Poeck during his time on the Lake Erie Monsters
Bobby Jay leaves team to focus on his business, saying, “It was a tremendous privilege and honor to coach in the NWHL and lead the Boston Pride”
BROOKLYN, NY, May 19, 2017 – Thomas Poeck, who went from his native Austria to four years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to a 14-year professional career – including 122 games in the NHL – has been named the head coach of the NWHL’s Boston Pride.
“It’s great to be back in the Boston area with my family, to have the privilege of coaching these talented woman, and to be part of an outstanding franchise like the Pride,” said Poeck. “I’ve had the chance to work with many excellent coaches over 14 years in the pros and believe I have a lot to offer these players. Together, we’re going to work hard to bring the Isobel Cup back to Boston.”
Poeck was known as Thomas Pock when he played parts of four seasons with the Rangers and one with the Islanders between 2004 and 2009. (“We never got the two dots over the O in my name right on my jersey at the beginning and it wasn’t a big deal, so I just lived with it,” Poeck laughed). He spent the last four seasons playing in his native Austria.
Poeck, his wife (whom he met at UMass Amherst) and three children are now residing in Wilmington, Mass.
“My daughter is four, loves to skate and loves hockey,” said Poeck. “The NWHL gives young girls a reason to dream of being a pro someday. My goal after returning from Austria was to stay in hockey. This worked out perfectly. I’m going to give my best to the Pride and the league.”
Poeck succeeds Bobby Jay, who led the Pride to the Isobel Cup in 2016, the Final in 2017 and a combined regular season record of 30-4-1. Jay released the following statement:
“It was a tremendous honor and privilege to coach in the NWHL and to lead the Boston Pride! I have a tremendous amount of respect for the ladies I coached and they always gave me and the franchise everything that was asked and more. Unfortunately, my full-time job has required more of me. And on a personal level, raising two young girls, it became more difficult to commit to the time and energy the Pride need and deserve.
“I will definitely miss coaching the Pride, but I believe in the National Women’s Hockey League and its players. I will be an excited fan as the NWHL continues to grow! Lastly, I want to thank the fans in Boston for all the support they gave our team and the league.”
NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan said the following about Jay’s departure: “Over two years, Bobby Jay made an everlasting impact on the Boston Pride and the NWHL. His passion for the game is contagious and he is one of the best people you could ever hope to work with. We wish Bobby and his family the best.”