Professional Athlete Award
Verbeek - Hockey
Born May 24, 1964
Hometown - Wyoming, Ontario.
Pat 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 a club record 46 goals
during the regular season. 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.