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Joe Kocur
Joekocur
Position Right wing
Shot Left
Nickname(s) Bruise Brother
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
223 lb (101 kg)
Teams WHL
Saskatoon Blades
AHL
Adirondack Red Wings
IHL
San Antonio Dragons
NHL
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 21 1964 (1964-12-21) (age 51),
Kelvington, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1983
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 1983 – 1999


Joseph "Joey" Kocur (born December 21, 1964 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. He is best known as one half of the "Bruise Brothers," the other being Bob Probert, when playing for the Detroit Red Wings.

Known for his physical play, Kocur is one of the most penalized players in NHL history amassing a career total of 2519 penalty minutes in stints with the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks. Kocur retired at the end of the 1998–1999 season. He served as a video coach to Scotty Bowman from the 2001 season until Bowman's retirement following the 2002 season. Under head coach Dave Lewis, Kocur served as an associate coach along with Barry Smith. He was not asked to return after the hiring of new coach Mike Babcock.

Kocur is best known for his devastating right-hand punch, compared by some players to a train. In fact, since he so frequently hit players with his right hand and often landed blows on their helmets or teeth, his right hand was often in quite poor condition.

Pound for pound he was one of the strongest fighters in the NHL. In an interview with Donald Brashear, Brashear described how Kocur had cracked his helmet with his punches, and though his helmet had absorbed most of the blow, he still felt serious pain in his gums, even on the other side of his face, leaving him unable to eat for a day or so. His punches often seriously injured players, such as Brad Dalgarno of the New York Islanders, whose orbital bone was fractured by Kocur.

Kocur had actually left the NHL following the 1996 season, and was playing in a beer league when the Red Wings brought him back during the 1996–97 season, after captain Steve Yzerman suggested him to head coach Scotty Bowman. Although he didn't fight as much as in his younger days, Kocur still brought an element of toughness to the Wings that had been lost with the departures of Probert and Stu Grimson. Kocur scored several goals over the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup finals series, helping the Wings to win the Stanley Cup both times.


Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Saskatoon Blades WHL 62 23 17 40 289 6 2 3 5 25
1983–84 Saskatoon Blades WHL 69 40 41 81 258
1983–84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 5 0 0 0 28
1984–85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 47 12 7 19 171
1984–85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 1 0 1 64 3 1 0 1 5
1985–86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 9 6 2 8 34
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 9 6 15 377
1986–87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 9 9 18 276 16 2 3 5 71
1987–88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 7 7 14 263 10 0 1 1 13
1988–89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 9 9 18 213 3 0 1 1 6
1989–90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 16 20 36 268
1990–91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 5 4 9 253
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 0 0 36 6 0 2 2 21
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 51 7 4 11 121 12 1 1 2 38
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 65 3 6 9 31
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 71 2 1 3 129 20 1 1 2 17
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 48 1 2 3 71 10 0 0 0 8
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 38 1 2 3 49
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 0 1 1 19 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 San Antonio Dragons IHL 5 1 1 2 24
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 2 1 3 70 19 1 3 4 22
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 6 5 11 92 18 4 0 4 30
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 2 5 7 87
NHL totals 821 80 82 162 2519 118 10 12 22 231

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