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Born June 14, 1963 (1963-06-14) (age 46),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Pro clubs New York Rangers
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1981
New York Rangers
Career 1983 – 2004
2005 – 2006

James Patrick (born June 14, 1963, in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman, and is now a coach with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. He is half Ukrainian (father Stepan Patrick (Ukrainian Patrebka, later changed to Patrick) played for Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was born into a prominent family from Lviv region in Ukraine) and half English.

After a successful collegiate career at the University of North Dakota, Patrick represented Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. After the Olympics, Patrick signed his first professional contract on March 5, 1984, and made his NHL debut two days later in Minnesota. Patrick scored his first NHL goal on March 17, 1984, in Philadelphia. Patrick enjoyed ten productive seasons in New York before being traded to the Hartford Whalers and then to the Calgary Flames during the 1993–94 season.

After several years in Calgary, Patrick signed with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent after the 1997–98 season. Though he was chosen to play in the 1987 Canada Cup and many other international events, Patrick was never selected to the NHL All Star game. He ranks high among defenceman in both all times game played (1280) and total points (639). Patrick set a record (since broken) for career games played by a Team Canada player with 40 career games, breaking previous record of 37 games in 2002. On September 8, 2005, Patrick announced his retirement from the NHL at the age of 42. He was immediately named to the Sabres' staff as a skill development coach. However, he left the team before the season to play in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Frankfurt Lions.

On September 12, 2006, Patrick was re-signed as an assistant coach with Buffalo. He now lives in East Amherst with his wife and two daughters.

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Preceded by
Chris Drury
Buffalo Sabres captains
December 2003
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Dumont
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