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Pat Verbeek
Selected in third round
No. 43 overall by New Jersey

Born May 24, 1964
Position: Center
Height: 5-9   Weight: 190
Last Team: Sudbury (OHL)                                
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Wyoming, Ontario
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1979-80 PetroliaJr. B 4117 2441 85
1980-81 PetroliaJr. B 4244 4488 155
1981-82 SudburyOHL 6637 5188 180

OHL Emms Family Award (Rookie of Year):
1981-82 (Sudbury)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as the No. 15 OHL prospect for the 1982 NHL draft. ... Was Sudbury's first-round pick, No. 3 overall in 1981 OHL priority selection. ... Played center throughout his minor hockey career and first OHL season.
Debut: March 21, 1983 (N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey)
Numbers:  12, 16 (New Jersey); 16 (Hartford); 17, 16 (N.Y. Rangers); 16 (Dallas); 15 (Detroit)
Stanley Cup: 1999.  Playing Status: Retired April 23, 2003
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1983-2002 New Jersey, Hartford,
NYR, Dallas, Detroit
1,424 522541 1,0632,905
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1988-2001 New Jersey, Hartford,
NYR, Dallas, Detroit
117 2636 62225

All-Star Game:
1991 (Hartford), 1996 (N.Y. Rangers)
New Jersey Three-Stars Leader: 1987-88
New Jersey Player of Year (Fan Club Vote): 1987-88
New Jersey Rookie of Year (Fan Club Vote): 1983-84
Hartford Kravitz Award (MVP): 1990-91
Hartford Three-Stars Leader: 1990-91
Hartford WTIC True Grit Award (Determination): 1989-90
Hartford Booster Club MVP: 1990-91
Hartford Captain: Oct. 12, 1992, until March 23, 1995
New Jersey Records: Most goals in one season (46 in 1987-88), most goals by a right wing in one season (46 in 1987-88)
Hartford/Carolina Records: Most assists by a right wing in one season (45 in 1989-90)
New Jersey Goals Leader: 1986-87 (35), 1987-88 (46)
New Jersey Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1983-84 (158), 1984-85 (162)
Hartford Points Leader: 1990-91 (82), 1993-94 (75)
Hartford Goals Leader: 1989-90 (44), 1990-91 (43)
Hartford Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1989-90 (228), 1990-91 (246), 1991-92 (243), 1993-94 (177)
Hartford Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1990 (26), 1991 (40)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1995 (20)
Dallas Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1997-98 (170), 1998-99 (133)
Dallas Playoffs Assists Leader: 1997 (3, tie)
1982-83: Played on first New Jersey Devils team.
Scouting Career: Named Detroit pro scout on Sept. 7, 2006, and remained in that position through 2006-07 season.
Broadcasting Career: Worked as Detroit TV studio analyst (part-time role) while out of hockey during 2002-03 season. ... Named Detroit part-time TV color commentator prior to 2003-04 season and remained in that position until Sept. 7, 2006.
Miscellaneous: Drafted by former Colorado Rockies team that had already committed to moving to New Jersey for 1982-83 season. The team, however, had no official name at the time Verbeek was drafted. ... Called up to New Jersey for balance of 1982-83 season after his Sudbury team failed to qualify for 1983 OHL playoffs. ... Played center for New Jersey in 1982-83 and 1983-84. ... Also played right wing for New Jersey in 1983-84. ... Tied New Jersey franchise record (since broken) for assists in one game by a rookie with three vs. Winnipeg on Feb. 22, 1984. ... Missed start of 1985-86 season with the flu, an illness contracted in October 1985. ... Became a full-time right wing for New Jersey during 1985-86 season after having split time between center and right wing. ... Played on line with Aaron Broten and Kirk Muller for New Jersey in 1986-87. ... Missed parts of 1986-87 season with pulled side muscle, an injury suffered in March 1987, and with right knee injury, suffered during New Jersey's March 29, 1987, game vs. St. Louis. ... Set New Jersey single-season record (since broken) with 17 power-play goals in 1986-87. ... Tied New Jersey franchise record (since broken) for consecutive games with at least one point during 1987-88 season (12 from Dec. 26, 1987, to Jan. 19, 1988). ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with strained ligament in left knee, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Jan. 25, 1988, game vs. Buffalo. ... Set New Jersey record (since broken) for shots in one game with 10 vs. Pittsburgh on March 29, 1988. ... Set New Jersey single-season records (since broken) for game-winning goals (8), points by a right wing (77) and plus-minus rating (plus-29) in 1987-88. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with bruised chest, an injury suffered when he was checked by Paul MacDermid during New Jersey's Oct. 28, 1988, game vs. Hartford. ... Left New Jersey in 1989 with franchise records (since broken) for career goals (170), career power-play goals (53), career penalty minutes (943), career minor penalties (309) and career hat tricks (5). ... Began playing left wing as well as right wing after trade to Hartford in 1989. ... Played on line with Ron Francis for Hartford in 1989-90 season. ... Named NHL Player of the Week for week ending March 4, 1990. ... Was only NHL player to lead his team in goals and penalty minutes for both 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. ... Played mostly left wing for Hartford during 1990-91 season, before shifting back to primary duties on right wing the following season. ... Named NHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 20, 1991. ... Named Hartford captain and signed largest contract in franchise history in October 1992. His deal was for $3.3 million over three years, including 1992-93 season, which was renegotiated to replace the final year of arbitration deal he had been awarded earlier in 1992. Verbeek was to earn $950,000 in 1992-93 instead of the $820,000 he was due. He was also given a $150,000 signing bonus and guaranteed $1.1 million in both 1993-94 and 1994-95. ... Was Hartford's representative to NHLPA during latter years with Whalers. ... Scored his 400th career NHL goal for N.Y. Rangers on Jan. 10, 1996, vs. San Jose. ... Scored goal and assisted on Ray Bourque's game-winner in 1996 NHL All-Star Game at Boston. ... Missed parts of 1995-96 season with left knee injury, suffered in N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 17, 1996, game at Ottawa, with separated shoulder, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 1, 1996, game vs. Buffalo, and with back spasms, suffered during N.Y. Rangers' April 7, 1996, game at New Jersey. He was out with shoulder injury from March 2, 1996, until N.Y. Rangers' March 31, 1996, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Signed three-year contract with Dallas as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 3, 1996. .... Played in his 1,000th NHL game for Dallas on Nov. 11, 1996, at Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Dallas' Jan. 4, 1997, game at Boston. ... Became first player in NHL history to have 400 career goals and 2,500 career penalty minutes when he achieved feat during 1997-98 season with his 2,500th penalty minute during Dallas' March 20, 1998 game vs. Carolina. ... Missed remainder of 1998-99 season and start of 1999 playoffs with sprained knee, an injury suffered in Dallas' April 14, 1999, game vs. Phoenix. ... Suspended one game by NHL during 1999 playoffs for slashing Pierre Turgeon's knee with 2:18 left in Game 1 of Dallas' second-round playoff series vs. St. Louis on May 6, 1999. Jamal Mayers of the Blues, who slashed Darryl Sydor two minutes later in retaliation for the Verbeek slash, was also given a one-game suspension, with both players forced to sit out Game 2. ... Became a Group III unrestricted free agent after winning Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, but failed to catch on with any team during off-season and had to wait until start of 1999-00 season before finding a new NHL home. ... Signed two-year contract with Detroit as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Nov. 10, 1999. ... Recorded his 500th NHL assist for Detroit on Jan. 19, 2000, at Vancouver. ... Scored 1,000th NHL point for Detroit on Feb. 27, 2000, vs. Tampa Bay. The point came as an assist on a goal by Steve Yzerman just 40 seconds into the game. ... Scored 500th career NHL goal for Detroit on March 22, 2000, vs. Calgary, beating Flames goalie Fred Brathwaite. By scoring that goal, he also became the first and only player in NHL history with 500 career goals and 2,500 career penalty minutes. ... Signed with Dallas as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Aug. 31, 2001. ... Missed part of 2001-02 season with bruised knee, an injury suffered during Dallas' Nov. 29, 2001, game at Calgary. ... Missed remainder of 2001-02 season with strained groin, suffered during what would prove to be his final NHL game for Dallas on April 1, 2002, vs. Columbus. ... Became Group III unrestricted free agent following 2001-02 season, but failed to catch on with another NHL team and made his retirement official at end of 2002-03 season.
Saving Verbeek's Thumb: A bizarre farming accident nearly cost Verbeek half of his left thumb during the 1985 off-season. On May 15, 1985, while working on a corn-planting machine (auger) on his 200-acre farm near Forest, Ontario, Verbeek had his thumb cut off between the knuckles. In addition, three fingers on his left hand were severely lacerated. The accident happened while Verbeek was reaching into a fertilizer bin to prevent a stray piece of paper from finding its way into the system and damaging equipment. In doing this, he slipped into the machinery. His left hand went directly into the moving auger, which sliced off his thumb and cut into his fingers. The injury was a clear threat to his hockey career, but swift reaction by Verbeek's brother Brian saved the day. Brian immediately loaded Pat into his truck and rushed him 20 miles to St. Joseph's Hospital in Sarnia, Ontario. Unfortunately, they did not bring the severed portion of Verbeek's thumb with them. Once they reached the hospital, Brian Verbeek phoned home and told his father, Gerry Verbeek, to go out to Pat's farm and look for the thumb in one of four fertilizer bins where it would have landed. Gerry Verbeek promptly found the thumb and transported it to the hospital, where doctors managed to surgically re-attach it. The microsurgery operation took six hours, and literally saved Verbeek's career. After the operation, Verbeek went to University Hospital in London, Ontario, where he underwent physical therapy to regain the use of his hand. By August, he was able to lift weights, and he later made it through New Jersey's 1985 training camp with no problems.
Verbeek's Holdout: Verbeek missed the entire 1991 preseason and the first three games of the 1991-92 season due to a contract dispute with Whalers management. The problems traced back to the summer of 1991. Verbeek, who made $270,000 in 1990-91, was entering his option year in 1991-92, and Hartford was looking to renegotiate that final season as part of a new, long-term contract. The Whalers offered Verbeek and his agent, Ron Salcer, a four-year, $2.4 million deal paid out at $600,000 annually. The offer was the biggest contract proposal in the history of the Whalers franchise, but it was not enough for Verbeek. Unhappy with the shape of negotiations, Verbeek fired Salcer and went to Team Canada's training camp for the Canada Cup without a new agent in place. Verbeek didn't last long at the training camp, as he was among the first players cut. He hired a new agent in Tony Abbatine, turned his attention back to the Whalers, and reported to training camp without a new contract in September 1991. Verbeek and Abbatine asked for contracts worth an average of $1.3 million per year. Contract negotiations continued with Verbeek in training camp, but he remained unhappy with Hartford's offer and immediately threatened to leave. On Sept. 10, 1991, Hartford was willing to increase its offer to $700,000 per year, although the Whalers said they would go no higher than that. On Sept. 13, 1991, Verbeek delivered on his threat, leaving the team at Abbatine's urging and going home to Wyoming, Ontario. Because he left the team while still under contract for a year, Verbeek was fined daily by the Whalers during his absence. He also cost himself a chance to be named Hartford's captain for 1991-92. Whalers general manager laughed at Abbatine's demands, saying Verbeek would never be paid that much money. Abbatine had never dealt with NHL players prior to Verbeek, and his main negotiating experience was in the much higher-paying sport of baseball. Abbatine ultimately decided to let Verbeek's case go to an NHL arbitrator because he believed he could argue successfully for his client. Verbeek, however, grew tired of waiting for the arbitration hearing. On Oct. 12, 1991, he decided he wanted to return to the team regardless of what Abbatine might say. He opted to play out the final year of his contract while he waited for arbitration to run its course. Although some Hartford fans booed Verbeek when he finally returned, things got even worse for him when the team decided not to renew his alternate captain status. Verbeek's arbitration hearing was finally held in Toronto on Dec. 11, 1991, and in the end, Abbatine's strategy prevailed in bringing the Whalers above their $700,000 ceiling. NHL arbitrator Monte Harris needed more than two months to reach his final decision on Feb. 14, 1992. Harris ruled that Verbeek would get a two-year contract worth $820,000 per season. It was the largest arbitration award ever given to a player on a U.S.-based NHL team. Yet, ironically, Verbeek's contract did not make him the team's highest player. That honor went to John Cullen, who was earning $900,000 in 1991-92 as a result of a four-year deal he and agent Salcer negotiated in early October 1991. Verbeek would end up waiting until his contract was renegotiated in October 1992 to finally become the team's highest-paid player.
The Bar Brawl: On April 1, 1994, Verbeek was fined $500 by Hartford for his role in a March 25, fight outside a Buffalo nightclub. The fight took place between Whalers players Verbeek, Geoff Sanderson, Chris Pronger, Mark Janssens, Marc Potvin, Todd Harkins and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy, who all got into a dispute with bouncers at the Network nightclub owned by Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. The bouncers accused the hockey players of instigating the fight, but an NHL review cleared them of this accusation. Nevertheless, the players were charged with trespassing, to which they pleaded guilty. Hartford initially suspended all the players, but reduced their penalty to $500 fines (donated to charity) after the NHL deemed they were not at fault for the fight. The Whalers did, however, suspend McCarthy and assistant coach Paul Gillis two games for allowing 19-year-old Pronger to enter the nightclub even though they knew he was underage. The fight took place after 3 a.m. on a Saturday, but the players insisted they had not started the fight or thrown punches at the bouncers.
Post-Draft Teams: Sudbury (OHL)
World Cup of Hockey: 1996 (second place)
World Championships: 1989 (silver medal), 1994 (gold medal)
World Junior Championships: 1983 (bronze medal)
Sudbury Captain:
Miscellaneous: Never played in minor leagues. ... Also played right wing for Sudbury in 1982-83. ... Named OHL's hardest-working player in a 1982-83 poll of league coaches. ... Attended Team Canada training camp for 1991 Canada Cup, but did not make final tournament roster. ... Worked on family farm in Wyoming, Ontario, during off-seasons of his early NHL playing days before purchasing his own farm near Forest, Ontario. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days in Hartford, including work with team's anti-hunger program, Special Olympics and the Leukemia Society. ... Spent 2002-03 season with his family in Detroit prior to his official retirement.
Personal: Nicknamed "Beeker" and "Little Ball of Hate." ... Full name is Patrick Verbeek. ... Older brother of former minor-leaguer Brian Verbeek and minor-leaguer Tim Verbeek.
TRADE: New Jersey traded Verbeek to Hartford in exchange for Sylvain Turgeon on June 17, 1989. Verbeek did not actually find out about the deal until June 27, 1989, when he returned from a hunting trip in a remote section of Ontario.

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