Penguins Sign Poapst

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they have signed defenseman Steve Poapst, who began his professional career in 1991-92 with Hampton Roads in the ECHL.

In his first professional season, the 6-0 and 199-pound Poapst scored 28 points (8g-20a) in 55 regular season games and five points (1g-4a) in 14 postseason games while helping Hampton Roads win the Riley Cup Championship. Poapst returned to Hampton Roads in 1992-93 scoring 35 points (10g-35a) in 63 regular season games and registering one assist in four postseason games. He also played in the American Hockey League in 1992-93 registering one assist in seven regular season games and three assists in seven playoff games with Baltimore.

In 2003-04 with Chicago, the 35-year-old Poapst had two goals and four points while leading all Blackhawk defensemen in average ice time (22:14). In 244 career NHL games with Chicago and Washington, Poapst has 31 points (8g-23a) and 126 penalty minutes. He signed as a free agent with Washington on February 4, 1995 and upon becoming a free agent again signed with the Blackhawks on July 27, 2000.