|Randy John Velischek
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 2.10.62 Montreal, Quebec
|How he arrived: Claimed from the Minnesota North Stars in the waiver draft, 10.7.85
How he left: Traded to the Quebec Nordiques as the future considerations part of the trade that sent
Craig Wolanin to the Nordiques for Peter Stastny on 3.6.90, 8.13.90
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Velischek had already played under Lou Lamoriello while at Providence, being named a finalist for the Hobey Baker
Award in 1983. He opted for college rather than play in juniors because he wanted to focus on his education. (From
what I read, he was a 4.0 student in high school AND in college and speaks 4 languages.)
The 83 season with the Friars was actually his best offensive season in his hockey life. He was largely used as a rugged
defensive specialist and penalty killer. His accountability increased when he was paired up with Joe Cirella later in his
He would only play a season and a half with the Nordiques, the last games he would play in the NHL. He would play
with the Halifax/Cornwall team in the AHL, then with the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals, to round out his career in North
America in 1995.
He would play 3 games in England when he got an offer to be the Devils' radio color commentator. He accepted, and
had his contract with the Durham Wasps bought out. He did that job until 2004.
He also was named co-director of the Devils' Alumni Association in 2002, and was a part of that until 2004, as well.
He started to partake in instructing hockey, running practices for the Fair Lawn High School team in Montclair. He
eventually opened his own school, the RJV Hockey School, operating out of Twin Oaks.
When he's not teaching hockey, he's teaching German and French at the Pingry School, doing so since 2007. He
was also hired to coach the varsity team at the Morristown-Beard School in 2009.
His son Alex is also playing, having been drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round in 2009. To date, his
highest level of play has been in the ECHL.
|Entry Draft: 1980 Third Round Pick (53rd overall) by the
Minnesota North Stars
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise