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Pat Verbeek

Born:May 24, 1964Draft:1982 Devils, 43rd Overall
Hometown:Sarnia, ON, CANPosition:RW
Known For:“Little Ball of Hate”Shoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Team:Retired

Patrick Martin Verbeek (born May 24, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current assistant general manager for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Verbeek played for five teams over a 20-year playing career, earning a Stanley Cup ring with the Dallas Stars in 1999. His nickname, the “Little Ball of Hate”, was given to him in 1995 by Glenn Healy after fellow New York Rangers teammate Ray Ferraro was tagged as the “Big Ball of Hate”.

Pat Verbeek Hartford Whalers
Pat Verbeek Hartford Whalers (Courtesy Carolina Hurricanes Media Archives)

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Deeper Dive


  • OHL Rookie of the Year (Emms Family Award) — 1981-82
  • World Championship Silver Medal — 1988-89
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1990-91
  • World Championship Gold Medal — 1993-94
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1995-96
  • World Cup Runner Up — 1996-97
  • NHL Stanley Cup Champion — 1998-99