2017 IHHF Bio Series: Steve Poapst

Steve Poapst
Players’ Category ~ Class of 2017


Steve was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario where he played his youth hockey until the age of 16 at which time he left to play Juniors for the Smith Falls Bears. After playing 2 years in Smiths Falls for the Bears, Steve played 4 years at Colgate University and was a member of the 1990 team that won the ECAC Championship and were NCAA Finalists. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1991.

After graduating from Colgate, Steve went on to play at the professional ranks in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL. During his career, Steve was a member of two Championship teams, the 1992 Hampton Roads Admirals – ECHL and the 1994 Portland Pirates – AHL.  In a career that spanned 15 years, Steve played in over 1000 games which included 307 games in the NHL as a defenseman with Washington, Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

Since retiring as a player in 2006, Steve has been involved in coaching at various levels. From 2006 to 2010, Steve was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Chicago Steel of the USHL and was named the Coach of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

Following his time with the Steel, Steve moved up to the AHL as an Assistant Coach, primarily overseeing the development of young defenseman. He spent 3 years with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate, and 2 years with the Iowa Wild, the Minnesota Wild’s affiliate, before returning back to the Chicago area.

Currently, Steve is with the Chicago Hawks as the Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development.

Steve currently resides in Villa Park, IL with his wife Kelly, son Braden and daughter Mara.


The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.net.



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