Verbeek, a former Detroit Red Wings player, was always known as being a very "gritty"
player throughout his career in the NHL. He
was selected by the New Jersey Devils as the 43rd
overall pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Verbeek led the Devils into their
first playoff berth in 1987-88 with a club-record 46
goals. He played in the 1991 and the
1996 All-Star Games. In 1996, he signed with the Dallas
Stars. With Dallas, he passed the 1,000-game mark and,
more importantly, helped the team win the Stanley Cup.
Prior to the 1999-2000 season, Verbeek signed with the
Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, he passed the
1,000-point mark and moved into the top 25 in career
goal scoring before returning to Dallas for his final
NHL season in 2001-02. Verbeek is the only player
in NHL history to have more than 500 goals and more than
2,800 penalty minutes.