• Patrick was named captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings prior to the 2016-17 season and averaged more than a point per game despite missing significant time due to injury (20-26—46 in 33 GP).
• He was named MVP of the 2016 WHL Playoffs after helping Brandon win its first championship in 20 years, tying teammate Jayce Hawryluk (selected in the second round by FLA in 2014) for the league lead with 30 points (13-17—30 in 21 GP). In the 2015-16 regular season, Patrick finished tied for third in the WHL in assists (61) and fifth in points (102) in 72 games.
• Patrick won the WHL Rookie of the Year in 2014-15 after averaging more than a point per game (30-26—56 in 55 GP) and pacing all rookies in goals.
• His father, Steve Patrick, played 250 games with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques from 1980-86, while his uncle, James Patrick, skated in 1,280 games with the Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres.
• Athletic bloodlines run even deeper in the Patrick family: Nolan’s mother, Carrie, played volleyball at the University of Winnipeg and was a member of the Canadian national team; his grandfather, Steve, played 13 seasons with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers; his older sister, Madison, plays hockey with the University of British Columbia; and his younger sister, Aimee, plays minor bantam in Winnipeg.
• Internationally, Patrick helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and captained Canada Red at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
GETTING TO KNOW NOLAN...
If I could "Carpool Karaoke" with any celebrity it would be: Steph Curry TV show I recently binge-watched: Homeland Celebrity that always makes me laugh: Will Ferrell App I spend way too much time on: Instagram At an all-you-can-eat buffet I go straight for the: Rice Coolest person I've ever met: Tanner Kaspick Athlete I admire most: Jordan Spieth If I could be any superhero I would be: Spider-Man I am inspired by: Parents I am afraid of: Mice I dream of: Stanley Cup Final