Poul Popiel

Poul Peter Popiel (born February 28, 1943) is a Danish-American former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA), and also served as a head coach in the minor leagues. He played a brief 12 games in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Muskegon Mohawks, then halfway through the year, he retired and became the head coach. He was the first player along with Garry Peters to win the Ken McKenzie Trophy in 1963-1964. His younger brother Jan Popiel is also a former professional hockey player.

Poul Popiel
Born (1943-02-28) February 28, 1943
Søllested, Denmark
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Buffalo Bisons
Hershey Bears
Springfield Kings
Cleveland Barons
Rochester Americans
Edmonton Oilers
Vancouver Canucks
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Boston Bruins
Houston Aeros
Playing career 19621980

Popiel was the first Danish-born player in the National Hockey League.[1] Popiel's family moved to Canada in 1951 when he was a child, and subsequently moved to the United States and he acquired American citizenship.[2]


Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61St. Catharines TeepeesOHA-Jr.3829117430112
1961–62St. Catharines TeepeesOHA-Jr.4931619128600011
1962–63St. Catharines Black HawksOHA-Jr.50113445131
1962–63Buffalo BisonsAHL20112
1963–64St. Louis BravesCPHL549142378601117
1963–64Buffalo BisonsAHL40004
1964–65Buffalo BisonsAHL487121976901129
1965–66Hershey BearsAHL636263210130002
1965–66Boston BruinsNHL30112
1966–67Hershey BearsAHL6352732134510110
1967–68Springfield KingsAHL728273518040004
1967–68Los Angeles KingsNHL1000031014
1968–69Springfield KingsAHL130101019
1968–69Detroit Red WingsNHL622131582
1969–70Cleveland BaronsAHL223151814
1969–70Detroit Red WingsNHL320443110000
1970–71Vancouver CanucksNHL7810223261
1971–72Rochester AmericansAHL12741110
1971–72Vancouver CanucksNHL3811236
1972–73Houston AerosWHA7316486415810291123
1973–74Houston AerosWHA7874148126141141522
1974–75Houston AerosWHA78115364123131101134
1975–76Houston AerosWHA78103646711735816
1976–77Houston AerosWHA80125668871107710
1977–78Houston AerosWHA806313753602213
1978–79Innsbrucker EVAUT346283499
1979–80Edmonton OilersNHL100000
1979–80Houston ApollosCHL572272928601110
1981–82Muskegon MohawksIHL1204410
AHL totals 299 36 122 158 540 21 1 1 2 45
NHL totals 224 13 41 54 212 4 1 0 1 4
WHA totals 467 62 265 327 618 71 7 47 54 118

Coaching statistics

Season Team League GP W L W%
1981–82 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 55 24 30 0.445


  1. Duff, Bob (11 November 2016). "Detroit's Nielsen holds place in Danish NHL history". Windsor Star. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. Sapurji, Sunaya (28 November 2017). "Grassroots to Gold: Denmark's tight-knit hockey family is..." The Athletic. Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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