Pat Verbeek is the new general manager of the Anaheim Ducks.
The Reece’s Corners native says “it’s an honour and a privilege to be named general manager,” in an article on NHL.com.
“I look forward to working with our entire staff to build on the foundation in place to construct a championship team our fans will be proud of on and off the ice.”
He was welcomed by Owner Henry Samueli. “Pat’s outstanding work ethic and vast knowledge of the game as a successful executive and player throughout his 35-plus years in the NHL make him an outstanding fit to lead us forward. He brings a unique pedigree, having vast experience and serving in integral leadership roles for championship teams as both a player and executive at the NHL level.”
Verbeek was assistant general manager and director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2012-19 after serving as director of professional scouting from 2010-12. He was a pro scout for the Red Wings from 2006-10, including their Stanley Cup championship season in 2008.
Verbeek – nicknamed The Little Ball of Hate for his ferocious temper – scored 1,062 points (522 goals, 540 assists) in 1,424 NHL games for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Red Wings. He finished his NHL career with 2,905 penalty minutes, the most of any player who scored at least 500 goals. He won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.
Verbeek was a third-round pick (No. 43) by the Devils in the 1982 NHL Draft. He helped Canada win the 1994 IIHF World Championship and finish second at the 1989 World Championship and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
He replaces Jeff Solomon, who was named GM on Nov. 10 when Bob Murray resigned as executive vice president and GM following an investigation into his professional conduct.