|Born|| November 7, 1983 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||198 (90 kg)|
|Position||Left Wing / Center|
| NHL team|
| Minnesota Wild|
|NHL Draft|| 8th overall, 2002|
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.
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.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Norway|
|IIHF World Championships|
|IIHF European Championships|
Regular season and playoffs