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March 7, 1984 (Rangers at Minnesota North Stars)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Oct. 19, 1993 (Rangers vs. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1987-88
Players` Player Award — 1987-88
Rangers Good Guy Award — 1986-87
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE IN RANGERS ORGANIZATION
1982 World Junior Championships in Minnesota
1983 World Junior Championships in USSR
1983 World Championships in Germany
1984 Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1987 World Championships in Austria
1987 Canada Cup
1989 World Championships in Sweden
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most playoff assists — 1990 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Full Name: James Alan Patrick
Uniform Numbers: 3
Retired from NHL: Sept. 8, 2005
A 10-year member of the Blueshirts, James Patrick left his mark as one of New York`s finest two-way defenseman.
A point-producing blueliner who was also able to shut down the opponents` top line, Patrick captured numerous team awards during his tenure from 1984 until 1993, highlighted by the 1987-88 season, when he won both the Rangers MVP and Players` Player Awards.
Chosen ninth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Patrick joined the Rangers immediately following his stint on the Canadian National Team at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. He appeared in 12 games that season, highlighted by a three-assist performance in his second NHL game, which was played in his hometown of Winnipeg.
In his first full NHL season, Patrick recorded eight goals and 28 assists for 36 points and 71 penalty minutes in 75 games. It would be the last time he failed to reach double digits in goals as a Ranger until the1992-93 campaign, when a herniated disc in his back. ut his season short.
Nicknamed "Jeep," Patrick had a knack for coming through in big situations for the Blueshirts. One of his best clutch performances came in the final game of the 1985-86 season, as he scored with 16 second remaining to tie the Capitals and clinch the Patrick Division`s final playoff spot. He also set a Rangers single-season record (since broken) for power-play goals by a defenseman with nine in 1987-88.
Patrick was named the Rangers alternate captain prior to 1988-89 season and held that position through 1991-92 season, which was also the highest-scoring campaign of his 20-year NHL career. In 1991-92, Patrick skated in 80 games and recorded 14 goals and 57 assists for 71 points, posting career highs in points, assists, and games played.
No. 3 was traded away towards the beginning of New York`s 1993-94 championship season in a deal that brought Steve Larmer to the Rangers. Although the bittersweet trade saw one of the most popular players leave the Rangers, it also helped bring the team its first Stanley Cup in 54 years.
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