Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Patey
Although Larry Patey started to skate at age four, and was the beneficiary of a backyard rink upon which to develop his hockey skills, he didn't show a very strong indication that he might be NHL material. He played house-league hockey in Port Credit, just outside of Toronto where, while the serious lads played 60 games a year, young Patey played but 20.

But his progress was steady and sure. He made the Dixie Beehives Junior B club where he played for two seasons. He was then drafted by the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA but opted instead to accept a scholarship to attend Boston University. Since he was ineligible to play for the varsity squad during his freshman year, he skated with the Braintree Bruins of the NEHL. While playing an exhibition game against Team USA, some NHL scouts noticed that Patey looked to be playing beyond his league. The Golden Seals got word and promptly drafted the young prospect 130th overall in the 1973 Amateur Draft.

Patey dropped his studies and joined the Seals for one game before being dispatched to Salt Lake City for a year of seasoning. He then returned to Oakland and was given an offensive role, including power plays and extra ice time. He netted a career-high 25 goals during his only full season with the Seals. He was then traded to St. Louis early in the next campaign. Once in the Blues' fold, he was remolded into a defensive specialist. He joined Mike Crombeen as collective gadflies to the oppositions' top lines. In the process, Patey became and accomplished short-handed scorer, pumping home eight goals in 1981 -- a Blues' team record. He also finished as a runner-up to Canadiens' Bob Gainey for the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward.

Patey was into his ninth season as a Blue when he was traded to the Rangers in 1984. He lasted only 16 games over two seasons before rounding out his career with New Haven in 1985.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Braintree Bruins NEJHL 47 36 27 63
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 76 40 43 83 91 5 2 2 4 15
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 79 25 20 45 68 -20
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 18 4 4 8 23 -8
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 8 6 14 26 -12 3 1 1 2 2
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 21 29 50 41 +11 4 1 0 1 0
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 17 17 34 29 -20
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 15 19 34 60 -27
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 17 17 34 76 -18 3 1 0 1 2
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 22 23 45 107 +2 11 2 4 6 30
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 14 12 26 97 -10 10 2 4 6 13
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 9 12 21 80 -6 4 1 0 1 4
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 0 1 1 8 -12
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 9 1 2 3 4 0 4 0 1 1 6
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 7 0 1 1 12 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 62 14 14 28 43
NHL Totals 717 153 163 316 631 40 8 10 18 57


Brother of Doug
Rookie of the Year Award - WHL (1974)
Traded to St. Louis by California with California's 3rd round pick (later traded back to California - California/Cleveland selected Reg Kerr) in 1977 Amateur Draft for Wayne Merrick, November 24, 1975. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with the rights to Bob Brooke for Dave Barr, NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (Alan Perry) in 1984 NHL Draft and cash, March 5, 1984.
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