Pat Price (ice hockey)

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Pat Price
Born (1955-03-24) March 24, 1955 (age 63)
Nelson, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for WHA
Vancouver Blazers
NHL
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Quebec Nordiques
New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
AHL
Rochester Americans
Fredericton Express
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1975
New York Islanders
WHA Draft 1st overall, 1974
Vancouver Blazers
Playing career 1974–1988

Shaun Patrick Price (born March 24, 1955 in Nelson, British Columbia) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Vancouver Blazers and the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.

Career[edit]

Price was a highly-touted junior star with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL), scoring 95 points – despite being a defenceman – in the 1973–74 WCHL season. In the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, Price was drafted number one overall by the Vancouver Blazers. The WHA had trouble holding onto its draft picks, who often went to the more established NHL teams, but the Blazers landed the untested rookie with a contract offer of $1.3 million ($6.4 million today).

Price did not meet the Blazers' expectations, scoring only 34 points in the 1974–75 WHA season, so he jumped to the NHL when drafted 11th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. Price spent most of that season in the minor leagues, as he learned to adapt to the professional game.

Price became an NHL regular in 1976–77, and played three seasons with the Islanders before he was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft.

Despite the original expectation that he should be a scoring defenceman with Vancouver in his rookie season, Price grew to be a balanced professional, playing 726 total NHL games over 13 seasons, scoring 43 goals and 218 assists before retiring in 1988.[1]

Retirement[edit]

After retiring, Price returned to his hometown of Nelson, British Columbia. In the early 2000s, Price became a volunteer coach of a local junior hockey team and led them to the Provincials in their 1997–98 season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 66 2 16 18 56 5 0 3 3 2
1971–72 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 66 10 48 58 85 8 0 3 3 25
1972–73 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 67 12 56 68 134 16 4 17 21 24
1973–74 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 68 27 68 95 147 6 3 4 7 13
1974–75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 68 5 29 34 15
1975–76 New York Islanders NHL 4 0 2 2 2
1975–76 Fort Worth Texans CHL 72 6 44 50 119
1976–77 New York Islanders NHL 71 3 22 25 25 10 0 1 1 2
1977–78 New York Islanders NHL 52 2 10 12 27 5 0 1 1 2
1977–78 Rochester Americans AHL 5 2 1 3 9
1978–79 New York Islanders NHL 55 3 11 14 50 7 0 1 1 25
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 11 21 32 134 3 0 0 0 11
1980–81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 8 24 32 193
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 10 10 33 5 1 1 2 21
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 7 31 38 322 5 0 0 0 28
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 1 11 12 104
1982–83 Québec Nordiques NHL 14 1 2 3 28 4 0 0 0 14
1983–84 Québec Nordiques NHL 72 3 25 28 188 9 1 0 1 10
1984–85 Québec Nordiques NHL 68 1 26 27 118 17 0 4 4 51
1985–86 Québec Nordiques NHL 54 3 13 16 82 3 0 1 1 4
1986–87 Québec Nordiques NHL 47 0 6 6 81
1986–87 Fredericton Express AHL 7 0 0 0 14
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 13 0 2 2 49 6 0 1 1 27
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 14 0 2 2 20
1987–88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 1 1 2 15
NHL totals 726 43 218 261 1456 74 2 10 12 195

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pat Price player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Clark Gillies
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1975
Succeeded by
Alex McKendry
Preceded by
Bob Neely
WHA First Overall Draft Pick
1974
Succeeded by
Claude Larose
Preceded by
Colin Campbell
Vancouver Blazers first round draft pick
1974
Succeeded by
Denny McLean