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Patrick White (ice hockey)

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Patrick White
Born (1989-01-20) January 20, 1989 (age 28)
Grand Rapids, MN, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
Former teams
Free Agent
Hannover Indians
HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
HC Slovan Bratislava
Graz 99ers
Leksands IF
Lillehammer IK
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2007
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2011–present

Patrick White (born January 20, 1989) is an American ice hockey center who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played with Lillehammer IK in the GET-ligaen (GET). White previously played in North America for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Prior to joining the Golden Gophers, he played four seasons of high school hockey in the Minnesota State High School League with the Grand Rapids High School Thunderhawks. Although he was drafted twice by junior ice hockey teams—the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2004 and the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2005—he chose to play for his high school instead. Described as a skilled forward with a good wrist shot, White was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, before being traded to the Sharks in 2009.

Playing career[edit]

Grand Rapids High School[edit]

White joined the hockey team at Grand Rapids High School when he began his education at the school. In his first season, he finished with seven points in 26 games. At the end of the season, White was drafted in the tenth round, 195th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft although he declined to join the team, opting rather to continue with Grand Rapids.[1] The next season, White greatly improved his statistics, finishing the season with 33 points in 26 games. In the offseason, he was drafted in the second round, 13th overall by the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in the 2005 Futures Draft, although opted once again to continue with Grand Rapids.[2]

In his third season with Grand Rapids, White led the team with 52 points in 30 games, earning Associated Press (AP) All-State honorable mention, Duluth News Tribune Second Team All-Area, and Iron Range All-Conference honors.[3] He also helped Grand Rapids finish runner-up at the Minnesota State High School Boys Hockey Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors after finishing with five goals in three games.[3]

Prior to his senior season with Grand Rapids, White signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Minnesota and their Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey program following his season.[3] In his final season at Grand Rapids, White finished scored 49 points in 30 games to be named AP Player of the Year, Duluth News Tribune Player of the Year, AP All-State First Team, St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State First Team, Duluth News Tribune First-Team All-Area, and Iron Range All-Conference.[4][5] He was also a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey award, eventually losing the award to Cretin-Derham Hall High School defenseman Ryan McDonagh.[6][7] Once again, he led Grand Rapids to a second-place finish at the Minnesota State High School Boys Hockey Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors for the second consecutive year.[5] White also played in twelve games for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, split before and after his high school season, scoring eight goals and one assist.[3] Following the season, White entered the 2007 NHL Entry Draft ranked 23rd overall among North American skaters.[8] The NHL's Central Scouting Service described White as "a skilled forward with the ability to make a difference" and able to get "his wrist shot off with ease." He was also said adept at going into corners of the ice and fighting for the puck.[9] On June 22, 2007, he was drafted 25th overall by the Vancouver Canucks.[10]

University of Minnesota[edit]

White joined the University of Minnesota for the 2007–08 season. Early into his freshman season, he scored the game-winning goal against the University of Michigan in the championship game of the 2007 Ice Breaker Invitational.[11] The goal was the first of White's college career.[11] White finished his freshman year with ten points in 45 games while leader the Golden Gophers with a plus/minus rating of plus-nine.[5] Furthermore, the Golden Gophers failed to lose any game in which White scored a point, earning seven wins and two ties.[5]

White's sophomore season with the Golden Gophers began as a disappointment. He did not record his first goal until the last weekend of November in the Golden Gophers' fourteenth game of the season.[12] However, White quickly turned his play around, scoring four goals in the Golden Gophers' next ten games, including the game-winning goal 1:38 into overtime at the 2009 Dodge Holiday Classic to lead the Golden Gophers to a 3–2 victory over Northeastern University.[13][14] White scored two goals in the two-game tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors.[15] He finished the 2009–10 season with nine goals and eight assists in thirty-nine games for the Golden Gophers.[16]

On August 28, 2009, White was traded from the Canucks to the San Jose Sharks, along with fellow prospect Daniel Rahimi, in exchange for defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich.[16] White had a career season in his third year with the Golden Gophers. He set career highs in goals, with nine, and points, with seventeen. He also tied for third on the team in goals, and tied for seventh in points.[17]


In the following season of 2011–12 he signed with EHC Klostersee, the runner-up of season 2010-11, in the Oberliga, the third tier of ice hockey in Germany.[18][19] After a year playing for Klostersee, in summer 2012 he signed a contract with the Hannover Indians where he is supposed to be a basic player in the second scoring line. The team is a part of second tier German hockey in the Bundesliga.

In the 2014–15 season, White began the year with HC Slovan Bratislava in the Kontinental Hockey League before he was returned on loan for a second stint with HC ’05 Banská Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga.

On August 5, 2015, White signed a one-year contract as a free agent with Austrian club, Graz 99ers of the EBEL.[20]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Finland

White was first exposed to international ice hockey when he represented the United States at the 2005 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland, competing against teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland.[21] White helped the United States to first place with a record of 3–0–1, finishing the tournament with two points including an assist on the game-winning goal in the final game.[22]

Two years later, White was named to the United States team for the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships in Finland, his first International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.[23] White scored three goals and two assists in seven games—including a two-goal performance against Latvia in which he scored the game-winning goal—as the United States lost 6–5 to Russia in the gold medal game.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

White was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Mark, his father, played Division III college hockey at Hamline University and had experience coaching; he coached White in minor hockey, and also did work with a community college in Grand Rapids.[9][10] In honor of his father, White wore the number six, the same number Mark used.[4] While at the University of Minnesota, White pursued a management major at the Carlson School of Management.[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
2003–04 Grand Rapids HS Thunderhawks MSHSL 26 2 5 7
2004–05 Grand Rapids HS Thunderhawks MSHSL 26 18 15 33
2005–06 Grand Rapids HS Thunderhawks MSHSL 30 23 29 52
2006–07 Grand Rapids HS Thunderhawks MSHSL 30 18 31 49
2006–07 Tri-City Storm USHL 12 8 1 9 4
2007–08 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 6 4 10 20
2008–09 University of Minnesota WCHA 36 7 9 16 18
2009–10 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 9 8 17 20
2010–11 University of Minnesota WCHA 27 5 5 10 12
2011–12 EHC Klostersee GerObL 40 32 38 70 34 3 2 3 5 0
2012–13 Hannover Indians 2.GBun 48 19 18 37 28
2013–14 HC ’05 Banská Bystrica Slovak 55 21 22 43 20 11 5 2 7 4
2014–15 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 26 0 0 0 6
2014–15 HC ’05 Banská Bystrica Slovak 32 14 10 24 6 18 3 4 7 10
2015–16 Graz 99ers EBEL 8 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Leksands IF Allsv 7 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Lillehammer IK GET 17 2 9 11 8
KHL totals 26 0 0 0 6

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States U17 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 1 1 2 0
2007 United States WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 3 2 5 6
Junior totals 7 3 2 5 6

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2006 – AP All-State honorable mention
  • 2006 – Duluth News Tribune Second Team All-Area
  • 2006 – Iron Range All-Conference
  • 2006 – MSHSL All-Tournament Team
  • 2007 – AP All-State First Team
  • 2007 – AP Player of the Year
  • 2007 – Duluth News Tribune First-Team All-Area
  • 2007 – Duluth News Tribune Player of the Year
  • 2007 – Iron Range All-Conference
  • 2007 – St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State First Team
  • 2007 – MSHSL All-Tournament Team



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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Grabner
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Cody Hodgson