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Lester Patrick Awards

Kevin Allen to receive 2013 Lester Patrick Trophy

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 12:00 PM / Lester Patrick Awards


NEW YORK -- One of the most respected and prolific chroniclers of the game for nearly four decades, USA Today's national hockey writer Kevin Allen has been named the recipient of the 2013 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport's development.

Allen will be honored during the annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration in Detroit on Dec. 2.


Patrick instrumental in Caps' stability, youth hockey

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 2:09 PM / Lester Patrick Awards

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Winning the Lester Patrick Trophy is a family matter for Dick Patrick.

After all, the trophy is named for his grandfather, the longtime coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, and one of the major forces in the development of hockey in North America.

"I'd like to think he'd be looking down and smiling," said Patrick, who's beginning his 30th season with the Washington Capitals and will receive the award, given for service to hockey in the United States, during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 15 in Dallas.

Dick is the third Patrick to receive the trophy, joining his uncle, Lynn Patrick, and cousin Craig Patrick, an assistant coach with the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team and the architect of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Cup-winning teams in 1991 and '92. Unlike his grandfather, father (Muzz Patrick), uncle Lynn and cousins Glenn and Craig, Dick Patrick never played in the NHL. His impact has come off the ice, in particular with the rise of the Capitals and the growth of hockey in and around the nation's capital.

To Caps general manager George McPhee, Patrick has been indispensable to the growth of the franchise in particular and hockey in and around the nation's capital in general.


Chase-Wallenstein helped give Emrick his start

Tuesday, 10.09.2012 / 3:32 PM / Lester Patrick Awards

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Mike Emrick would be the first to admit his Hall of Fame broadcasting career might not have gotten on track had it not been for the assistance of Bob Chase-Wallenstein.

Emrick has called NHL games for several major networks, while also serving as the voice of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1988-93 and the New Jersey Devils from 1983-86 and 1993-2011. He received the Lester Patrick Award in 2004 and the Hockey Hall of Fame's Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2008.

He was also the first hockey broadcaster to earn a national Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sports Personality, Play by Play," which he did in 2011 -- beating out the likes of Joe Buck, Jim Nantz, Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Verne Lundquist.


Patrick Trophy honors Chase-Wallenstein's service

Tuesday, 10.09.2012 / 3:32 PM / Lester Patrick Awards

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It wouldn't be so outrageous to claim that Bob Chase-Wallenstein is to radio what Ed Sullivan was to television.

For the past six decades, the impact Chase has had in the entertainment industry at WOWO, a 50,000-watt station in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been widespread and inspiring. He's interviewed the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Wayne Gretzky. He called the famed 1954 Milan High School run to the Indiana state championship that was later depicted in the movie "Hoosiers."

His approach and professionalism has had a profound effect on the career of many of today's great sports broadcasters, including Hockey Hall of Famer and respected play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick.


Patrick, Chase/Wallenstein to get Lester Patrick Award

Tuesday, 09.11.2012 / 1:00 PM / Lester Patrick Awards


Washington Capitals executive Dick Patrick and long-time minor-league hockey broadcaster Bob Chase/Wallenstein will receive the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award will be presented during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration Oct. 15 in Dallas.

Patrick has a family relation to this award -- Lester Patrick is his grandfather.

Dick Patrick has been president of the Washington Capitals since the 1982-83 season. In the eight seasons prior to Patrick's arrival in Washington, the Capitals never made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the ensuing 29 seasons, the club has made 23 playoff appearances.


Lester Patrick Award ceremony honors community

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 12:21 AM / Lester Patrick Awards

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This was a night to celebrate not just the sport of hockey in the United States, but the family of hockey.

Four men -- Mark Johnson, Bob Pulford, Tony Rossi and Jeff Sauer -- were honored Wednesday night as the Class of 2011 for the Lester Patrick Award at RiverCentre for their contributions to the sport in the U.S. All were deserving, and all in one way or another talked about the role of hockey in their families and about the greater family in the sport.

"The thing people sometimes forget about hockey is it is a close-knit community," Sauer said. "I've walked down Red Square (in Moscow) and had someone come up to me and say, ‘Hey coach, how are you doing?' It was a guy I had coached against in a world championship, one of the assistant coaches from Russia. It is a small community, and you don't see that in other sports."

Sauer has seen everything in his 40 years of coaching

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:00 AM / Lester Patrick Awards

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

With 40 years and 655 wins at the college level, it's safe to assume Jeff Sauer has gone through it all -- at least he thought had, anyway.

He's coached his way to two national championships, a silver medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games, and the medal round at the 1990 IIHF World Championship. His resume is stocked with awards won over a lengthy career and he has produced an All-Star team of players to hit the NHL and international ranks.

All that, and Sauer still found himself in disbelief when he answered the phone and heard NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the other end.

"I looked at my phone and saw it was a call from Gary Bettman," Sauer said. "I thought it was someone playing a trick on me."

Pulford recognized for contributions to U.S. hockey

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:00 AM / Lester Patrick Awards

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

If an NHL player or coach is lucky, they develop a strong relationship with a team and become an indelible part of that franchise's history. By his own admission, Bob Pulford is a very lucky man.
In a career spanning four decades, the executive, coach and player has played an important role in the history of not one, but three NHL franchises: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. But it is his overall contribution to hockey in the United States that has earned him the 2011 Lester Patrick Trophy, which he will receive in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday .
"This is a great honor and I'm extremely proud," Pulford, 75, told NHL.com.

Lester Patrick Award a family affair for the Johnsons

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Lester Patrick Awards

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey has always been the family business for Mark Johnson, and countless families around the United States have benefitted from that.

Johnson will be honored for his contributions to the sport in the U.S. Wednesday when he receives the Lester Patrick Award at Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. His father, legendary coach Bob Johnson, received the award in 1988.

"I was a little stunned at first and certainly humbled with being recognized. It is a real honor and it certainly puts a smile on your face in regards to what has been going on in my life for the last 30 or 40 years," Johnson said. "When [my father] received the award and the recognition for what he did, whether it was Wisconsin or USA hockey or what he did in Pittsburgh and Calgary in his career, it was obviously not only a special evening for him but certainly for our family. With my ability to go in and now be recognized, it makes the honor even that much more special.

"It is a great award obviously and I'm certainly looking forward to Wednesday night."

Trailblazer Rossi to receive Lester Patrick Trophy

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 3:00 AM / Lester Patrick Awards

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Tony had a way to do the right things not only for the children, but in terms of the long-term growth of the game not only in Illinois, but throughout the United States. There are always delayed rewards in organizations and it took time for the results to come through in Illinois, but it started with Tony and with the people around him." -- USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio on Rossi

After nearly five decades spent playing a significant role in the growth of hockey across the United States, it's easy to see why the sport has had such a profound effect on the everyday life of Tony Rossi.

"When life is over, I would hate to have a tombstone that said, 'He built a couple of nice buildings,' " Rossi told NHL.com.

Rossi is referring to the fact he also happens to be president of RMK Management Corporation, a Chicago-based real estate company which manages 23 rental properties totaling more than 8,000 units throughout the Midwest. Despite his full plate of real estate obligations, Rossi has always kept hockey near the top of his to-do list.

His volunteer efforts haven't gone unnoticed, either, as Wednesday he'll be awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to U.S. hockey at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn.
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