Patrick is part of a famous athletic family, but not the one most hockey fans would expect.
He's not related to Lester or Frank Patrick, patriarchs of one of the most influential families in the history of the sport. Rather, he's the son of Steve Patrick, a former star quarterback in the Canadian Football League. James' brother, Steve Patrick, also played in the NHL; the two were briefly together with the New York Rangers. He is also the uncle of Philadelphia Flyers center Nolan Patrick.