O'Sullivan with the Edmonton Oilers in 2009
February 1, 1985|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings|
|National team||United States|
56th overall, 2003|
Patrick O'Sullivan (born February 1, 1985) is a Canadian-born American former professional ice hockey forward who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and Phoenix Coyotes.
O'Sullivan was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His father, John O'Sullivan, a Toronto native played for the minor-league Winston-Salem Thunderbirds of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
O'Sullivan has spoken openly about being emotionally and physically abused for years by his father. The abuse continued up to the time he started playing for the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Some notable acts were mainly verbal and physical abuse when Patrick had an off-game. O'Sullivan's father whipped him with a heavy leather jump rope or sometimes an electrical cord. There were also reports of John threatening and intimidating him. O'Sullivan was also sometimes locked out of the house in his pajamas during winter. The abuse escalated at an OHL game where John was screaming, cursing and pounding on the glass. The abuse reached a point where Patrick pressed charges against his father and filed a restraining order against him. O'Sullivan later detailed the abuse in a book, Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph.
Despite the abuse, O'Sullivan was a junior hockey league star, winning the OHL and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) rookie of the year awards in 2002 and setting records for games, goals, assists and points for the Mississauga/Niagara IceDogs that, as of 2015, were still unbroken.
O'Sullivan was drafted in the second round, 56th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild after having been projected as a top-five talent. He played his first season for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, during the 2005–06 season. He had a strong season, scoring 47 goals and 93 points to break all Houston Aeros' rookie scoring records.
O'Sullivan began the 2006–07 season with the Kings when he made his NHL debut on October 6, 2006, to become the first person from North Carolina to play in the NHL. He became the second NHL player, behind Jeff Halpern, to have been raised in the American South. O'Sullivan, along with Halpern, Jamie Fritsch, Jared Ross, Blake Geoffrion and Jarred Tinordi, are the only NHL players to date to come from the region. On November 2, 2006, O'Sullivan was assigned to the Kings' AHL affiliate at the time, the Manchester Monarchs. On January 25, 2007, he was recalled to the NHL.
On March 4, 2009, O'Sullivan (along with the Calgary Flames' second-round draft pick) was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Justin Williams, following which he was immediately traded (along with a second-round pick) to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Erik Cole and a fifth-round pick. He would play 19 games for the Oilers during the remainder of the season, scoring two goals and four assists.
On June 29, 2010, O'Sullivan (along with Ethan Moreau and Robert Nilsson) was placed on waivers by Edmonton. After clearing waivers the following day, on June 30, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Jim Vandermeer. His contract was then immediately bought-out by the Coyotes, resulting in his free agency. On September 17, 2010, O'Sullivan signed a two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes to become the first native of North Carolina to play for the Hurricanes. After being a healthy scratch ten times, O'Sullivan was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes and acquired by the Minnesota Wild.
On August 4, 2011, O'Sullivan signed a one-year, two-way contract with Phoenix. Unable to earn a regular position, scoring 4 points in 23 games to begin the 2011–12 season, O'Sullivan was reassigned to the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. On March 2, 2012, the Coyotes loaned O'Sullivan to the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL in exchange for Brett Sterling.
On September 26, 2012, O'Sullivan signed his first European contract, agreeing to a one-year deal with HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga. He scored one goal in eight games for HIFK before he was released one month into the 2012–13 season.
- Edmonton Oilers franchise record for worst +/- regular season (2009–10) minus 35
- Mississauga IceDogs franchise record for most regular season assists: (2004–05) – 59
- Mississauga IceDogs franchise record for most regular season points:(2001–02) – 92
- Houston Aeros franchise record for most regular season goals by a rookie: (2005–06) – 47
- Houston Aeros franchise single season record for most goals: (2005–06) – 47
- Houston Aeros franchise record for most regular season assists by a rookie: (2005–06) – 46
- Houston Aeros franchise record for most regular season points by a rookie: (2005–06) – 93
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||U.S. NTDP U18||NAHL||56||22||35||57||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||U.S. NTDP U17||USDP||8||8||10||18||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||U.S. NTDP Juniors||USHL||1||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||44||5||14||19||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||22||31||53||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||14||23||37||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
Awards and honours
|Jack Ferguson Award||2001|
|Emms Family Award||2002|
|CHL Rookie of the Year||2002|
|All-Star Game||2006, 2007*|
|Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award||2006|
- Alter, David (October 21, 2015). "'The game is the only thing that kept me alive': Ex-NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan shares story of abuse at hands of his father". National Post. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
- "Former NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan opens up about abuse – Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- "Black & Blue". The Players' Tribune.
- "Patrick O'Sullivan's Story". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. March 17, 2004. Archived from the original on April 28, 2004. Retrieved December 29, 2008.
- "Hurricanes re-acquire Cole". National Hockey League. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
- "O'Sullivan, Kotalik headed to Edmonton on deadline day". National Hockey League. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
- "Oilers cut Captain". Edmonton Journal. June 29, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- "Oilers trade O'Sullivan to Coyotes for Vandermeer". TSN. June 30, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- "O'Sullivan signs two-way contract with Hurricanes". The Sports Network. September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- "Press Release – O'Sullivan". HIFK (in Finnish). September 26, 2012. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "O'Sullivan released". HIFK (in Finnish). October 24, 2012. Archived from the original on April 6, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2012.