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Walt Poddubny
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Born February 14, 1960(1960-02-14)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Died March 21, 2009(2009-03-21) (aged 49)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for NHL
Edmonton Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Quebec Nordiques
New Jersey Devils
AHL
St. Catharines Saints
Utica Devils
Worcester IceCats
NHL Draft 90th overall, 1980
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1980–1995

Walt Poddubny (born Walter Michael Poddubny on February 14, 1960) 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.

Playing CareerEdit

Walt played his junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Kitchener Rangers and the Kingston Canadiens from 1978 to 1980.

He was drafted 90th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft where he played for only 4 games before spending the next two seasons playing in the minors for the Wichita Wind in the CHL.

On March 9, 1982, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Phil Drouillard in exchange for Laurie Boschman where he got 59 points in 72 games in his first full season with the team.

Once Walt was established as a NHL players, criticisms began to surface that he was a floater who was guilty on inconsistent play. Due to sustaining various injuries, he was sent to play for St. Catharines in the AHL.

On August 18, 1986, he was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Mike Allison. While with the Rangers, Walt scored a career-high of 40 goals and 47 assists in 75 games.

He was also 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 (MVP) Award from the Professional Hockey Writers Association in 1987.

On August 1, 1988, Walt was traded to the Quebec Nordiques along with Jari Gronstrand, Bruce Bell and New York's 4th-round choice in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Jason Lafreniere and Normand Rochefort.

While in Quebec, he continued to put up impressive numbers, but on June 17, 1989, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils along with Quebec's 4th-round choice in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Joe Cirella, Claude Loiselle and New Jersey's 8th-round choice in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Walt played in New Jersey for 21 games until he retired from the NHL in 1991. Two years later, he attempted a comeback with the Worchester Ice Cats where he played with them for 34 games before retiring for good in 1995.

During his career, Walt played 468 career NHL games, scoring 184 goals and 238 assists for 422 points.

Coaching CareerEdit

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

DeathEdit

On March 21, 2009, Walt died from a heart attack after collapsing at his sister's home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada at the age of 49.

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
1992–93EC Bad Nauheim2.GBun37354176149
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

CoachingEdit

     
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

Roller Hockey CareerEdit

Walt played roller hockey for the Las Vegas Flash and the Orlando Rollergators in 1994 and 1995 respectively.