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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TTM Success: Pat Verbeek

  The Little Ball of Hate, aka Pat Verbeek, had 2905 PIM during his career.  That is the most PIM by player who scored 500 or more goals in his career.  He had three seasons where he scored over 40 goals and also had 200+ PIM.  He's the only player in NHL history to accomplish that feat.  Verbeek spent his early career on poor teams, the New Jersey Devils and Hartford Whalers.  In his first 12 seasons, there were only two seasons Verbeek was on a .500+ hockey team.  In the 1996 off-season, Verbeek signed with the Dallas Stars and helped the team go from 66 points the year before to 104 points in 1996-97 and won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.  Behind Dave Andreychuk, Verbeek has the second most career NHL goals from a player who has been passed over by the Hall of Fame. 

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