|Walter Michael Poddubny
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 210 pounds
Born: 2.14.60 Thunder Bay, Ontario
Died: 3.21.09 Thunder Bay, Ontario
|How he arrived: Traded by the Quebec Nordiques with Nordiques' 4th round pick in the 1990 E.D.
for Joe Cirella, Claude Loiselle and Devils' 8th round pick in the 1990 E.D., 6.17.89
How he left: Signed with EC Bad Nauheim (Germany) after the 91-92 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Poddubny was an excellent scorer with some good size, a good reason for the Devils to pick him up.
However, one of his biggest problems during his career was what limited him to 54 games in 3 seasons.
He had had injury troubles while he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, notably a broken ankle. He did miss
time early in his stint with the New York Rangers with a hip injury, as well as time while with the Quebec Nordiques
with a sprained left knee. The knees was what did him in with the Devils; he tore an ACL in his right knee that
required surgery. His recovery extended into the following season, and it just didn't heal right, or at least enough for
him to play a good amount of games.
He tried 2 seasons in Europe after he healed and put up 2 great seasons over there. He tried a comeback in North
America with the Worcester Ice Cats in the AHL.
In that time, he also took a stab at roller hockey, playing 2 seasons in the long defunct RHI.
After retiring from playing, he became a coach, particularly having good success with the Anchorage Aces of the
ECHL for 6 seasons.
He returned to Thunder Bay after leaving the Aces to be with his kids. He also coached locally.
The cause of death at the time of this writing was unknown. All that was known is that he collapsed at his sister's, whom
he had been living with, in the late part of the morning. It was later determined to be a heart attack.
|Entry Draft: 1980 Fifth Round Pick (90th overall) by the