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Joe Kocur
Joe Kocur
Right Wing
(KOH suhr)
Number: 26
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 222
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 21, 1964
Birthplace: Calgary, AB, Canada
Hometown: Kelvington, Saskatchewan
Drafted: DET / 1983 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (88th overall)
Joey Kocur was a hard-nosed right-winger who was a good checker and intimidating presence on the ice. He was also better at handling the puck than most people realized and had a deceptively hard shot.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Kocur played two years with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL where he scored 63 goals and played a robust physical game. He was chosen 91st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1983 then spent some valuable time with Adirondack of the AHL. He played 17 games in 1984-85 then became a regular the next year.

Kocur emerged as a solid defensive player in 1986-87. In the Norris Division Final he shut down cousin Wendel Clark in a deft move by coach Jacques Demers. Kocur helped the Wings dominate the Norris Division in 1987-88 and 1988-89 and scored a personal best 16 goals in 1989-90.

The veteran winger was traded to the New York Rangers in March 1991 and was a solid role player on the club when it finished first in the NHL's overall standings in 1991-92. He also played 20 games in 1994 when team won its first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Kocur was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in March 1996 for goalie Kay Whitmore.

Kocur played briefly with the IHL's San Antonio Dragons before his life took an unexpected turn. Assuming his career was over, he was playing in an Industrial League in 1996-97 when Red Wings signed him to provide experience and grit. He was rejuvenated and comfortable with his limited role while helping the team win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998. Kocur played 39 games in 1998-99 and eclipsed 800 games played before retiring.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame



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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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