New Tampa Bay Lightning
general manager Steve Yzerman
hired former teammate Pat Verbeek
Tuesday as a member of his professional scouting staff. Verbeek, like Yzerman, comes from the Detroit Red Wings
organization, where he spent the previous four seasons as a professional scout.
"Pat brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience as a player and a scout to our staff," Yzerman said. "His ability to identify and evaluate talent will be a great resource as we move forward and we are pleased he elected to continue his career with the Lightning."
With Detroit, Verbeek, 46, scouted select teams at both the NHL and American Hockey League levels, providing key information to the 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, the New York Rangers
, Dallas Stars
and the 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.
Verbeek was originally drafted by New Jersey in the third round, No. 43, of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.