Patrick White played four seasons at Grand Rapids High School, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. During that time, he skated on the US U17 Select Team at the U17 Five nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland. Was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the spring of 2004, but chose to stay and play at home. Was drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the summer of 2005, but again chose to stay and play at his high school.
2005-06: His junior year, he helped his squad get into the post season and into the state championships.
2006-07: He struck a deal with Lincoln to play before and after his high school season during the 2006-07 season. Grand Rapids got back into the playoffs and won the 7AA Section Championship. He was also named the 2007 Associated Press Minnesota High School Hockey Player of the Year, Associated Press First Team All-State, a Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist and earned St. Paul Pioneer Press First Team All State honors. He was selected to the U.S. U18 squad that was set to take the ice in Finland.
1st round (25th overall), 2007 by VAN
2007-08: White didn’t have an easy time securing ice time with the historic Gophers team. As a result, his offensive production was not where one would hope from an NHL first rounder, with just 10 points in 45 games.
2008-09: White played his second season with the University of Minnesota(WCHA). The former first round draft choice did see a slight improvement in his numbers, scoring 16 points in 36 games for the Gophers. White had 7 goals and 9 assists.
2009-10: On August 28th 2009, The Vancouver Canucks(NHL) traded Patrick White and Daniel Rahimi to the San Jose Sharks(NHL) for Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich. Patrick White continued his career with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers(WCHA). In 39 games for Minnesota White scored 9 goals and 8 assists, setting a new career high with 17 points.
White's a creative playmaker who can give a team a lot of confidence. He skates very well and can handle the puck very well in and out of traffic. His biggest strength lies within his all-around game.