Big Steve Patrick was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, 20th overall in the first round. He was taken primarily for his size and strength although scouting reports said he would be able to contribute offensively.
Patrick enjoyed a successful junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings, and played in the 1979 Memorial Cup. Other notables from that Brandon club were; Brian Propp, Ray Allison, Laurie Boschman and Brad McCrimmon. Despite an impressive team of individual stars, the Wheat Kings lost in the championship final with a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to the Peterborough Petes.
In 1980-81, Patrick got to play in 30 games with the Sabres, although he saw limited ice time, scoring a goal and eight points. Patrick remained in the Sabres' organization until being traded to the New York Rangers in December, 1984. After just over a year in the Big Apple, Patrick was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques for Wilf Paiement in February, 1986 where he played the final 27 games of his professional hockey career.
Throughout his school years he distinguished himself in sports, especially hockey. Sports were always a focal point in the Patrick household. Patrick's father, Steve Patrick Sr. was a football star with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1952 to 1964 and was captain from 1961 to 1964, and played in six Grey Cup championships. Steve Patrick's younger brother James Patrick played well over 1000 NHL games including several seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.
Following his hockey career, Patrick moved back to Winnipeg and entered the real estate business. In addition to being a broker, he is now President of Patrick Realty Ltd. that was founded in 1955 by his father.