Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Price
As a junior, Pat Price was a dominant force on the blueline of the Saskatoon Blades from 1970 to 1974. During that time, references to the next Bobby Orr were not uncommon. As such, he was selected 11th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1975 Amateur Draft.

But Price opted instead to join the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA where remuneration was significantly higher than in the NHL. He signed as an untested rookie for $ 1.3 million. The Blazers would have fared better, however, had they tested their new recruit before leaving a pile of money at his door. Price's performance was disappointing: the junior moves he'd used so successfully in Saskatoon simply didn't work at the WHA level.

Price slipped out of town the following year with his money and took the Islanders up on their offer. But again, his inability to adapt his junior talent to the NHL landed him in the minors before he finally caught on with the parent club, albeit not without controversy. In his fourth season with the club, he was benched by coach Al Arbour during a playoff run. In response, Price demanded a trade, noting that his four years with the club had been a waste of his time.

His wish was quickly granted as he was dispatched to the Edmonton Oilers where he played for two seasons before moving on to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a year and a half. He then landed in Quebec with the Nordiques where, not long after his arrival, his career fell into jeopardy at the hands of a rare disease. From origins unknown, he'd been stricken with an extremely rare form of viral encephalitis that causes brain inflammation and can kill. Fortunately, he pulled through and resumed what amounted to the most stable stint of his pro career. He never realized the promise he'd shown in his youth, but he did settle in as an effective blueliner with a playmaker's touch.

Price left the Nordiques in 1986-87 to join the Rangers for a brief spell before rounding out his NHL career with the Minnesota North Stars later that same year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 66 2 16 18 56 5 0 3 3 2
1971-72 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 66 10 48 58 85 8 0 3 3 25
1972-73 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 67 12 56 68 134 16 4 17 21 24
1973-74 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 68 27 68 95 147 6 3 4 7 13
1974-75 Canada Summit-74
1974-75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 68 5 29 34 15
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 4 0 2 2 2 +4
1975-76 Fort Worth Texans CHL 72 6 44 50 119
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 71 3 22 25 25 +26 10 0 1 1 2
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 52 2 10 12 27 +25 5 0 1 1 2
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 5 2 1 3 9
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 55 3 11 14 50 +18 7 0 1 1 25
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 11 21 32 134 +4 3 0 0 0 11
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 8 24 32 193 -7
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 10 10 33 +2 5 1 1 2 21
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 7 31 38 322 +2 5 0 0 0 28
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 1 11 12 104 -19
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 14 1 2 3 28 -3 4 0 0 0 14
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 3 25 28 188 +20 9 1 0 1 10
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 1 26 27 118 +17 17 0 4 4 51
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 54 3 13 16 82 0 3 0 1 1 4
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 47 0 6 6 81 -7
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 7 0 0 0 14
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 13 0 2 2 49 -8 6 0 1 1 27
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 14 0 2 2 20 -3
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 1 1 2 15
NHL Totals 726 43 218 261 1456 74 2 10 12 195


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1974) Selected by Vancouver (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1974. Claimed by Edmonton from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton for Pat Hughes, March 10, 1981. Claimed on waivers by Quebec from Pittsburgh, December 31, 1982. Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec for Lane Lambert, March 5, 1987. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for Willi Plett, September 8, 1987.
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