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]

See also[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. 

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