James Patrick was born in the year 1963 on June 14th. He was brought up in Canada by his father and step mother. His mother passed away just after he was born and it was very difficult for his father to manage him and his job. Thus, he decided to marry again. However, he never received any step-motherly behaviour from his mother. She loved him a lot and took great care of him. He was brought up in a Christian culture. His father was a service man so he did not get enough time to spend with his father. He was very much comfortable with his step mother.
He developed a sudden interest towards ice hockey when he was only nine years old. Seeing his immense interest in ice hockey, his mother admitted him to a training school. He also took regular classes in his school. Besides this, he also excelled in his studies. He was a very good student and always held a rank in his school. The scenario did not change when he went to the high school and he balanced both the sides of his life very well.
He completed his graduation and joined the University of North Dakota to pursue his further education. He sharpened his skills for the Winter Olympics for the year 1984 where he represented Canada. After his excellent performance in the Olympics, he signed the contract with New York Rangers. He made his first debut for NHL in Minnesota. In the 1993 to 1994 season, he played for Calgary Flames and Hartford Whalers. Next, in the year 1997 and 1998, he played for Buffalo Sabres in Calgary.
Though Patrick has proved herself as a versatile player, his injuries never let him rise above in his career. His participation in the international events has also remained very high. He had some major injuries so he was never given the chance to play in the NHL All Star game. Finally, in the year 2005, he decided to take retirement from the team. He was only 42 years old when he took his retirement.
Though he left the team in the year 2005, he did a comeback as a coach in the year 2006 for Buffalo Sabres. Though he could not establish his career on the international level, he had a vast experience as an ice hockey player. He was appointed as the head coach in the year 2012 when he replaced Lindy Ruff. Ruff was going through a very bad physical injury so he was fired from his position and Patrick was appointed in his place. He coached the team for only one season and then again handed it over to Patrick when he recovered from his injuries. In the year 2017, he was appointed by the Kootenay Ice in the position of head coach. He was appointed to train the team of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Last Modified: Mar 8, 2020