Walt Poddubny
Position Left Wing
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams Edmonton Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Quebec Nordiques
New Jersey Devils
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 14, 1960(1960-02-14),
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Died March 21 2009 (aged 49),
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 90th overall, 1980
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1980 – 1995

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 a 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 FlashRoller Hockey International1921264732
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


  1. 1980 NHL Entry Draft — The Internet Hockey Database.
  2. Kreiser, John & Friedman, Lou. The New York Rangers: Broadway's Longest-Running Hit. Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing, 1996.
  3. 1986–87 New York Rangers (NHL) – The Internet Hockey Database.
  4. 1987–88 New York Rangers (NHL) – The Internet Hockey Database.
  5. New York Rangers 2000–2001 Media Guide.
  6. Former NHL player Walt Poddubny dies. The Associated Press (2009-03-21). Retrieved on 2009-03-21.
  7. Former NHLer Poddubny dies suddenly. Canadian Press (2009-03-21). Retrieved on 2009-03-21.
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