Top 10 Patricks

By: Tim Kolupanowich


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a countdown of the top 10 players of all-time named Patrick. Among those names are two goalies, two defensemen and six forwards. There are two franchise wins leaders and two franchise scoring leaders, three Hall of Famers, four captains and five Stanley Cup champions. Seven players are from Canada, two from the United States and one from the Czech Republic. So grab a green beer, give your car keys to a friend and see if your favorite Patrick makes the list.

10. Patrick Lalime, G

Although Lalime went out without any fanfare, winning just nine games in 47 appearances over three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, he was a solid ‘tender early on in his career. Lalime set a record in the 1996-97 season by going undefeated in his first 16 career starts (14-0-2) with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He filled in for Ken Wregget and won his first game on December 6 and wouldn’t lose until January 23, finishing the season on the All-Rookie team. The majority of his success in the NHL came with Ottawa where he was the starter for five seasons prior to the 2004-05 lockout. Lalime is their all-time wins leader with 146, 74 more than Ron Tugnutt and while he is famous for imploding against Toronto in the first round of the 2004 playoffs, Lalime posted a respectable .926 save percentage and 1.77 goals-against average in 41 postseason contests, leading the Sens to Game 7 of the 2003 Eastern Conference final, earning a spot in the All-Star Game that season.

9. Pat Stapleton, D

Between 1965-66 and ’70-71, Stapleton finished outside of the top five scorers among defensemen just once when he finished seventh with 34 points in ’66-67. He helped Chicago reach the Stanley Cup final in 1971 and 1973 where they were defeated by Montreal both times. In 635 games, Stapleton totaled 43-294-337 with 353 PIM and a plus-154, adding 27-212-239, 187 PIM and a minus-38 in 372 games for the World Hockey Association. In the playoffs he had 10-39-49 with 38 PIM in 65 games in the NHL and 2-21-23 with 38 PIM in 28 WHA games. Stapleton played in four All-Star Games and was a three-time second team All-Star in the NHL.

8. Lynn Patrick, C

A member of the famous Patrick clan, Lynn played for the New York Rangers for 10 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 1940. Patrick led the NHL in goal 1941-42 with 32, eight more than the runners-up, and finished second in points with 54, just two behind linemate Bryan Hextall. In total, Patrick put up 145-190-335 with 240 PIM in 455 regular season games and 10-6-16 with 22 PIM in 44 post season contests. He was a first team All-Star in 1942, a second team All-Star in 1943 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

7. James Patrick, D

No relation to the above-mentioned Patricks, James played 1,280 games between 1983-84 and 2003-04 with the Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately, Patrick just missed out on winning the Stanley Cup in 1994 as he was traded from the Rangers to the Whalers for Steve Larmer, Nick Kypreos, Barry Richter and a 6th Round draft pick. The Blueshirts originally took him ninth overall in the 1981 draft, ahead of legendary blueliners Al MacInnis and Chris Chelios and he was a solid points producer early in his career, recording at least 10 goals in eight of his first 11 seasons and topping 40 points seven times including a career high 71 in 1991-92. He never won a Stanley Cup, but did reach the final with the Buffalo Sabres in 1999 and finished with 149-490-639 along with 759 PIM and a plus-104. In 117 playoff games he had 6-32-38 with 86 PIM and a minus-7.

(Tim Kolupanowich/CM)

(Tim Kolupanowich/CM)

6. Patrick Sharp, C/LW

One of the underrated all-time bad trades, Sharp was sent from Philadelphia to Chicago in December 2005 for Matt Ellison and a 3rd Round draft pick, a move that would come back to haunt the Flyers as he helped the Blackhawks take the Stanley Cup over Philly in 2010 with 11 goals and 22 points in 22 games including four goals and six points in six Cup final games. Since his first full season for the Blackhawks, Sharp, the 95th pick in 2001, has put up at least 20 goals a season, recording 30 three times, and has blossomed into one of the top two-way forwards in the NHL. Between the 2009 and 2010 playoffs, only Patrick Kane had more goals (19) for Chicago than Sharp’s 18. In 591 regular season games, Sharp has posted 198-205-403 with 391 PIM and a plus-74 with an All-Star Game appearance in 2011. He has 23-17-40 with 30 PIM and a plus-6 in 64 playoff games.

(Ivanmakarov/Wikimedia Commons)

(Ivanmakarov/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Patrick Marleau, LW

Marleau was taken second overall in the 1997 draft and at 33 has already played 15 seasons and 1,144 career games. Three times he has led San Jose in scoring and finished in the top three 10 times. He is San Jose’s all-time leader in goals and points, totaling 401-451-852 along with 385 PIM and a plus-26. He has added 52-36-88 with 63 PIM and a minus-11 in 129 playoff matches. Earlier this season, Marleau scored two goals in each of the first four games of the season, the first time that feat was accomplished since the NHL’s first season in 1917-18. The captain of the Sharks from 2004 to 2009, Marleau, a three time All-Str Game participant, helped them reach the Western Conference final in 2004, 2010 and 2011 and is tied with Joe Pavelski for most goals in one playoff year with nine in 2006.

(life is good/Flickr)

(life is good/Flickr)

4. Patrick Kane, RW

There may not be another player in the NHL with as much poise and confidence handling the puck than Kane. Selected first overall in 2007, Kane had an immediate impact recording 72 points and winning the Calder Trophy as a 19-year-old. Along with Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, Kane is part of a core that quickly turned the floundering Blackhawks into a legitimate contender then a Stanley Cup champion, scoring the overtime clincher in the 2010 final against Philadelphia. In 427 regular season games Kane has recorded 141-262-403 with 184 PIM and a plus-35. In the postseason he has 20-32-52 with 30 PIM and a minus-11 in 51 games. He has been an All-Star three of four times (Olympics and the lockout cancelled the 2010 and 2013 All-Star Games) in his career and was an All-Rookie Team member in 2008 and a first team All-Star in 2010.

3. Pat LaFontaine, C

LaFontaine is the all-time leader among American-born players in goals per game (.541) and points per game (1.171) and the 148 points he totaled in 1992-93 are 25 more than the next highest single-season total (Kevin Stevens, 123). Selected third overall in 1983, LaFontaine recorded 50 goals and 100 points twice and 40 goals seven times. He finished his career with 468-545-1,013, 552 PIM and a minus-4 in 865 games, adding 26-36-62, 36 PIM and a minus-14 in 69 playoff games. LaFontaine played in five All-Star Games, was a second team All-Star in 1993, was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 1995 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

(Michael Miller/Wikimedia Commons)

(Michael Miller/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Patrik Elias, C/LW

The highly underrated Elias has been the anchor of the New Jersey Devils’ offense since the 1999-2000 season, leading the team in scoring seven times and finishing second three other times since. Elias is New Jersey’s all-time leader in goals (370), assists (551), points (921), power play goals (102), game-winning goals (78), overtime goals (15) and games played (1,071) and plus-minus (plus-193) among forwards. In 2000-01 he set the Devils single-season points record, putting up 40-56-96 to finish third in overall scoring and earning a birth on the first all-star team. In 162 playoff games, Elias recorded 45-80-125 with 89 PIM and a plus-16, reaching the Stanley Cup final four times and winning twice. He played in three All-Star Games and was named to the All-Rookie team in 1998.

(Rick Dikeman/Wikimedia Commons)

(Rick Dikeman/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Patrick Roy, G

The one they call St. Patrick, Roy is easily one of the most accomplished goalies in the history of hockey. The three-time Vezina Trophy winner is second all-time with 551 regular season wins and first with 151 playoff victories, 38 more than Martin Brodeur as only three times in 17 trips to the playoffs did he fail to make it past the first round. He is also the only player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy three times as well as win 200 games with two different teams as he is second all-time in victories for Montreal with 289 and first for Quebec/Colorado with 262. Selected 51st overall in 1984, Roy’s record in 1,029 games was 551-315-131 with 66 shutouts, a .910 save percentage and 2.54 GAA. In the playoffs he was 151-94 with 23 shutouts, a .918 save percentage and 2.30 GAA. Eleven times he played in an All-Star Game, four times he was a first team All-Star, two times a second team All-Star and was on the All-Rookie team in 1986. Roy, one of six players in history to have his jersey number retired by two different teams, was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2006.


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