At this point most puckheads know all about Patrice, but for those of you who are not a die-hard fan of the sport (including the junior levels), he plays in the QMJHL for Rouyn-Noranda and is known for his vicious elbowing and cheap shots. Last week he was suspended from the “Q” league for the rest of the season and the post season, for his hit on Mikeal Tam of the Quebec Ramparts. The video can be seen below (note due to the graphic nature of this hit, it is not for the squeamish so be warned).
This was not the first time he sucker punched a player, he also did the same thing during the World Junior Championships against Sweden, when he took out Anton Rodin of team Sweden a month earlier, the video of that hit can be seen below:
Although police were called to the arena after the Tam hit, no criminal charges have been entered. Instead, the Devils second round draft pick of 2008 finds himself at a crossroads in his career. At 19, he has one more year of junior eligibility left. However it is unlikely that he will return to the QMJHL next season. Instead it was thought that he would enter the AHL or ECHL, where he could continue playing as early as this season. Unfortunately for Patrice, Lou Lamarillo (GM of the Devils) has gone on record supporting the current QMJHL suspension. This means, no hockey for Patrice until next season.
He is actually a very solid hockey player, built in the mold of another troublemaker Todd Bertuzzi. He was named captain of the Junior Team Canada team in the last World Junior Championships. Last year he had a breakout season with 23 goals and 28 assists and 118 penalty minutes. The Devils love his strong physical play, but his mean streak they can live without. He needs to get a hold of his anger issues and play strong, physical, non-life threatening hockey if he is going to succeed in the NHL.
As for his cards, he only has one. It is his 2008-09 ITG Heroes and Prospects card number 98. I couldn’t find any certified autographs of him so all we are left with is his pre-rookie card and that doesn’t even draw a dollar on eBay. Some of his signed photos and pucks went for between $2 – $10, but there really isn’t too much signed stuff out there. As for his future, I see him getting schooled in the NHL personally. Those kinds of hits if done in the pros puts a target on your back, and he doesn’t want that, just ask Steve Moore.