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PENGUINS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN STEVE POAPST

Monday, 08.15.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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PENGUINS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN STEVE POAPST

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent defenseman Steve Poapst, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.  In accordance with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Poapst, 36, has played in 245 NHL games with the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, recording 31 points (8+23) and 126 penalty minutes.

Poapst established career-highs in goals (2), assists (11) and points (13) in 75 games during the 2002-03 season with the Blackhawks and also posted a career-high plus-14 rating.

In 2003-04 with Chicago, Poapst recorded four points (2+2) and 26 penalty minutes in 53 games.

“Steve is a strong defenseman that will be able to match-up against other teams’ top forwards on a nightly basis,” Patrick said.  “Steve is also an excellent penalty killer and will be a welcome addition to our blueline.”

The 6-0 and 199-pound native of Cornwall, Ontario first appeared in the NHL with Washington in 1995-96 after signing with the Capitals as a free agent on February 4, 1995.  He appeared in 25 career games with Washington, scoring one goal and adding eight penalty minutes.

Poapst signed as a free agent with Chicago on July 27, 2000.  In four seasons with the Blackhawks, Poapst recorded 30 points (7+23) and 118 penalty minutes in 220 games.



STEVE POAPST’S CAREER NUMBERS 

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1987-88

Colgate

ECAC

32

3

13

16

22

1988-89

Colgate

ECAC

30

0

5

5

38

1989-90

Colgate

ECAC

38

4

15

19

54

1990-91

Colgate

ECAC

32

6

15

21

43

1991-92

Hampton Roads

ECHL

55

8

20

28

29

1992-93

Hampton Roads

ECHL

63

10

35

45

57

 

Baltimore

AHL

7

0

1

1

4

1993-94

Portland

AHL

78

14

21

35

47

1994-95

Portland

AHL

71

8

22

30

60

1995-96

Washington

NHL

3

1

0

1

0

 

Portland

AHL

70

10

24

34

79

1996-97

Portland

AHL

47

1

20

21

34

1997-98

Portland

AHL

76

8

29

37

46

1998-99

Washington

NHL

22

0

0

0

8

 

Portland

AHL

54

3

21

24

36

1999-00

Portland

AHL

58

0

14

14

20

2000-01

Chicago

NHL

36

2

3

5

12

 

Norfolk

AHL

37

1

8

9

14

2001-02

Chicago

NHL

56

1

7

8

30

2002-03

Chicago

NHL

75

2

11

13

50

2003-04

Chicago

NHL

53

2

2

4

26

2004-05

Did not play

 

NHL TOTALS

NHL

245

8

23

31

126

 

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