Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Colin Patterson
During his youth, Colin Patterson was not a single-minded lad with hockey as his sole obsession. To the contrary, he was more noteworthy on his school grounds playing lacrosse. He eventually developed into a world-class player, representing Canada at the world championships in Baltimore where he won a bronze medal.

But a rink in the backyard was still very much an important part of Patterson's development. He enjoyed playing hockey, but he was never starry-eyed about the experience. In his later teens, he attended Clarkson College where he played hockey on the side while working on his degree in marketing and management. His course, however, was turned towards the NHL when the Calgary Flames sent a scout to look at a fellow teammate, Jim Laing. When the scout made his report to the Flames, he was at least as enamoured with Patterson as he was with his original quarry. So, Patterson completed his degree and then signed as a free agent with the Flames in 1983.

Over the next ten years, he established himself as a defensive specialist, skating, for the most part, alongside Doug Risebrough and Richard Kromm. Patterson rarely strayed from his defensive role, one he fell into with ease, having learned the skill during his days as a lacrosse player.

His greatest career moment came when the Flames won the Stanley Cup on Montreal Forum ice in 1989. He lasted one more season with the club before injuries sidelined him for the entire 1990-91 campaign. His career revival brought him to the Buffalo Sabres where he toiled through two additional seasons, retiring in 1993.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Royal York Royals ON-Jr.A 40 16 30 46 13
1979-80 Royal York Royals ON-Jr.A 41 30 60 90 44
1980-81 Clarkson Knights ECAC 34 20 31 51 8
1981-82 Clarkson Knights ECAC 34 21 31 52 32
1982-83 Clarkson Knights ECAC 31 23 29 52 30
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 7 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 15
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 56 13 14 27 15 +17 11 1 1 2 6
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 6 2 3 5 9
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 57 22 21 43 5 +20 4 0 0 0 5
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 61 14 13 27 22 +8 19 6 3 9 10
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 68 13 13 26 41 +7 6 0 2 2 2
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 39 7 11 18 28 +7 9 1 0 1 8
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 74 14 24 38 56 +44 22 3 10 13 24
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 61 5 3 8 20 -4
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52 4 8 12 30 -4 5 1 0 1 0
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 4 2 6 22 -2 8 0 1 1 2
1993-94 HK Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 14 32 51 83 6 4 8 12
NHL Totals 504 96 109 205 239 85 12 17 29 57


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1983)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1983)
Signed as a free agent by Calgary, March 24, 1983.
Missed entire 1990-91 regular due to knee surgery, October 12, 1990. Traded to Buffalo by Calgary for future considerations, October 24, 1991.
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