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Patrick Thoresen
Patrick Thoresen Minnesota Wild (Munich Goes Sour)
Born November 7, 1983 (1983-11-07) (age 33)
Norway Oslo, Norway
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 198 (90 kg)
Position Left Wing / Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Storhamar Dragons
National team Norway Norway
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2002
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2003–present

Patrick Thoresen (born November 7, 1983) is a Norwegian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for, and serving as alternate captain captain of, the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey Leauge (NHL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild 8th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Thoresen joined the Wild for the 2002–03 season. Thoresen's best NHL season was in 2008–09, when he was the League's third-leading goal scorer (45) behind Jeff Carter with 46 and NHL leader Alexander Ovechkin with 56, while ranking fifth among all NHL players in points with 94.

Thoresen has represented the Norway at several different events. He served as alternate captain of the bronze medal-winning Norwegian national team at the 2012 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships, where he was the tournament's second best point scorer and earned a spot on the Tournament All-Star Team. Thoresen would follow in his father's footsteps and play in the Winter Olympics in Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

He resides in Hamar, Norway, where he grew up, during the off season. He has a younger brother, Steffen who's also an ice hockey player. His father Petter was one of Norway's most notable players who played at five Olympic Winter Games (1980–1994). Thoresen would follow in his father's footsteps and play in the Winter Olympics in Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

Playing career

Early career

Thoresen grew up in Hamar, Norway, where he played junior ice hockey with Storhamar IL. He gained his first professional experience at the age of 15 years and 335 days during the 1999-2000 season, making his debut with Storhamar Dragons' team in the Norwegian Eliteserien. In November 1999 he scored his first goal three days before his 16th birthday, thus becoming the youngest ever goal scorer in Norwegian top hockey. In his second season he became a dominant player on the team and ranked fourth among his teammates in points with 43.

In 2001 he shifted to Canada and played junior hockey for two teams in the QMJHL; the Moncton Wildcats, and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. After his freshman season, Thoresen was eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Heading into the Draft, he was ranked as the ninth-best North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. At the Draft, the Minnesota Wild used their first round pick to select Thoresen as 8th overall.

In the 2002–03 season, while a member of the Drakkar, he had 108 points in 71 games played, good enough for second in team scoring. His 75 assists that season were best in the QMJHL. This was a vast improvement from his first year of junior in which he compiled 73 points in 60 games played.

Minnesota Wild

International

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Norway Norway
IIHF World Championships
Bronze medal blank 2012 Sweden Team
IIHF European Championships
Bronze medal blank 2011 Czechoslovakia Team
Bronze medal blank 2013 Finland Team

Personal life

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Storhamar Dragons Eliteserien 26 1 8 9 2
2000–01 Storhamar Dragons Eliteserien 41 18 27 45 24 3 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 60 30 43 73 50
2002–03 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 71 33 75 108 57 12 2 8 10 8
2003–04 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 61 13 24 37 8
2004–05 Storhamar Dragons NIHL 42 28 45 73 28 7 4 5 9 6
2005–06 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 78 27 33 60 32
2006–07 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 81 30 36 66 52
2007–08 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 82 23 38 61 26 6 1 3 4 4
2008–09 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 71 22 41 63 66
2009–10 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 82 24 38 62 48
2010–11 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 78 29 36 65 30
2011–12 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 82 25 36 61 28
2012–13 Storhamar Dragons NIHL 15 6 8 14 10
2012–13 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 48 18 23 41 14 5 1 2 3 4
2013–14 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 70 25 42 67 26 25 10 13 23 8
2014–15 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 80 27 30 57 28 10 5 3 8 4
2015–16 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL 82 21 38 59 40 6 3 2 5 2
2016–17 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild NHL Shield NHL
NHL totals 813 262 374 636 348
NIHL totals

International statistics

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Norway Norway WC
2005 Norway Norway EC
2006 Norway Norway Olympic Rings OG
2007 Norway Norway EC
2008 Norway Norway WC
2009 Norway Norway EC
2010 Norway Norway Olympic Rings OG
2011 Norway Norway EC
2012 Norway Norway WC
2013 Norway Norway EC
2014 Norway Norway Olympic Rings OG
2015 Norway Norway EC
2016 Norway Norway WC
Senior totals

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