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Ex-NHL enforcer Rudy Poeschek charged with assault

St. Louis Blues defenceman Rudy Poeschek (L) swings at Colorado Avalanche right wing Jeff Odgers...

St. Louis Blues defenceman Rudy Poeschek (L) swings at Colorado Avalanche right wing Jeff Odgers during a fight in the first period in Denver in this 1999 file photo. (REUTERS)

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Former NHL enforcer Rudy Poeschek is facing assault and driving charges following an alleged incident in Kamloops, B.C. last month.

Poeschek, who played 364 games and racked up 817 penalty minutes over 12 seasons with the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues, is facing assault, driving while prohibited and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charges, according to Kamloops This Week.

The 47-year-old native of Terrace, B.C. is alleged to have been involved in an incident on July 5. No details of the incident have been made public.

He will make his first court appearance in Kamloops on Oct. 9.

Following his hockey career, Poeschek has had a few run-ins with the law.

Poeschek has been arrested eight times in Florida and was also sentenced to 60 days in jail in Tampa, Fla., in 2005 for driving across his neighbour's lawns with his five-year-old daughter in the car.


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