Pat Price (ice hockey)
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Shaun Patrick Price (born March 24, 1955) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Vancouver Blazers and the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.
March 24, 1955|
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
11th overall, 1975|
New York Islanders
1st overall, 1974|
Born in Nelson, British Columbia, Price was a highly-touted junior star with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL), scoring 95 points – despite being a defenceman – in the 1973–74 WCHL season. In the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, Price was drafted number one overall by the Vancouver Blazers. The WHA had trouble holding onto its draft picks, who often went to the more established NHL teams, but the Blazers landed the untested rookie with a contract offer of $1.3 million ($6.87 million today).
Price did not meet the Blazers' expectations, scoring 34 points in the 1974–75 WHA season, and he went to the NHL after being drafted 11th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. Price spent most of that season in the minor leagues, as he learned the professional game.
Despite the original expectation that he should be a scoring defenceman with Vancouver in his rookie season, Price grew to be a balanced professional, playing 726 total NHL games over 13 seasons, scoring 43 goals and 218 assists before retiring in 1988.
After retiring, Price returned to his hometown of Nelson, British Columbia. In the early 2000s, Price became a volunteer coach of a local junior hockey team and led them to the Provincials in their 1997–98 season.
|1975–76||New York Islanders||NHL||4||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Fort Worth Texans||CHL||72||6||44||50||119||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||New York Islanders||NHL||71||3||22||25||25||10||0||1||1||2|
|1977–78||New York Islanders||NHL||52||2||10||12||27||5||0||1||1||2|
|1978–79||New York Islanders||NHL||55||3||11||14||50||7||0||1||1||25|
|1986–87||New York Rangers||NHL||13||0||2||2||49||6||0||1||1||27|
|1987–88||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||14||0||2||2||20||—||—||—||—||—|
| New York Islanders first round draft pick
| WHA First Overall Draft Pick
| Vancouver Blazers first round draft pick