James Patrick (ice hockey)

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James Patrick
Born (1963-06-14) June 14, 1963 (age 53)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1981
New York Rangers
Playing career 1983–2006

James Patrick (born June 14, 1963) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. Until recently, he was a coach with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. He is half Ukrainian (father Stephen Patrick (born Stepan Patrebka in Ukraine) played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers[1] and was born into a prominent family from the Lviv region) and half English.

Playing career[edit]

After a successful collegiate career at the University of North Dakota, Patrick represented Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. After the Olympics, Patrick signed his first professional contract on March 5, 1984, and made his NHL debut two days later in Minnesota. Patrick scored his first NHL goal on March 17, 1984, in Philadelphia. Patrick enjoyed ten productive seasons in New York before being traded to the Hartford Whalers and then to the Calgary Flames during the 1993–94 season.

After several years in Calgary, Patrick signed with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent after the 1997–98 season. Though he was chosen to play in the 1987 Canada Cup and many other international events, Patrick was never selected to the NHL All Star game. He ranks high among defenceman in both all times game played (1280) and total points (639). Patrick set a record (since broken) for career games played by a Team Canada player with 40 career games, breaking previous record of 37 games in 2002. On September 8, 2005, Patrick announced his retirement from the NHL at the age of 42. He was immediately named to the Sabres' staff as a skill development coach. However, he left the team before the season to play in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Frankfurt Lions.

Patrick joined the Sabres as assistant coach in 2006. He made his debut as a NHL Head Coach in February 2012, when Lindy Ruff was incapable of coaching due to an injury. After Ruff was fired in February 2013, Patrick stayed remained with Sabres' coaching staff until the end of the season and then was let go.[2]

After the 2013 season he re-joined Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars.

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1981–82 [3]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1982 [4]
All-WCHA First Team 1982–83 [3]
AHCA West All-American 1982–83 [5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 59 21 61 82 162
1981–82 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 5 24 29 26
1982–83 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 12 36 48 29
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 7 8 2 5 0 3 3 2
1983–84 Canada Nat-Tm 63 7 24 31 52
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 75 8 28 36 71 3 0 0 0 4
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 75 14 29 43 88 16 1 5 6 34
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 78 10 45 55 62 6 1 2 3 2
1987–88 New York Rangers NHL 70 17 45 62 52
1988–89 New York Rangers NHL 68 11 36 47 41 4 0 1 1 2
1989–90 New York Rangers NHL 73 14 43 57 50 10 3 8 11 0
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL 74 10 49 59 58 6 0 0 0 6
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 80 14 57 71 54 13 0 7 7 12
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 60 5 21 26 61
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 3 3 2
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 8 20 28 32
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL 15 2 2 4 6 7 0 1 1 6
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 43 0 10 10 14 5 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Calgary Flames NHL 80 3 32 35 30 4 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 19 3 1 4 6
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 60 6 11 17 26
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 1 7 8 16 20 0 1 1 12
1999–2000 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 5 8 13 22 5 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 4 9 13 12 13 1 2 3 2
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 5 8 13 16
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 4 12 16 26
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 4 7 11 12
NHL totals 1280 149 490 639 759 117 6 32 38 86

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1982 Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 6
1983 Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 4
1983 Canada WC 9 1 1 2 10
1984 Canada OLY 7 0 3 3 4
1987 Canada WC 8 0 1 1 2
1987 Canada CC 6 0 1 1 2
1989 Canada WC 10 2 2 4 8
1998 Canada WC 6 0 1 1 0
2002 Canada WC 7 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 14 0 4 4 10
Senior totals 53 3 11 14 26

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame - Steve Patrick
  2. ^ "Sabres fire assistant coaches Patrick, Adams". TSN. May 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Malone
New York Rangers first round draft pick
1981
Succeeded by
Chris Kontos
Preceded by
Chris Drury
Buffalo Sabres captain
December 2003
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Dumont