Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Verbeek
Pat Verbeek was selected by the New Jersey Devils 43rd overall in the 1982 Entry Draft. If there is a player who represented the nickname of the team drafting him, Verbeek is it.

Verbeek came from a solid farming background and this helped to instill a firm work ethic. In his rookie season, he found out that, even though he was playing professional hockey, he still had to behave. On one occasion, he broke team curfew and had his mother ground him by taking away the keys to his brand new Trans Am. The Devils' fans loved his play and named him the Fan Club Rookie of the Year.

He led the Devils into their first playoff berth in 1987-88 with a club-record 46 goals. The team reached the Wales Conference finals before losing to the Boston Bruins. Verbeek recorded four goals and eight assists along the way.

After the 1988-89 season, the Devils traded him to the Hartford Whalers. He made an immediate impact on the club. In his first season, he led the team in goal scoring and in his second term was named team MVP. 1991 also marked his All-Star Game debut. The following season, Verbeek was named the Whalers captain.

On March 23, 1995, he was traded to the New York Rangers for their quest of a second straight Stanley Cup. Injuries in the 1995-96 campaign prevented him from establishing personal bests. In 1996, he signed on with the Dallas Stars. With Dallas, he passed the 1,000-game mark and, more importantly, helped the team win the Stanley Cup.

Prior to the 1999-2000 season, he signed with the Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, he passed the 1,000-point mark and moved into the top 25 in career goal scoring before returnig to Dallas for his final NHL season in 2001-02.

On the international stage, Verbeek represented Cananda at the 1983 World Junior Championship, is a member of Canada's 1989 World Championship team and was a member of its World Cup team in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B 41 17 24 41 85
1980-81 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B 42 44 44 88 155
1981-82 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 37 51 88 180
1982-83 Sudbury Wolves OHL 61 40 67 107 184
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 2 2 4 6
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 3 2 5 8 -2
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 20 27 47 158 -19
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 15 18 33 162 -24
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 25 28 53 79 -24
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 35 24 59 120 -23
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 46 31 77 227 +29 20 4 8 12 51
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 26 21 47 189 -18
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 4 0 2 2 2
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 44 45 89 228 +1 7 2 2 4 26
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 43 39 82 246 0 6 3 2 5 40
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 22 35 57 243 -16 7 0 2 2 12
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 39 43 82 197 -7
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 37 38 75 177 -15
1993-94 Canada WC-A 8 1 1 2 4
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 29 7 11 18 53 0
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 19 10 5 15 18 -2 10 4 6 10 20
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 69 41 41 82 129 +29 11 3 6 9 12
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 81 17 36 53 128 +3 7 1 3 4 16
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 82 31 26 57 170 +15 17 3 2 5 26
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 78 17 17 34 133 +11 18 3 4 7 14
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 22 26 48 95 +22 9 1 1 2 2
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 15 15 30 73 0 5 2 0 2 6
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 64 7 13 20 72 -4
NHL Totals 1424 522 541 1063 2905 117 26 36 62 225


OHL Rookie of the Year (1982) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1996) Traded to Hartford by New Jersey for Sylvain Turgeon, June 17, 1989. Traded to NY Rangers by Hartford for Glen Featherstone, Michael Stewart, NY Rangers' 1st round choice (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) in 1995 Entry Draft and 4th round choice (Steve Wasylko) in 1996 Entry Draft, March 23, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 21, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, November 11, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 31, 2001.