Patrick Martin Verbeek (born May 24, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current assistant general manager for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Verbeek played for five teams over a 20 year playing career, earning a Stanley Cup ring with the Dallas Stars in 1999. His nickname, "The Little Ball of Hate", was given to him in 1995 by Glenn Healy after fellow New York Rangers teammate Ray Ferraro was tagged as the "Big Ball of Hate".
Verbeek in 2014 before a ceremonial puck drop
May 24, 1964|
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
43rd overall, 1982|
New Jersey Devils
Verbeek was selected 43rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He helped the Devils to their first playoff berth in the 1987–88 season, when he scored what was a club record 46 goals until it was broken in the 2005–06 season by Brian Gionta's 48 goals.
On May 15, 1985, one of Verbeek's thumbs was cut off by an auger in a farming accident. Thanks to his father and brother his thumb was saved, and after extensive rehabilitation, Verbeek returned to hockey. He did not miss any regular-season NHL games because of the injury.
On April 18, 1988, Verbeek cut the leg of Washington Capitals defenseman Rod Langway with his skate. The NHL ruled the incident accidental, but the episode added to the Patrick Division rivalry between Washington and New Jersey.
After the 1988–89 season, the Devils traded him to the Hartford Whalers. In his first season, he led the team in goal scoring and in his second he was named team MVP. In 1991, he made the All-Star team for the first time and in the following season, Verbeek was named the Whalers captain. After a short stint with the Rangers, he signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent, where he won his first Stanley Cup in 1999.
During the 1999–2000 season, he signed with the Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, he passed the 1,000-point mark, scored his 500th goal, and moved into the top 25 in career goal scoring before returning to Dallas for his final NHL season in 2001–02.
After retirement, he became a part-time color analyst for television broadcasts of Red Wings' road games. Verbeek is the only player in NHL history to total over 500 career goals and 2500 career penalty minutes. He left his position as a broadcaster in September 2006, to become a scout for the Red Wings. On May 6, 2019, Verbeek was named an assistant general manager for the Detroit Red Wings.
Verbeek and his wife Dianne have four daughters and a son. The family resides in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1982–83||New Jersey Devils||NHL||6||3||2||5||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||New Jersey Devils||NHL||79||20||27||47||158||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||New Jersey Devils||NHL||78||15||18||33||162||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||New Jersey Devils||NHL||76||25||27||53||79||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||35||24||59||120||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||73||46||31||77||227||20||4||8||12||51|
|1988–89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||77||26||21||47||189||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||New York Rangers||NHL||19||10||5||15||18||10||4||6||10||20|
|1995–96||New York Rangers||NHL||69||41||41||82||129||11||3||6||9||12|
|1999–2000||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||68||22||26||48||95||9||1||1||2||2|
|2000–01||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||67||15||15||30||73||5||2||0||2||6|
- "Verbeek Healing Well". The New York Times. June 14, 1985. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
- "1982 NHL Entry Draft – Pat Verbeek". HockeyDraftCentral.com. Retrieved February 25, 2008.
- Kulfan, Ted (May 6, 2019). "Pat Verbeek reunites with Steve Yzerman, Red Wings with front-office position". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 6, 2019.