June 14, 1963|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers|
9th overall, 1981|
New York Rangers
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.
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 in Sabres' coaching staff until the end of the season and then was let go.
After the 2013 season he re-joined Lindy 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.
Patrick is half Ukrainian and half English. His father, Stephen (born as Stepan Potrebka), was the child of Ukrainian immigrants from the Lviv region, and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Patrick is the brother of Steve and the uncle of Nolan Patrick.
Awards and honours
|All-WCHA Second Team||1981–82|||
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||1982|||
|All-WCHA First Team||1982–83|||
|AHCA West All-American||1982–83|||
- Canadian Tier II Player of Year (1981)
- SJHL All-Star First Team (1981)
- SJHL Championship (1981)
- Centennial Cup First Team All-Star (1981)
- Centennial Cup Championship (1981)
- WCHA Freshman of the Year (1982)
- NCAA Championship (1982)
- Played in the World Junior Championships for Team Canada (1983)
- Played in the World Championships for Team Canada (1983, 1987, 1989, 1998, & 2002)
- Played in the Sarajevo Olympics for Team Canada (1984)
- Played in the Canada Cup Tournament for Team Canada (1987)
- "Honoured Member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Ranked No. 44 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
Regular season and playoffs
|1980–81||Prince Albert Raiders||SJHL||59||21||61||82||162||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||University of North Dakota||WCHA||42||5||24||29||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||University of North Dakota||WCHA||36||12||36||48||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||New York Rangers||NHL||12||1||7||8||2||5||0||3||3||2|
|1984–85||New York Rangers||NHL||75||8||28||36||71||3||0||0||0||4|
|1985–86||New York Rangers||NHL||75||14||29||43||88||16||1||5||6||34|
|1986–87||New York Rangers||NHL||78||10||45||55||62||6||1||2||3||2|
|1987–88||New York Rangers||NHL||70||17||45||62||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||68||11||36||47||41||4||0||1||1||2|
|1989–90||New York Rangers||NHL||73||14||43||57||50||10||3||8||11||0|
|1990–91||New York Rangers||NHL||74||10||49||59||58||6||0||0||0||6|
|1991–92||New York Rangers||NHL||80||14||57||71||54||13||0||7||7||12|
|1992–93||New York Rangers||NHL||60||5||21||26||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||New York Rangers||NHL||6||0||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Sabres fire assistant coaches Patrick, Adams". TSN. May 9, 2013.
- Fox, Luke (April 10, 2017). "NHL Black Monday Roundup: L.A. Kings clean house". Sportsnet. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- Howard, Devin (June 6, 2017). "New ICE head coach excited to work with junior players". The Drive FM. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame - Steve Patrick Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
- "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- James Patrick's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
| New York Rangers first round draft pick
| Buffalo Sabres captain