Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James Patrick
As a young lad, James Patrick was no stranger to public life in and out of professional sports. His father, Stephen, played 13 seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL and also served as a member of the Manitoba Parliament.

It was in this setting that the younger Patrick fashioned a vision for his life that balanced his athletic life with academics and worldly experience. He played one year of junior with the Prince Albert Raiders before heading to the University of North Dakota where, in 1981-82, where he helped lead the Sioux to an NCAA championship.

Aside from his National Championship in 1982, Patrick captured numerous honours while at UND, including; WCHA Second Team All-Star (1982), WCHA Freshman of the Year (1982), NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1982), WCHA First All-Star Team (1983) and NCAA West All-American Team (1983). In the fall of 1983, Ptrick joined Canada's National Team, in an experience that culminated in a trip to the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

As property of the New York Rangers, who drafted him ninth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Patrick then made his debut with the Blueshirts, a move that marked the beginning of more than nine seasons on Broadway. After much anticipation from Ranger fans and management, he settled in as a blueliner with good technical skills and an outstanding ability to make smooth transitions between offense and defense. Once again in 1987 Patrick represented his homeland on the international stage, as part of Canada's series victory of the Soviet Union at the 1987 Canada Cup.

Patrick's personal grounding, intelligence and strong positional play have allowed him to sustain 20+ years of NHL play. He left the Rangers early in 1993-94 for a brief stint in Hartford before heading West to join the Calgary Flames for four seasons. Since then, Patrick brought his veteran blueline ppresence to the Buffalo Sabres where remained through the 2003-04 season before calling it a career in the summer of 2005.

Aside from his Olympic and Canada Cup experience, Patrick has represented his country at the World Junior Championships (1983) and the World Championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1998 and 2002).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 59 21 61 82 162
1981-82 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 5 24 29 26
1981-82 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 6
1982-83 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 12 36 48 29
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 4
1982-83 Canada WEC-A 9 1 1 2 10
1983-84 Canada Nat-Tm 63 7 24 31 52
1983-84 Canada Olympics 7 0 3 3 4
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 7 8 2 +6 5 0 3 3 2
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 75 8 28 36 71 -17 3 0 0 0 4
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 75 14 29 43 88 +14 16 1 5 6 34
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 78 10 45 55 62 +13 6 1 2 3 2
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 8 0 1 1 2
1987-88 Canada Can-Cup 6 0 1 1 2
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 70 17 45 62 52 +16
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 68 11 36 47 41 +3 4 0 1 1 2
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 10 2 2 4 8
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 73 14 43 57 50 +4 10 3 8 11 0
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 74 10 49 59 58 -5 6 0 0 0 6
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 80 14 57 71 54 +34 13 0 7 7 12
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 60 5 21 26 61 +1
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 3 3 2 +1
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 8 20 28 32 -12
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 15 2 2 4 6 +6 7 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 43 0 10 10 14 -3 5 0 1 1 0
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 80 3 32 35 30 +3 4 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 19 3 1 4 6 +2
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 60 6 11 17 26 -2
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 1 7 8 16 +12 20 0 1 1 12
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 5 8 13 22 +8 5 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 4 9 13 12 +9 13 1 2 3 2
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 5 8 13 16 +3
2001-02 Canada WC-A 7 0 2 2 0 0
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 4 12 16 26 -3
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 4 7 11 12 +11
2004-05
NHL Totals 1280 149 490 639 759 117 6 32 38 86


Brother of Steve
WCHA Second All-Star Team (1982)
WCHA Freshman of the Year (1982)
NCAA Chamionship All-Tournament Team (1982)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1983)
NCAA West All American Team (1983)
Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers with Darren Turcotte for Steve Larmer, Nick Kypreos, Barry Richter and Hartford's 6th round choice (Yuri Litvinov) in 1994 Entry Draft, November 2, 1993. Traded to Calgary by Hartford with Zarley Zalapski and Michael Nylander for Gary Suter, Paul Ranheim and Ted Drury, March 10, 1994.
Missed majority of 1996-97 due to knee injury vs. Pittsburgh, October 24, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, October 7, 1998. Officially announced retirement, September 8, 2005.