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Joe Hulbig a.k.a. "Joseph Allan Hulbig"

Player Facts
  • Position
    LW
  • Height
    6'3" / 191 cm
  • Weight
    214 lbs / 97 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Status
    Retired

Hulbig had risen up Central Scouting’s rankings as the 1991-92 season played out; in January he was ranked as the 22nd-best North American skater and by May he was 10th on the list. Even so, there were warning signs. Hulbig played just 17 games of high school hockey in his draft year – a shoulder injury knocked him out of the lineup – and that represented two problems. The first was that Hulbig didn’t play very much, reducing the number of times scouts could see him. The second was that Hulbig was playing at a terrible level, making judgement difficult. He was slated for college hockey, joining Providence following the draft.

Almost immediately, the Oilers must have known there was a problem. In his first year at Providence, Hulbig scored just three times and finished with 16 points in 26 games. Hulbig did pick up the pace eventually, scoring at the point-per-game level over his final two seasons. He’d earn a few NHL cups of coffee over the ensuing years thanks to strong play in the minors. The problem, though, was that he was essentially finished developing offensively at the age of 23.

On November 9, 2000 he suffered a career-threatening head injury. During his recovery, it was also determined that nagging abdominal injuries required significant surgery. He eventually came back, but never returned to NHL, finishing his career in the minors being only 31 years old.

My days of blooming into a 30- or 40-goal scorer, I don’t think are coming , Joe Hulbig 2002
If I’m going to make it, I’m going to have to be a third or fourth liner in the NHL and be counted on not to make a mistake, Joe Hulbig 2002
Scouts say he is a future blend of Kevin Stevens and Cam Neely, Kevin Paul Dupont 1992
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1988-89 South Shore Kings MBAHL - - - - - |
1989-90 St. Sebastian's School USHS-Prep 30 13 12 25 - |
1990-91 St. Sebastian's School USHS-Prep 30 23 19 42 - |
1991-92 St. Sebastian's School USHS-Prep 17 19 24 43 30 |
1992-93 Providence College NCAA 26 3 13 16 22 |
1993-94 Providence College NCAA 28 6 4 10 36 |
1994-95 Providence College NCAA 37 14 21 35 36 |
1995-96 Providence College “C” NCAA 31 14 22 36 56 |
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 0 0 0 0 -1 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1 2 2
Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 73 18 28 46 59 -7 | Playoffs 16 6 10 16 6 7
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 2 2 4 2 -1 |
Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 46 15 16 31 52 18 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1 2 -1
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 1 |
Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 76 22 24 46 68 -3 | Playoffs 11 4 2 6 18 -4
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 24 2 2 4 8 -8 |
Providence Bruins AHL 15 4 5 9 17 3 |
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 0 0 4 -3 |
Providence Bruins AHL 36 4 11 15 19 -6 | Playoffs 15 2 2 4 20 -1
2001-02 Providence Bruins AHL 54 8 10 18 41 -11 |
Worcester IceCats AHL 7 0 3 3 2 2 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 7 0
2002-03 Albany River Rats AHL 35 11 9 20 20 -15 |
2003-04 Albany River Rats AHL 64 21 24 45 60 -20 |
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 406 103 130 233 0.57 338 -39 | 48 13 15 28 0.58 53 1
MBAHL 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 |
NCAA 122 37 60 97 0.80 150 0 |
NHL 55 4 4 8 0.15 16 -12 | 6 0 1 1 0.17 2 2
USHS-Prep 77 55 55 110 1.43 30 0 |
Media and Articles
Date Article Website
07/22/2016 Episode 1 - Joe Hulbig '96 soundcloud.com
10/05/2012 Edmonton Oilers’ top 10 all-time worst draft busts: #8 Joe Hulbig edmontonjournal.com
09/25/2002 Hulbig seeks bloomin' shot nypost.com
11/10/2000 Hulbig still dazed from hit theglobeandmail.com
08/26/2000 Bruins re-sign Hulbig to one-year deal southcoasttoday.com
Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for St. Sebastian's School

Career transactions
- 1999-07-23 • Signed as a free agent by Boston Bruins
- 2002-10-01 • Signed as a free agent by New Jersey Devils

Missed majority of 2000-01 due to concussion vs. Ottawa Senators, November 9, 2000.

After his eight year hockey career ended Joe switched careers and began working in education philanthropy. He is now a regional director of major gifts at PC.

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