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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
9 overall by New York Rangers
Born June 14, 1963
Height: 6-2 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Prince Albert (SJHL)
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
||Notre Dame||Sask. AAA
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Cup: 1981 (Prince Albert)
Air Canada Cup (Midget AAA):
1980 (Notre Dame)
Canadian Tier II Player of Year:
1981 (Prince Albert)
Centennial Cup MVP: 1981 (Prince Albert)
All-Star First Team: 1981 (Prince Albert)
SJHL All-Star First Team: 1980-81 (Prince
Prince Albert Rookie of Year: 1980-81
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 21 overall prospect for the 1981 NHL draft. ... Attended Notre Dame
College (high school) in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. ... Also played high school
baseball and football.
| Debut: March 7, 1984 (N.Y. Rangers at
Numbers: 3 (N.Y. Rangers); 4 (Hartford); 6, 5, 3
(Calgary); 3 (Buffalo)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Status: Retired September 8, 2005
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||NYR, HAR, CGY, BUF||1,280
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||NYR, Calgary, Buffalo||117
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1999 (Buffalo)
N.Y. Rangers MVP: 1987-88
N.Y. Rangers Players' Player Award:
N.Y. Rangers Defenseman of Year: 1987-88
N.Y. Rangers Good Guy Award
(Media Vote): 1986-87
Buffalo Horton Award (Unsung Hero): 1999-00 (co-winner), 2001-02
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs
Assists Leader: 1990 (8, tie)
1993-94: Played six games for N.Y. Rangers team that went on to win
Stanley Cup, but was traded away to Hartford during regular season.
Named Buffalo developmental instructor on Sept. 8, 2005, and remained in
that position until October 2005. ... Named Buffalo assistant coach on Sept.
12, 2006, and remained in that position through 2006-07 season.
Miscellaneous: Joined N.Y. Rangers for balance of 1983-84 season after
competing in 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. ... Represented by agent
Herb Pinder when he signed his first NHL contract with N.Y. Rangers on March
1984. ... Played on N.Y. Rangers power-play unit during his first NHL game.
... Had three assists in his second NHL game, played in his hometown of
Winnipeg on March 9, 1984. His final assist came on Mark Osborne's goal 43
seconds into overtime, giving N.Y. Rangers a 6-5 win over host Jets. ...
Paired with Tom Laidlaw on defense for N.Y. Rangers in 1984 playoffs. ...
Missed first game of 1984-85 season with pulled groin injury, suffered during
N.Y. Rangers training camp in September 1984. ... Missed part of 1984-85
season with right hip pointer injury, suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 6,
1985, game at Vancouver. ... Missed parts of 1985-86 season with pinched nerve
in neck, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' practice on Oct. 24, 1985,
and re-aggravated in N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 15, 1985, game vs. Pittsburgh. ...
Missed parts of 1985-86 season with bruised thigh and the flu. ... Scored with
16 seconds left in third period as N.Y. Rangers tied Capitals 4-4 to clinch
Patrick Division's final playoff spot on April 5, 1986, in Washington. ...
Missed part of 1986-87 season with the flu. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season
with strained ligaments in left knee, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers'
March 12, 1988, game at Washington. He did not return to action until the
final regular-season game on April 3, 1988. ... Set N.Y. Rangers single-season
record (since broken) for power-play goals by a defenseman with nine in
1987-88. ... Named N.Y. Rangers alternate captain prior to 1988-89
season and held that position through 1991-92 season. ... Led N.Y. Rangers
with plus-16 rating in 1987-88. ... Missed parts of 1988-89 season with
bruised shoulder and chest, suffered in December 1988, and with
pulled groin muscle, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 13, 1989,
game vs. Calgary. ... Tied N.Y. Rangers single-season record (since broken)
for power-play goals by a defenseman with nine in 1989-90. ... Missed part of
1990-91 season with hand injury, suffered in March 1991. The injury required
postseason surgery. ... Led N.Y. Rangers with plus-34 rating in 1991-92. ...
Missed parts of 1992-93 season with sprained shoulder, an injury suffered
during N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 4, 1992, game vs. Philadelphia, with bruised right
shoulder, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 27, 1992, game at
Minnesota, with sprained left knee, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers'
Jan. 27, 1993, game vs. Winnipeg, and with herniated disc in back, an injury
suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 24, 1993, game at Vancouver. ... Missed
remainder of 1992-93 season with herniated disc in back, an injury he
re-aggravated during N.Y. Rangers' March 28, 1993, game vs. Quebec. ... Missed
part of 1993-94 season with herniated disc in back, an injury suffered during
Hartford's Dec. 7, 1993, game at Washington. ... Missed part of 1995 season
with back injury, suffered during Calgary's practice on March 10, 1995. ...
Missed remainder of 1995-96 regular season with concussion, an injury suffered
during Calgary's April 9, 1996, game vs. Dallas. ... Missed parts of 1996-97
season with sore back, an injury suffered during Calgary's Oct. 14, 1996, game
at N.Y. Rangers, with strained knee, an injury suffered during Calgary's Oct.
24, 1996, game vs. Pittsburgh, and with concussion, an injury suffered during
Calgary's Nov. 20, 1996, game vs. Dallas. ... Missed remainder of 1996-97
season with torn ACL in knee, an injury suffered during Calgary's Dec. 3,
1996, game at N.Y. Islanders. The injury required season-ending surgery on
Dec. 12, 1996. ... Missed parts of 1997-98 season with neck strain, suffered
during Calgary's Oct. 22, 1997, game at Buffalo and re-aggravated during
Calgary's Nov. 13, 1997, game vs. Carolina, and with charley horse, suffered
during Calgary's Jan. 5, 1998, game at Chicago. ... Signed with Buffalo as a Group III unrestricted free agent on
Oct. 7, 1998. ... Missed parts of 1998-99 season with pinched nerve in neck,
an injury suffered during Buffalo's Oct. 10, 1998, season-opener at Dallas,
and with concussion, an injury suffered during Buffalo's Feb. 24, 1999, game
at Calgary. ... Played in his 1,000th NHL game for Buffalo on Dec. 4, 1999,
vs. N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with back spasms, an
injury suffered during Buffalo's Feb. 17, 2000, game vs. Vancouver. ... Was
Buffalo's nominee for 1999-00 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed start of 2000-01
season with separated shoulder, an injury suffered during Buffalo's Sept. 23, 2000,
preseason game vs. Columbus. ... Missed part of 2001-02 season with head
injury, suffered during Buffalo's Nov. 27, 2001, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ...
Was Buffalo's nominee for 2001-02 Masterton Trophy. ... Signed two-year
contract with Buffalo at age 39 on July 25, 2002. ... Missed part of 2003-04
season with groin injury, suffered during Buffalo's Dec. 29, 2003, game at
Carolina. He did not return to action until Buffalo's Jan. 13, 2004, game
vs. Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 2003-04 season with pinched nerve in
an injury suffered during Buffalo's Jan. 24, 2004, game at Philadelphia. He did not
return to action until Buffalo's March 3, 2004, game vs. Ottawa.
|Post-Draft Teams: North Dakota (WCHA); Team
Canada; Frankfurt (Germany)|
Canada Cup: 1984 (first place, did not play), 1987 (first place)
World Championships: 1983
(bronze medal), 1987 (fourth place), 1989 (silver medal), 1998 (5-8 place),
2002 (sixth place)
World Junior Championships: 1982
(gold), 1983 (bronze)
AWARDS AND HONORS
1982 (North Dakota)
NCAA West All-America First Team: 1982-83 (North Dakota)
WCHA Rookie of Year: 1981-82 (North Dakota)
NCAA Tournament All-Star First Team: 1982 (North Dakota)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1982-83 (North Dakota)
Second Team: 1981-82 (North Dakota)
North Dakota MVP: 1982-83
North Dakota Rookie of Year: 1981-82 (co-winner with Dave Tippett)
Education: Majored in business
administration at North Dakota.
Miscellaneous: Never played in minor
leagues. ... Played on first Canadian team to win a gold medal at World
Junior Championships in 1982. ... Was finalist for 1982-83 Hobey Baker Award.
... Left University of North Dakota after his
sophomore year to join Team Canada for 1983-84 season before entering pro
hockey. ... Had least NHL experience of any player on Team Canada at 1984 Canada Cup, but did not appear in any tournament games. ...
Set record (since broken) for career games played by a Team Canada player with
40 career games, breaking previous record of 37 games in 2002. ... Was active in
charitable causes during his playing days, including work with anti-drug
programs, charities that help the disabled, a reading program for kids and
Child Find Alberta, which helps recover missing children. ... An avid music
fan, he attended many rock concerts and befriended several rock stars during
his playing days in New York.
Personal: Nicknamed "Jeep." ... Full name is
James Alan Patrick. ... Younger brother of former NHL player Steve Patrick.
... Son of former CFL star Steve Patrick Sr., who was playing for Winnipeg
Blue Bombers and running his real estate business when James was born. Steve
Patrick Sr. was later elected to Manitoba Parliament.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: N.Y. Rangers traded Patrick and Darren
Turcotte to Hartford in exchange for Steve Larmer, Nick Kypreos, Barry Richter
and 1994 conditional draft pick (sixth-round pick -- Yuri Litvinov) on November 2, 1993.
The deal was part of a three-way trade with Chicago. The first part of the
trade saw Chicago send Larmer and Bryan Marchment to Hartford for Eric
Weinrich and Patrick Poulin on November 2, 1993.||
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