2011 Professional Award

Professional Athlete Award 

 Pat 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 198788 season, when he scored a club record 46 goals during the regular season. After the 198889 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 19992000 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 200102.

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