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Ex-NHLer Poeschek faces assault charge

Aug 28, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Former NHL player Rudy Poeschek has been charged with dangerous driving, driving while prohibited, and assault due to an alleged incident that occurred in Kamloops, British Columbia on July 5, according to the Vancouver Province.

The details of the incident haven’t been released, but he is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9.

Poeschek was previously sentenced to 60 days in jail in 2005 after driving on lawns in Tampa while his five-year-old daughter was with him.

The 47-year-old played in 364 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, original Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, and St. Louis Blues. He finished with six goals, 31 points, and 817 penalty minutes.

  1. jkay1818 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Ah, rudy, he was a crazy one with the NY and a tough dude. what i remember most about him was how tough he was and had the highest and softest voice.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    “Poeschek was previously sentenced to 60 days in jail in 2005 after driving on lawns in Tampa while his five-year-old daughter was with him.”

    After that sentence, the Vancouver Province article continues with: “In the three years prior to that, he had been arrested eight times in Florida following a failed comeback attempt with the Lightning in 2002.”

    Dude’s got some unresolved anger issues, I’d say. Needs help. Big time help.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Given his NHL stats of 21 career points in over 200 games, with 418 penalty minutes, he was apparently a designated fighter. I can’t help but wonder if undiagnosed and untreated brain damage has been among the issues leading to his making some dangerous choices in the years since then.

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Including his WHL play (mostly Kamloops) and a total of 364 games and 31 total points, it’s 817 penalty minutes.

        It’s a causality dilemma. What came first? Anger that made him want to play hockey in order to fight? Or, too many hits to the head in those fights that are causing his anger / violent issues?

        Either way, it’s sad to see a life wasted this way. I don’t know the guy; but, I hope he gets some help.

  3. nyrnashty - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    that’s awesom

  4. nyrnashty - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    That’s awesome, keep up the good work Rudy! Awesome tough guy back in the day, driving on the lawn with his daughter in the car???? LOL! I bet he was going like 1mph on the lawn after some dope tried talking junk to him then got scared and called the cops and made a big deal about nothing.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Natural goal scorer….

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