08/27/2014 01:07 EDT | Updated 10/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Rudy Poeschek, Former NHL Enforcer, Charged With Assault, Drunk Driving

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A former NHL tough guy is facing assault and driving charges after an alleged incident in Kamloops, B.C.

Rudy Poeschek has been charged with one count each of assault, driving while prohibited and dangerous driving related to a July 5 matter, though no details have been released.

The charges were sworn last week and Poeschek, 47, has yet to appear in court.

He played 364 games over a dozen seasons with teams including the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Poeschek, nicknamed Pot Pie, tallied six goals and 25 assists while racking up 817 penalty minutes.

Prior to his professional career, Poeschek, a native of Terrace, B.C., played for the Kamloops Junior Oilers and Blazers between 1983 and 1987. His professional career ended in 2001.

In 2005, A Florida judge sentenced Poeschek to 60 days behind bars for driving across lawns in his Tampa neighbourhood with his five-year-old daughter in the car.

In the three years prior to that, he had been arrested eight times in Florida following a failed comeback attempt with the Lightning in 2002.

Poeschek's first court appearance is slated for Oct. 9. (Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press)


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