Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dennis Patterson
Dennis Patterson was born January 9, 1950 in Peterborough, Ontario. The 3rd choice, 34th overall selection of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft, Patterson is a graduate of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior 'B' Hockey League's Chatham Maroons and of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior 'A' Hockey League's Peterborough Petes.

The Peterborough, Ontario native spent two seasons with the Jr. 'A' Petes before splitting his 1970-71 season with the Eastern Hockey League's Clinton Comets and the American Hockey League's Cleveland Barons.

Patterson returned to Cleveland in 1971-72 and spent then next two seasons anchoring the Barons blue line before joining the AHL's New Haven Eagles in 1973-74. In his only season in New Haven, Patterson set a career high in points with 33 before being claimed by Kansas City in the 1974 Expansion Draft.

During the 1974-75 season, Patterson played in 66 games with the Scouts, scoring his first NHL goal and finishing the season with six points while also playing a dozen games with the AHL's Baltimore Clippers.

Patterson went on to split the 1975-76 season with the Scouts and the AHL's Springfield Indians before signing as a free agent with the World Hockey Association's Edmonton Oilers prior to the 1976-77 season.

In 1976-77 Patterson split his season with the AHL's Rhode Island Reds and the WHA's Oilers before joining the AHL's Maine Mariners the following year, leading them to the 1978 Calder Cup championship.

In his second season with the Mariners in 1978-79, Patterson was an AHL Second Team All-Star and went on to sign as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers during the off-season. Patterson returned to Maine in 1979-80 where for a second consecutive season was an AHL Second Team All-Star while playing in a handful of games with the Flyers.

Patterson's solid play on the Mariners blue line continued in 1980-81 where for the third year in a row he was recognized as an AHL Second Team All-Star and went to finish his career with the Maine franchise retiring at the end of the 1982-83 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Chatham Maroons ON-Jr.B
1968-69 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 5 17 22 56 10 0 2 2 12
1969-70 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 8 29 37 84 6 0 3 3 6
1970-71 Clinton Comets EHL 72 6 30 36 93
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 9 0 2 2 4 8 0 1 1 22
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 76 3 17 20 62 6 0 1 1 12
1972-73 Cleveland Barons AHL 42 1 11 12 40
1973-74 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 70 8 25 33 69 10 1 3 4 4
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 66 1 5 6 39 -57
1974-75 Baltimore Clippers AHL 12 1 3 4 6
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 69 5 16 21 28 -28
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 10 0 5 5 12
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 51 3 18 21 22
1976-77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 23 0 2 2 2
1977-78 Maine Mariners AHL 78 3 24 27 26 12 0 3 3 22
1978-79 Maine Mariners AHL 74 3 29 32 112 10 1 4 5 32
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1
1979-80 Maine Mariners AHL 67 2 25 27 72 10 2 6 8 20
1980-81 Maine Mariners AHL 70 3 26 29 74
1981-82 Maine Mariners AHL 51 1 14 15 111 4 0 0 0 12
1982-83 Maine Mariners AHL 76 1 19 20 71 17 0 4 4 9
NHL Totals 138 6 22 28 67


AHL Second All-Star Team (1979, 1980, 1981) Claimed by Kansas City from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA), September, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 8, 1979.
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