|Patrick John Conacher
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 5.1.59 Edmonton, Alberta
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Edmonton Oilers, 8.14.85
How he left: Traded to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations, 9.3.92
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Conacher was small in stature, but he played the game like a big man at times. He played a hard-working rugged style.
While he was a good second line scoring center on lower levels (Juniors and minors, I mean.), as a Devil, he got more
regular work in the NHL by being moved to left wing and taking a more defensive role, which he played well,
especially during the Miracle of '88 playoff run.
That rugged style, however, did lead him to being injured quite frequently. He has had troubles with a knee, a groin, and
even had postseason shoulder surgery after the 88-89 season while in New Jersey.
He would be traded to the Kings in time to play in what would be the best season in that team's history (until 2012), as
they made it to the Stanley Cup finals, but lost to the Montreal Canadiens in 6 games. Let me be the eternal optimist
about it, though: He'll always have 1984, playing in 3 games for the Oilers during their run for the Cup, thus, him
getting a Cup ring himself.
He would be a mainstay in LA until 1996, when he was rented by the Calgary Flames for about a month, then finished
the season with the Islanders. He would retire after the season was over and went into broadcasting for one season,
doing color for the Ducks' radio team.
He attempted a comeback during the 97-98 season with the Canadian National Team, playing 34 games with them. He
also served as an assistant coach while he played that year.
The coaching jobs kept coming, though. He finished the 99-00 season as the head man for the WHL's Kelowna
Rockets. Then, during the 00-01 season, he became an assistant for the Phoenix Coyotes and served there until 2004,
when he took over as the head coach of the AHL's Utah Grizzlies for the following season. He moved on to the San
Antonio Rampage for the 05-06 season.
I have no record of between 2007, his last year with the Rampage, and 2011, when he took over as coach of the
Regina Pats of the WHL. He would stay there until 2013, when he took on his current role of GM and Director of
Hockey Operations with the Utica Comets.
|Entry Draft: 1979 Fourth Round Pick (76th overall) by the
New York Rangers
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise