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George Patterson
George Patterson
Left Wing
Number: 15
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 176
Shoots: Right
Born: May 22, 1906
Birthplace: Kingston, ON, Canada
Acquired: 1. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Gene Carrigan on October 10, 1934; 2. Returned to Detroit on December 24, 1934.
George Patterson was skating for the Hamilton Tigers of the Can-Pro League when he was traded to a newly named NHL club called the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1927. He suited up in his Blue and White wool and scored the club's first-ever goal. He didn't think much of his feat, but its significance would resonate into the future as the most important accomplishment of his career.

Patterson's stay in Toronto was brief. He was sold to the Montreal Canadiens where he played for a season and a half before being claimed on waivers by the New York Americans. With "The Amazing Amerks" as they were described in his day, Patterson played parts of five seasons.

In 1931, the Americans were on the verge of surpassing the Montreal Maroons for the final playoff berth. To celebrate there almost certain success, the team's biggest supporter, bootlegger Big Bill Dwyer, had each member of the team escorted in black limousines to his horse farm. The drinks were served by the bottle as the players, by then under the influence of Dwyer's liquid resources, challenged each other to an informal horse race. The horses ran wildly as Patterson's hoofed wonder turned left while he went right, tumbling to the ground with a broken arm. He was done for the season and, as one of the club's top forwards, the loss set the team back as the Maroons took the final playoff spot.

By 1934, Patterson left the Americans for brief tours of duty with the Bruins, Red Wings and St. Louis Eagles, his final NHL stop.

From there, he embarked on a ten-year minor pro career that ended in Providence of the AHL in 1945.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80