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Joe Motzko
Born March 14, 1980 (1980-03-14) (age 30),

Bemidji, MN, USA

Height

Weight

6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)

Position Right Wing
Shoots Right

Joseph Andrew Motzko (born March 14, 1980 in Bemidji, Minnesota) is an American ice hockey forward currently with ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.


Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Motzko played for St. Cloud State University in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. After his senior year with St. Cloud, Motzko was signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on May 15, 2003. Joe was then sent to join affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

In the 2003–04 season, his first full professional season, Motzko appeared in his first NHL game with the Blue Jackets on February 2, 2004, against the Phoenix Coyotes.

In his fourth season with the Blue Jackets and having played mainly for the Syracuse Crunch, Motzko was traded by the Blue Jackets along with Mark Hartigan to the Anaheim Ducks for Curtis Glencross and Zenon Konopka on January 26, 2007.[1] Motzko was then assigned to the Portland Pirates before he was called up to the Ducks during the 2007 playoffs. Motzko appeared in 3 post-season games for the Stanley Cup winning Ducks.

On July 9, 2007, Joe was signed by the Washington Capitals.[2] He appeared in 8 games with the Capitals (in his Capitals debut, he had 3 points scoring 2 goals and one assist) before he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Alexandre Giroux on February 26, 2008.[3][4] Motzko was assigned to Thrasher's affiliate where he won the 2008 Calder Cup Championship with the Chicago Wolves.

Motzko made his Thrashers debut in the 2008–09 season on January 31, 2009, in a 2-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes[5]

On July 16, 2009, Motzko signed with Russian team HC MVD of the Kontinental Hockey League.

On September 16, 2009, Motzko signed with ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[6]

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • 1997-98 MSHSL Mr. Hockey Semifinalist (Bemidji High School)
  • 1999-00 WCHA Rookie of the Week (St. Cloud State)[7]
  • 2000-01 WCHA Broadmoor Trophy (St. Cloud State)[8]
  • 2006–07 NHL Stanley Cup (Anaheim Ducks)
  • 2007–08 AHL Calder Cup (Chicago Wolves)
  • 2010 Bemidji High School Athletic Hall of Fame [9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Omaha Lancers USHL 51 15 21 36 60 12 7 3 10 12
1999–00 St. Cloud State WCHA 36 9 15 24 52
2000–01 St. Cloud State WCHA 41 17 20 37 54
2001–02 St. Cloud State WCHA 39 9 30 39 34
2002–03 St. Cloud State WCHA 38 17 25 42 59
2002–03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 70 17 24 41 38 7 2 2 4 6
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Syracuse Crunch AHL 79 28 38 66 72
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 61 27 34 61 54 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 13 23 36 29
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7 1 0 1 0
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 34 15 14 29 20
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 48 21 27 48 44
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 8 2 2 4 0
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 24 6 16 22 16 16 2 9 11 12
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 73 29 27 56 82
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 1 0 1 0
2009-10 ERC Ingolstadt DEL 40 17 16 33 58
NHL totals 25 4 2 6 0 3 0 0 0 2

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