Pat Flatley

Pat Flatley was selected 21st overall in the NHL Draft by the New York Islanders in 1982. During his college years, he helped the Wisconsin Badgers win the NCAA title in 1983 and was named to the WCHA first all-star team, the NCAA West first-all-American team, and the NCAA championship tournament all-star team.

Flatley scored four goals in seven games to help the Canadian team win the bronze medal at the 1983 World Junior Championships. Later that same year, he won bronze with the senior team at the World Championships.

After graduating from Wisconsin, Flatley spent a season with the Canadian national team. He was an important asset for them when they finished fourth at the Sarajevo Olympics. His most significant contribution was scoring twice in a 4-3 win over Czechoslovakia, which clinched the bronze medal for the Canadians.

After the Olympics, Flatley joined the Islanders, where he would play for the next twelve years. During his time there he earned a reputations as a solid player, proficient at driving to the net, and effective at winning pucks in the corner. He spent the 1996-97 season with the New York Rangers before retirement. Flatley was inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame January 12, 2012.

Upon retirement he served as a part-time analyst with Hockey Night in Canada 1988 – 2000 Seasons. His quick wit, loyalty and dedication to the game of hockey and the players, landed him a position as the NHL Director of Alumni Relations for 10 years where he served as the liaison with the NHL, club owners and the NHL Alumni.

Pat was very instrumental in the continuity of the career transition and the formulation of the NHL Alumni Association to assist former players in need. He has served as a Board of Director of the NHL Alumni Association since the inception in November of 1999 and has continued to help his fellow players through many aspects of the game and life skills on and off the ice.

With Pat’s knowledge of the game, respect of the players and ability to work with the NHL and the NHL Alumni and his definitive interest in helping current players right through to their transition into retirement, the NHLPA hired the former NHL player, to be the Assistant Director of Player Affairs looking after players and on-ice issues helping to build a better bond between the NHLPA and alumni players.

With his heartfelt and continued interest in ensuring players understand their options in retirement, Pat has taken on the role of Director of the BreakAway Program and is thrilled to be following his passion for hockey, education, and general life skill-sets in this new capacity. Pat has been a part of the BreakAway (formerly known as Life After Hockey) Committee for the past 10 years.