NHL veteran PAT VERBEEK enters his seventh season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, his sixth as assistant general manager. He was hired by the Lightning as director of professional scouting on June 8, 2010 and then named assistant general manager on July 1, 2011. Verbeek oversees all of the team's professional scouting operations, aids in player procurement and reports directly to the general manager. He will also serve as director of player personnel for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Before joining the Lightning, Verbeek, 52, spent four seasons as a pro scout with the Detroit Red Wings,
assisting the management staff as the organization both built from within and made key acquisitions from outside to build a deep and talented roster. He scouted select teams at both the NHL and AHL levels, providing key information to the Detroit coaching and management staffs regarding potential trades and free agent acquisitions.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Verbeek played for five different teams during a 20-year NHL career. He appeared in 1,424 games with the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Red Wings, compiling 522 goals and 1,063 points. He is the only player in NHL history to total more than 500 goals and 2,500 career penalty minutes. Verbeek also won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.
During the summer of 2015, Verbeek served on the management team for Hockey Canada at the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic. Canada won the Gold Medal in dominating fashion, with a 6-1 win over Russia in the title game. It was Verbeek's first time on a Team Canada management team.
Verbeek was originally drafted by New Jersey in the third round, 43rd overall, of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.