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Pat Verbeek
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Born May 24, 1964 (1964-05-24) (age 54)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
Hartford Whalers
New York Rangers
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 1982
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1982–2002

Pat Verbeek (born Patrick Martin Verbeek on May 24, 1964) is a Canadian former ice hockey player who played for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings during his career.

He is currently the Assistant General Manager with the Tampa Bay Lightning along with his former Detroit teammate Steve Yzerman, the current General Manager of the Lightning. He previously served as pro scout with the Detroit Red Wings.

Pat's nickname, "The Little Ball of Hate" was given to him in 1995 by Glenn Healy after fellow New York Rangers teammate Ray Ferraro was tagged as the "Big Ball of Hate".

Playing CareerEdit

Pat was selected 43rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

He helped the Devils to their first playoff berth in the 1987–88 season, when he scored what was a club record 46 goals until it was broken in the 2005–06 season by Brian Gionta's 48 goals.

On April 18, 1988, Pat used his skate to cut the leg of Washington Capitals defenseman Rod Langway. The NHL ruled the incident accidental, but the incident added to the Patrick Division rivalry between Washington and New Jersey.

After the 1988–89 season, the Devils traded Pat to the Hartford Whalers on June 17, 1989 in exchange for Sylvain Turgeon. During his first season in Hartford, he led the team in goal scoring and in his second he was named team MVP.

In 1991, he made the All-Star team for the first time and in the following season, he was named the Whalers captain.

On March 23, 1995, Pat was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Glen Featherstone, Michael Stewart and the Rangers' first-round choice (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft & a fourth-round choice Steve Wasylko in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

After his short stint with the Rangers, he signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent on August 21, 1996 where he won his first Stanley Cup in 1999.

On November 11, 1999, Pat signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings. While in Detroit, he passed the 1,000-point mark, scored his 500th goal and moved into the top 25 in career goal scoring before returning to Dallas for his final NHL season in 2001–02.

Pat is the only player in NHL history to total over 500 career goals and 2500 career penalty minutes.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

After retiring, Pat became a part-time color analyst for television broadcasts of Red Wings' road games.

He left his position as a broadcaster in September of 2006, to become a scout for the Red Wings.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 37 51 88 180
1982–83 Sudbury Wolves OHL 61 40 67 107 184
1982–83 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 3 2 5 8
1983–84 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 20 27 47 158
1984–85 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 15 18 33 162
1985–86 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 25 28 53 79
1986–87 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 35 24 59 120
1987–88 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 46 31 77 227 20 4 8 12 51
1988–89 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 26 21 47 189
1989–90 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 44 45 89 228 7 2 2 4 26
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 43 39 82 246 6 3 2 5 40
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 22 35 57 243 7 0 2 2 12
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 39 43 82 197
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 37 38 75 177
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 29 7 11 18 53
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 19 10 5 15 18 10 4 6 10 20
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 69 41 41 82 129 11 3 6 9 12
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 81 17 36 53 128 7 1 3 4 16
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 82 31 26 57 170 17 3 2 5 26
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 78 17 17 34 133 18 3 4 7 14
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 22 26 48 95 9 1 1 2 2
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 15 15 30 73 5 2 0 2 6
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 64 7 13 20 72
NHL totals 1424 522 541 1063 2905 117 26 36 62 225

AccoladesEdit

  • Member of one Stanley Cup winning team: 1999 with the Dallas Stars
  • Selected to two NHL All-Star Games: 1991 and 1996

Personal LifeEdit

Pat has three brothers: Tim, Gerard and Brian, who all played hockey as well.

He and his wife Dianne have five children: Kyle, Stephanie, Kendall, Haley and Georgeanne.

His son, Kyle played hockey for Sacred Heart University and his nephew, Ryan currently plays hockey for the Kingston Frontenacs.

On May 15, 1985, one of Pat's thumbs was cut off by an auger in a farming accident. Thanks to his father and brother his thumb was saved, and after extensive rehabilitation, He returned to hockey and did not miss any regular-season NHL games because of the injury.

Pat also invited future Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane to live with him and his family when Kane was 14 years old & played for Detroit HoneyBaked.