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Steve Ray Poapst (born January 3, 1969 in Cornwall, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who completed his playing career with the St. Louis Blues of the NHL after four seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and one with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is now coach and General manager of the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League.

He played for Colgate University from 1987 to 1991. Undrafted by an NHL team, he turned pro with the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1991-92. After several years in the minor pro, Poapst was signed by the Washington Capitals.

Poapst spent most of his time with the Portland Pirates, playing only 25 games for the Capitals over two seasons. In 2000 he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. He finally made it as a regular with the Hawks in 2001-02.

He played for the Hawks until 2005 when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and then to the St. Louis Blues during the 2005-06 season. He retired in 2006.

In 2007 he was named coach and General manager of the Chicago Steel.

In August, 2010, he became an assistant coach of the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.


Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Ice hockey[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Colgate University ECAC 32 3 13 16 22
1988–89 Colgate University ECAC 30 0 5 5 38
1989–90 Colgate University ECAC 38 4 15 19 54
1990–91 Colgate University ECAC 32 6 15 21 43
1991–92 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 55 8 20 28 29 14 1 4 5 12
1992–93 Hampton-Roads Admirals ECHL 63 10 35 45 57 4 0 1 1 4
1992–93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 7 0 1 1 4 7 0 3 3 6
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 78 14 21 35 47 12 0 3 3 8
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 71 8 22 30 60 7 0 1 1 16
1995–96 Portland Pirates AHL 70 10 24 34 79 20 2 6 8 16
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 3 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Portland Pirates AHL 47 1 20 21 34 5 0 1 1 6
1997–98 Portland Pirates AHL 76 8 29 37 46 10 2 3 5 8
1998–99 Portland Pirates AHL 54 3 21 24 36 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 0 0 8 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Portland Pirates AHL 58 0 14 14 20 3 1 0 1 2
2000–01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 37 1 8 9 14 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 36 2 3 5 12 -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 56 1 7 8 30 5 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 2 11 13 50 -- -- -- -- --
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 53 2 2 4 26 -- -- -- -- --
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 0 4 4 10 -- -- -- -- --
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 0 1 1 37 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 307 8 28 36 173 11 0 0 0 0
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