BROOKLYN, NY — Thomas Poeck, who went from his native Austria to four years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to a 14-year professional career – including 122 games in the NHL – has been named the head coach of the National Women’s Hockey League’s Boston Pride.
“It’s great to be back in the Boston area with my family, to have the privilege of coaching these talented woman, and to be part of an outstanding franchise like the Pride,” said Poeck. “I’ve had the chance to work with many excellent coaches over 14 years in the pros and believe I have a lot to offer these players. Together, we’re going to work hard to bring the Isobel Cup back to Boston.”
Poeck was known as Thomas Pock when he played parts of four seasons with the Rangers and one with the Islanders between 2004 and 2009. (“We never got the two dots over the O in my name right on my jersey at the beginning and it wasn’t a big deal, so I just lived with it,” Poeck laughed). He spent the last four seasons playing in his native Austria.
Poeck, his wife (whom he met at UMass Amherst) and three children are now residing in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
“My daughter is four, loves to skate and loves hockey,” said Poeck. “The NWHL gives young girls a reason to dream of being a pro someday. My goal after returning from Austria was to stay in hockey. This worked out perfectly. I’m going to give my best to the Pride and the league.”
(NOTE: The above press release is from the NWHL.)
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