Steve Poapst

Steve Poapst's career numbers with the Pirates are a testament to his durability and consistently strong play: 454 games played, 44 goals, 151 assists and 195 points. Poapst is at or near the top in almost every Pirates' defenseman career statistic. He is first all-time in assists (151). He is second all-time in games played and points (195). He ranks second in goals (44), powerplay goals (17) and is tied for second in game-winning goals by a defenseman (6). His assist total ranks fourth all-time among all Pirates; his point total ranks fifth. Poapst was a member of the Pirates' Calder Cup Championship team in 1994. He was chosen to represent the Pirates the next season in the 1995 AHL All-Star Game. He was twice voted the "Unsung Hero" Award winner by the fans (1994-94 and 1997-98).

A true measure of his stalwart defensive play came in 1994-95 when he tied for second in the AHL for best plus/minus ratio with +41. His best offensive season with the Pirates came in 1997-98 when he earned eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points.
Poapst was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks prior to the 2000-01 season and is currently a member of the Blackhawks. He played his first National Hockey League game during the 1995-96 season when he played three games with the Washington Capitals. During that short stint, he recorded his first NHL goal. Prior to the 2001-02 season, Poapst had played in 66 NHL games, scoring three goals and three assists and earning 20 penalty minutes.

Poapst is currently the assistant coach of the Iowa Wild.


Pirates vs IceCaps
Sat. Apr. 19th
@ 7:00 PM