Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Flatley
A hard-working right-winger who could score and check, Pat Flatley spent over 13 years in the NHL during the 1980s and '90s. He was proficient at driving to the net, winning battles along the boards and in the corners and setting a good example on and off the ice.

The Toronto native played two years at the University of Wisconsin and was chosen 21st overall by the New York Islanders in 1982. Flatley helped the Badgers win the NCAA crown in 1983 and was named to the WCHA first all-star team, the NCAA West first-all-American team and the NCAA championship tournament all-star team.

The industrious winger scored four goals in seven games while helping Canada win the bronze medal at the 1983 World Junior Championships. Later that year he won bronze with the senior team at the World Championships.

Since the Islanders were so deep at forward, it was decided that Flatley would benefit from a year with the Canadian national team. He scored 31 goals in 57 games during the 1983-84 season then excelled for his country when they finished fourth at the Sarajevo Olympics. His most significant contribution was scoring twice in a 4-3 win over Czechoslovakia, which clinched the bronze medal for the Canadians. Following the Olympics, Flatley scored nine points in 16 games for the New York Islanders then scored nine times in 21 games as the team's drive for five straight Stanley Cups fell short in the finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

Beginning in 1984-85, Flatley played twelve straight years with the Islanders. He worked on the power play and killed penalties and emerged as a team leader as he gained NHL experience. Although he was not an explosive scorer, the tenacious forward enjoyed a career night in front of his family when he put four pucks into the Toronto net at Maple Leaf Gardens during a 5-4 Islanders win on November 11, 1985. Flatley hit the 20-goal mark twice and recorded a personal- high of 60 points in 1992-93. That same year his leadership was vital to the team's upset of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the way to reaching the Stanley Cup semi-finals. Flatley signed with the cross-town Rangers in 1996 and played a checking there for one season before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Henry Carr Crusaders ON-Jr.B 42 30 61 91 122
1981-82 University of Wisconsin WCHA 17 10 9 19 40
1982-83 University of Wisconsin WCHA 26 17 24 41 48
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 4 0 4 6
1982-83 Canada WEC-A 6 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Canada Nat-Tm 57 31 17 48 136
1983-84 Canada Olympics 7 3 3 6 20
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 16 2 7 9 6 +3 21 9 6 15 14
1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 78 20 31 51 106 -8 4 1 0 1 6
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 73 18 34 52 66 +20 3 0 0 0 21
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 63 16 35 51 81 +17 11 3 2 5 6
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 40 9 15 24 28 +7
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 41 10 15 25 31 -5
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 2 1 1 2 2
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 62 17 32 49 101 +10 5 3 0 3 2
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 56 20 25 45 74 -2
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 38 8 28 36 31 +14
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 80 13 47 60 63 +5 15 2 7 9 12
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 64 12 30 42 40 +12
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 45 7 20 27 12 +9
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 56 8 9 17 21 -24
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 68 10 12 22 26 +6 11 0 0 0 14
NHL Totals 780 170 340 510 686 70 18 15 33 75


WCHA First All-Star Team (1983)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1983)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1983)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 26, 1996.