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Born October 26, 1978 (1978-10-26) (age 31),
Belmont, MA, US
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position LW/RW
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft undrafted
Career 2002 – present

Patrick Rissmiller (born October 26, 1978 in Belmont, Massachusetts) is an American professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.



Rissmiller was born in Boston and grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts. He is the fourth of eight children of David and Patricia Rissmiller. He attended Belmont High School (where he was cut from the varsity hockey team), but transferred to Williston Northampton School. He completed a post-graduate year at The Hill School before attending Holy Cross. Rissmiller's youngest brother Bernie, recently had his number #17 retired at the famous BB&N school in Boston. After a shattering 53 goal 12 assist season with the Knights, Bernie went on to follow Patrick's footsteps at prep school.

College career

Rissmiller played at the College of the Holy Cross of the NCAA. He is considered to be one of the best male hockey player to ever come from that college. Rissmiller's best season was when he scored 16 goals and added 30 assists in 2001–2002. He was noted for his physical domination and strong two-way play for Holy Cross. In total, he scored 53 goals and 90 assists in 131 games for the college. Undrafted, he signed his first pro contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Pro career

In 2002–03, after a 2 game stint (in which he had four points) with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, he had 14 goals and 26 assists in 72 games for the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, a great total for a rookie. In the midst of the 2003–04 NHL season, Rissmiller was called up to San Jose, where he registered no points in four games. That year, however, he had 14 goals and 31 assists in 75 games in the AHL. Continuing to gain experience, Rissmiller played the year of the NHL lockout in Cleveland and potted 21 goals and 23 assists in 69 games playing on the top line. In the 2005–06 season, Rissmiller put up 15 goals and 32 assists in 68 games, before injuries to the Sharks gave Rissmiller a chance to play in the NHL. In the 2006–07 NHL season Rissmiller totaled 22 points for the Sharks including 7 goals and 15 assists. On April 27, 2006 Rissmiller scored his first career playoff goal off a deflection from a shot taken by fellow rookie Matt Carle.

He signed a two-year-contract worth $990,000 in August 2006.

Rissmiller suffered a shoulder separation and a broken foot in the 2006 playoffs. However, he played (and scored one goal) until San Jose was eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers.

In Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Rissmiller scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime against the Nashville Predators.

On July 1, 2008, he signed a 3 year, $3 million deal with the New York Rangers.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 2 2 2 4 0
2002–03 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 14 26 40 24
2003–04 Cleveland Barons AHL 75 14 31 45 66 9 0 1 1 8
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Cleveland Barons AHL 69 21 23 44 50
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 68 15 37 52 30
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 18 3 3 6 8 11 2 1 3 6
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 7 15 22 22 11 1 3 4 0
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 8 9 17 30 8 0 0 0 4
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 182 18 27 45 60 30 3 4 7 10


  • 2006 AHL PlanetUSA All-Star
  • 2005–2006 Cleveland Barons Most Valuable Player
  • 2001–2002 MAAC Hockey League Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2001–2002 Walter Brown Award Finalist (issued to the best American born hockey player in New England)

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