Outstanding Service to Hockey in the United States
The Lester Patrick Trophy is an award to honor the players contribution to ice hockey in the United States. It may be awarded to players, coaches, officials, and other personnel outside the NHL.
The Lester Patrick Trophy was presented by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the late Lester Patrick, who was a general manager and coach of the club. It is presented annually for "outstanding service to hockey in the United States". Players, coaches, referees, and executives are eligible to receive the trophy. The winners are chosen by a committee consisting various officials, including the Commissioner (previously President) of the NHL, an NHL Governor, a representative of the New York Rangers, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Builders section, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Players section, a member of the U. S. Hockey Hall of Fame, a member of the NHL Broadcasters Association and a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.