New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather
announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Thomas Pock.
Pock, 23, spent a majority of the 2004-05 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering one goal and five assists for six points, along with 55 penalty minutes in 50 games. He scored his first AHL goal, a game-winning, power play tally, at Springfield on April 16. As a member of the Wolf Pack, Pock missed 26 games due to injury. He also skated in six playoff contests for Hartford, registering one assist and eight penalty minutes. Pock joined the Austrian National Team on February 7 in order to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and returned to the Wolf Pack on February 15. He also appeared in three games with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), collecting two assists and two penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 208-pounder has appeared in six career games with the Rangers, registering two goals and two assists for four points, along with 16 penalty minutes. He made his Rangers debut and tallied his first NHL goal on March 23 vs. Pittsburgh. By registering an assist on March 25 vs. Nashville, Pock became the first Rangers rookie to record points in his first two career NHL games since Ken Gernander in 1996.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Pock appeared in 130 career matches with the University of Massachusetts Minutemen (Hockey East), registering 44 goals and 58 assists for 102 points, along with 179 penalty minutes. His 102 career points are tied for sixth in school history, while his 44 goals are tied for ninth. As a senior, Pock was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and Hockey East All-Tournament, along with being tabbed as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. During his junior year, he was also selected as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and was voted as the Minutemen's most valuable player.
Before attending the University of Massachusetts, the Klagenfurt, Austria native played for the Klagenfurt Athletic Club of the Austrian Senior League. During the 1999-00 season, Pock scored five goals and 21 assists for 26 points and was named the league's Rookie of the Year. He was also a member of the Austrian National Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic.
Pock was originally signed by the Rangers as a free agent on March 23, 2004.