Template:Infobox Ice Hockey Player Walter Michael Poddubny (February 14, 1960 – March 21, 2009) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and coach who played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1981–1982 until 1991–1992.

Poddubny was drafted 90th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He played 468 career NHL games, scoring 184 goals and 238 assists for 422 points.

He was acquired by the New York Rangers for Mike Allison on August 18, 1986 in a trade considered to be Phil Esposito's best during his three years as the team's general manager.[2] Poddubny was the leading scorer in each of his only two Rangers campaigns, with 87 points (40 goals, 47 assists) in 1986–1987 and 88 (38 goals, 50 assists) the following season.[3][4] He was the recipient of the New York Rangers Fan Club's Frank Boucher Trophy for the most popular player on and off the ice in both years and the team's Most Valuable Player Award from the Professional Hockey Writers Association in 1987.[5]

After his career in the NHL, Poddubny coached several hockey teams including six seasons as head coach of the Anchorage Aces.

He died at the age of 49, after collapsing at his sister's house in Thunder Bay.[6][7] The cause of death was heart attack.

Career statisticsEdit

Ice hockeyEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978–79Brandon Wheat KingsWHL2011112212
1979–80Kitchener RangersOMJHL19391235
1979–80Kingston CanadiansOMJHL4330174736
1980–81Milwaukee AdmiralsIHL54264
1980–81Wichita WindCHL702129502071116726
1981–82Wichita WindCHL6035468179
1981–82Edmonton OilersNHL40000
1981–82Toronto Maple LeafsNHL113478
1982–83Toronto Maple LeafsNHL722831597143140
1983–84Toronto Maple LeafsNHL3811142548
1984–85St. Catharines SaintsAHL8571210
1984–85Toronto Maple LeafsNHL325152026
1985–86St. Catharines SaintsAHL3728275552
1985–86Toronto Maple LeafsNHL331222342594154
1986–87New York RangersNHL754047874960008
1987–88New York RangersNHL7738508876
1988–89Quebec NordiquesNHL72383775107
1989–90Utica DevilsAHL21230
1989–90New Jersey DevilsNHL334101428
1990–91New Jersey DevilsNHL14461010
1991–92New Jersey DevilsNHL71236
1992–93Bad Nauheim EC2.GBun
1994–95Worcester IceCatsAHL34761362
NHL totals 468 184 238 422 454 19 7 2 9 12

Roller hockeyEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994Las Vegas FlashRHI1921264732
1995Orlando RollergatorsRHI107101712
RHI totals 29 28 36 64 44


Season Team League Type GP W L T OTL Pct Result
1994–95Orlando RollergatorsRHIHead Coach23716000.304
1995–96Daytona-Beach BreakersSHLHead Coach603320700.608Lost in round 1
1996–97Anchorage AcesWCHLHead Coach644118050.68Lost in Finals
1997–98Anchorage AcesWCHLHead Coach643620080.625Lost in round 2
1998–99Anchorage AcesWCHLHead Coach714622030.669Lost in round 2
1999–00Anchorage AcesWCHLHead Coach‡563021050.58
2000–01Anchorage AcesWCHLHead Coach722741040.403
2001–02Anchorage AcesWCHLHead Coach‡40926050.287Lost in round 1

‡ - Midseason Replacement



External linksEdit

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