|Patrick Martin Verbeek
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 5.24.64 Sarnia, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Hartford Whalers for Sylvain Turgeon, 6.17.89
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Verbeek developed a hard work ethic from growing up and working on a farm, and on a team full of young, hard
working players, he became a favorite.
He also may have been small in stature with a lot of speed, but he was one player that you just didn't screw around with.
That's why he got so many penalty minutes. (It later earned him the nickname "The Little Ball of Hate." I get a kick out
of that.) It's also just evidence that he played big.
He nearly lost his left thumb in an accident on his farm during the 1985 off season. It was indeed sliced off, but would
be saved after his father investigated the equipment to find it and a 6-hour surgery. The accident nearly ended his
career, but the surgery saved it. Reading about this story makes me wonder if he was the Devils' Masterton nominee
He would come back better than ever after PT. In time, he would end up setting the team record for goals in a season
with 46, and power play goals with 17. (Both records later broken, of course.)
So why would he be traded for, of all people, Sylvain Turgeon? That's regarded by Rich Chere as the worst trade in
team history. Turgeon lasted only one year in Jersey, while Verbeek became an All-Star and captain of the Whalers.
Beeker also played a couple seasons with the Rangers, a couple with the Red Wings, and 2 stints with the Stars. He
would score 500 goals in his career in the end, getting #500 while with the Wings.
And speaking of the Wings, he had worked with them as one of their pro scouts since 2006. Prior to that, he did
color commentary for Red Wings' road games on TV on a part-time basis. When Steve Yzerman joined the Tampa
Bay Lightning as their GM in 2010, Verbeek followed him to become his Assistant and Director of Pro Scouting.
|Entry Draft: 1982 Third Round Pick (43rd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise