James Patrick (ice hockey)

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James Patrick
Born (1963-06-14) June 14, 1963 (age 57)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1981
New York Rangers
Playing career 19832006

James Patrick (born June 14, 1963) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach for the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL).


Playing career

After a successful collegiate career at the University of North Dakota, Patrick represented Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. After the Olympics, Patrick signed his first professional contract on March 5, 1984 with the New York Rangers, and made his NHL debut two days later in Minnesota. Patrick scored his first NHL goal on March 17, 1984, in Philadelphia. Patrick enjoyed ten productive seasons in New York before being traded to the Hartford Whalers and then to the Calgary Flames during the 1993–94 season.

After several years in Calgary, Patrick signed with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent after the 1997–98 season. Though he was chosen to play in the 1987 Canada Cup and many other international events, Patrick was never selected to the NHL All Star game. He ranks high among defencemen in both all times game played (1280) and total points (639). Patrick set a record (since broken) for career games played by a Team Canada player with 40 career games, breaking the previous record of 37 games in 2002. On September 8, 2005, Patrick announced his retirement from the NHL at the age of 42. He was immediately named to the Sabres' staff as a skill development coach. However, he left the team before the season to play in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Frankfurt Lions.

Coaching career

Patrick joined the Buffalo Sabres as assistant coach in 2006. He made his debut as head coach in February 2012, when Lindy Ruff was incapable of coaching due to an injury. After Ruff was fired in February 2013, Patrick remained with the Sabres' coaching staff until the end of the season, and then was let go. [1]

After the 2013 season he re-joined Ruff as an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars. At the end of the 2016–17 regular season, Patrick was let go when the Stars elected not to renew Ruff's expiring contract, after the team missed the playoffs. [2]

On June 6, 2017, it was announced that Patrick was named as the head coach for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL). [3]

Personal life

Patrick is half Ukrainian and half English. His father, Stephen (born as Stepan Patrebka), was the child of Ukrainian immigrants from the Lviv region, and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. [4] Patrick is the brother of Steve and the uncle of Nolan Patrick.

In 2014, Patrick was charged with assault stemming from a domestic incident, while working as an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars. [5]

Awards and honours

All-WCHA Second Team 1981–82 [6]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1982 [7]
All-WCHA First Team 1982–83 [6]
AHCA West All-American 1982–83 [8]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1979–80Notre Dame Hounds SMHL
1980–81 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 59216182162
1981–82 University of North Dakota WCHA 425242926
1982–83 University of North DakotaWCHA3612364829
1983–84 Canadian National Team Intl637243152
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 12178250332
1984–85 New York RangersNHL75828367130004
1985–86 New York RangersNHL75142943881615634
1986–87 New York RangersNHL781045556261232
1987–88 New York RangersNHL7017456252
1988–89 New York RangersNHL681136474140112
1989–90 New York RangersNHL73144357501038110
1990–91 New York RangersNHL741049595860006
1991–92 New York RangersNHL80145771541307712
1992–93 New York RangersNHL605212661
1993–94 New York RangersNHL60332
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL478202832
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL15224670116
1994–95 Calgary FlamesNHL43010101450110
1995–96 Calgary FlamesNHL80332353040002
1996–97 Calgary FlamesNHL193146
1997–98 Calgary FlamesNHL606111726
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL45178162001112
1999–00 Buffalo SabresNHL6658132250112
2000–01 Buffalo SabresNHL54491312131232
2001–02 Buffalo SabresNHL56581316
2002–03 Buffalo SabresNHL694121626
2003–04 Buffalo SabresNHL55471112
NHL totals12801494906397591176323886


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1982 Canada WJC 70226
1983 CanadaWJC70224
1983 Canada WC 911210
1984 Canada OLY 70334
1987 CanadaWC80112
1987 Canada CC 60112
1989 CanadaWC102248
1998 CanadaWC60110
2002 CanadaWC70220
Junior totals1404410
Senior totals533111426

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ron Scott
WCHA Freshman of the Year
Succeeded by
Craig Redmond
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Malone
New York Rangers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Chris Kontos
Preceded by
Chris Drury
Buffalo Sabres captain
December 2003
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Dumont