Former Red Wing Verbeek returns to Detroit as assistant GM
Pat Verbeek, a Sarnia native who played with the Red Wings for two seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-01) late in his career: “I’m very excited to return to the Red Wings.”
It didn’t take long for Steve Yzerman to bring aboard a long-trusted colleague who’s also familiar to Red Wings fans.
As expected, Detroit announced the hiring of Pat Verbeek as an assistant GM on Monday.
Verbeek, 54 and a Sarnia native, was Yzerman’s assistant general manager with the Tampa Bay Lightning for eight years.
He played with the Red Wings for two seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-01) late in his career – Verbeek scored his 500th goal with Detroit – and was a scout with the Red Wings from 2006-10.
“I’m very excited to return to the Red Wings,” Verbeek said in a statement. “I want to thank the Ilitch family, Jimmy Devellano, Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman for giving me a start in scouting after my playing career and providing a strong foundation for my managerial career.”
Verbeek will work alongside Ryan Martin, who will remain an assistant general manager. Verbeek will focus on player personnel decisions. Martin will continue to serve as GM of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League while assisting with contracts and dealing with the salary cap and CBA issues.
“Pat Verbeek is one of the brightest minds and hardest workers in the game and has been a trusted and valued resource to me throughout my management career,” Yzerman said. “He played a pivotal role in helping build the Lightning into a Stanley Cup contender throughout his tenure with the organization. I’m very excited to have Pat on board in Detroit and look forward to continuing to work alongside him.”
Verbeek had 522 goals and 1,063 points in 1,424 NHL games during a 20-year playing career in which he also skated for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars.