The Hartford Wolf Pack have assigned defenseman Thomas Pock to the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL effective today.
The 6-2, 205-pounder has played in 15 games with the Wolf Pack this season and has collected four assists and eight penalty minutes. He missed the club's first seven games due to injury and then suffered an ankle sprain on December 5. Pock has been sidelined for the past 19 games due to the injury.
The Klagenfurt, Austria native appeared in six matches with the Rangers in 2003-04, tallying two goals and two assists for four points, including a goal in his NHL debut on March 23 vs. Pittsburgh. He also registered an assist on March 25 vs. Nashville, becoming the first Rangers rookie to record points in his first two NHL matches since Pack teammate Ken Gernander in 1996.
Prior to joining the Rangers, he skated in 37 matches with the Massachusetts Minutemen of Hockey East (H.E.), tallying 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points, along with 48 penalty minutes, ranking first on the team in all major offensive categories. He was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. Pock finished his UMass career tied for sixth on the school's scoring list with 102 points (44 goals, 58 assists).
In international competition, Pock competed as a member of the Austrian National Team that played in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, while also representing Austria at the 2004 World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
Pock signed with the Rangers as a free agent on March 23, 2004.