collected four assists, and was assessed 16 penalty minutes. He also played in four first-round playoff games, amassing three assists.
After only playing in one game with the Rangers to start the 2007–08 season, Pöck was sent down passing waivers, to play with the AHL's Wolf Pack due to the Rangers having seven other healthy defencemen on the roster.
On September 29, 2008, Pöck was claimed on waivers by the Rangers' arch rivals, the New York Islanders. Pöck joined the Islanders for training camp and played a career high 59 games with the Islanders in the 2008–09 season.
On May 28, 2009, with lack of NHL interest, Pöck signed with Swiss team Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A (NLA) on a two-year contract. In his two seasons with the Lakers, despite missing the playoffs in each year, Pöck led the team amongst defenseman in points.
Upon his contract expiring with the Lakers, Pöck signed a one-year contract as a free agent, with Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien on April 28, 2011. In helping Modo return to playoffs in the 2011–12 season, Pöck was the clear offensive threat among the blueline, scoring 25 points in 55 games.
With the intention of returning for another opportunity in the NHL, Pöck signed a one-year two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 2, 2012. Due to the 2012 NHL lockout and the absence of NHL training camps, Pöck was directly re-assigned by the Avalanche to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. In adding a veteran puck-moving presence to the Monsters blueline during the 2012–13 season, Pöck led the defense with 11 goals and finished second with 33 points in 62 games.
Unable to add to his NHL experience, Pöck signed a two-year contract to return to his native Austria with original club, EC KAC, of the EBEL on April 10, 2013,. After three seasons in Klagenfurt, he was not tendered a new contract. On October 3, 2016, he belatedly signed a contract with the Graz 99ers to remain in the EBEL. In the 2016–17 season, Pöck continued his scoring contributions to the blueline, in adding 6 goals and 30 points in 46 games. However, after a short playoff-run his contract with the 99ers was not renewed resulting in his release as a free agent.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||University of Massachusetts Amherst||HE||33||6||6||12||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||University of Massachusetts Amherst||HE||23||5||7||12||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||University of Massachusetts Amherst||HE||37||17||20||37||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of Massachusetts Amherst||HE||37||16||25||41||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||New York Rangers||NHL||6||2||2||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||50||1||5||6||55||6||0||1||1||8|
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||67||15||46||61||99||6||0||3||3||15|
|2005–06||New York Rangers||NHL||8||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||44||4||4||8||16||4||0||3||3||4|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||4||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||74||7||37||44||63||5||0||0||0||8|
|2008–09||New York Islanders||NHL||59||1||2||3||35||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||62||11||22||33||61||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|All-Hockey East Second Team||2002–03|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2003|||
|All-Hockey East First Team||2003–04|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2003–04|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2004|||
|Second All-Star Team||2006|||
- "Pock Ready To Pitch In, Play His Way Back Up". courant.com. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "2006 AHL All-Star Teams unveiled". American Hockey League. 2006-04-06. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "Pöck gets Wolf Pack". oursportscentral.com. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Islanders claim Thomas Pöck". islanders.nhl.com. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "NHL defenseman Thomas Pöck signs with Lakers". (in German) lakers.ch. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "Modo announces additions" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "Avalanche signs six players". Colorado Avalanche. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- "Pock, Weinhandle committed to KAC" (in German). EC KAC. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
- "Squad decision for 2017-18" (in German). Graz 99ers. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.