Sniping right winger Pat Falloon was born September 22, 1972 in Foxwarren, Manitoba. A phenomenal goal-scorer in junior hockey for the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs, Falloon racked up 60 goals and 124 points in 71 games in 1989-90 and then compiled 64 goals and 138 points in just 61 games the next year before adding 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 15 games in the WHL playoffs.
The expansion San Jose Sharks selected Falloon in the first round, second overall, of the 1991 NHL Draft after the Quebec Nordiques selected Oshawa General center Eric Lindros - who had already expressed disinterest in playing for Quebec - with the top overall selection.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Falloon was deadly when he got the puck in the slot. He had a very quick shot release and an accurate shot. He was also a good passer and a shifty stickhandler. While there were deficiencies in other parts of his game and he was not an especially fast skater, there was never a doubt about Falloon's abilities from the offensive blueline in.
Falloon made the immediate jump to the NHL following the 1991 Draft. As a rookie, he posted 25 goals, 34 assists, 59 points, 16 penalty minutes and a minus-32 rating for the woeful first-year Sharks, who posted a 17-52-5 record.
All in all, the teenage player was off to a good start in the NHL. Over the next three-plus season, however, Falloon was unable to build upon his rookie year. On November 16, 1995, the Sharks traded Falloon to the Flyers in exchange for a 1996 first-round pick (later traded by San Jose to the Phoenix Coyotes and used on the selection of Danny Briere), a 1996 fourth-round pick (later flipped to the Buffalo Sabres, who selected Mike Martone) and Czech prospect Martin Spanhel.
Over the remainder of the 1995-96 regular season, Falloon produced 22 goals (nine on the power play), 26 assists, 48 points, six penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating in 62 games while primarily playing on a line with Rod Brind'Amour at even strength. In the playoffs, Falloon added three goals (two on the power play), two assists, five points, one minor penalty and a minus-three rating.
Falloon dealt with a groin injury in 1996-97, which may have been a partial contributing factor in a downtown in his play. In the regular season, Falloon dressed in 52 games (11 goals, 12 assists, 23 points, minus-eight). He appeared in 14 playoff games (three goals, one assist, four points) for a Flyers team that advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
In 1997-98, Falloon opened the season with the Flyers. In 30 games played, he produced five goals and 12 points. On January 17, 1998, the Flyers traded Falloon, Vaclav Prospal and a 1998 second-round pick (Chris Bala) to the Ottawa Senators for forward Alexandre Daigle, who had been the first overall pick of the 1993 NHL Draft.
For his Flyers career, Falloon played in 144 regular season games (38 goals, 45 assists, 83 points) and 26 playoff games (six goals, three assists, nine points). After his departure from the Flyers, Falloon played for Ottawa, the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He retired after spending the 2000-01 season in Switzerland with HC Davos.
Overall in the NHL, Falloon played 575 regular season games (143 goals, 172 assists, 322 points, 141 penalty minutes) and 66 playoff games (11 goals, seven assists, 18 points, 16 penalty minutes).