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Pat Verbeek
Patverbeek
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Nickname(s) The Little Ball of Hate
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams New Jersey Devils (19821989)
Hartford Whalers (19891995)
New York Rangers (19951996)
Dallas Stars (19961999)
Detroit Red Wings (19992001)
Dallas Stars (2001–2002)
Nationality Canadian
Born May 24 1964 (1964-05-24) (age 52),
Sarnia, ON, CA
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 1982
New Jersey Devils
Pro Career 1982 – 2002

Patrick Verbeek (born on May 24, 1964 in Sarnia, Ontario) is a Canadian-born former player who played for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Detroit Red Wings during his career. His nickname, "The Little Ball of Hate", was given to him in 1995 by Glenn Healy after his New York Rangers teammate Ray Ferraro was tagged as the "Big Ball of Hate".

Playing careerEdit

Verbeek was selected 43rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He helped the Devils to their first playoff berth in the 1987–88 season, when he scored a club record 46 goals during the regular season.

After the 1988–89 season, the Devils traded him to the Hartford Whalers (now the Carolina Hurricanes). In his first season, he led the team in goal scoring and in his second he was named team MVP. In 1991, he made the All-Star team for the first time and in the following season, Verbeek was named the Whalers captain. After a short stint with the Rangers, he signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent, where he won his first Stanley Cup in 1999.

During the 1999–2000 season, he signed with the Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, he passed the 1,000-point mark, scored his 500th goal, and moved into the top 25 in career goal scoring before returning to Dallas for his final NHL season in 2001-02. After retirement, he became a part-time color analyst for television broadcasts of Red Wings' road games. Verbeek is the only player in NHL history to total over 500 career goals and 2500 career penalty minutes. He left his position as a broadcaster in September 2006, to become a scout for the Red Wings.

On May 15, 1985 one of Verbeek's thumbs was cut off by an auger in a farming accident. Thanks to his father and brother his thumb was saved, and after extensive rehabilitation, Verbeek returned to hockey (although he did not miss any regular-season NHL games because of the injury).

Career statisticsEdit

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


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Preceded by
Randy Ladouceur
Hartford Whalers captains
199295
Succeeded by
Brendan Shanahan


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