UMass Hockey's Pöck Selected To Austrian Olympic Team
Jan. 7, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey alum Thomas Pöck has been selected to the Austrian Olympic Team that will compete at the 2014 Winter Games, Feb. 7-23, in Sochi, Russia, it was announced on Tuesday. The defenseman is the second former Minuteman to be tabbed an Olympian for the 2014 Winter Games, joining goaltender Jonathan Quick who was named to the U.S. Olympic Team last week.
Pöck, a 2004 UMass graduate, played for Austria in the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City), the last time Austria had qualified for the Olympics prior to 2014.
In addition to Pöck and Quick, who are both making their second Olympic appearances in 2014, UMass hockey's Justin McCarthy and John Lyons played for the United States in the 1924 Chamonix, France Winter Olympics (the first Winter Olympic games).
Pöck, who is in his 11th season of professional hockey, is currently playing in his native Austria for Klagenfurt AC and has 15 points on six goals and nine assists over 39 games. He is one of 10 former Minutemen to have played in the NHL and saw action in 118 games combined with the New York Rangers and New York Islanders from 2004-05, logging eight goals and nine assists.
The Klagenfurt, Austria, native came to UMass as a highly-regarded forward and left as the most decorated defenseman in school history. Pöck, UMass' first-ever Hobey Baker finalist, had one of the finest seasons for a defenseman in Hockey East history as a senior in 2003-04, totaling 41 points (16 g, 25 a) and becoming the seventh player in school history to reach 100 career points. He was named insidecollegehockey.com's National Defenseman of the Year and earned spots on the USCHO.com and JOFA All-America first-team lists in 2003-04, as well. Over 130 career games with the Minutemen, Pöck registered 102 points (44g, 58a), including 17 power-play tallies and six game winners.