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Lester Patrick Trophy

Lester Patrick recipient Holmgren a career Flyer

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 4:50 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Paul Holmgren is proud of his Minnesota roots, but even he admits Philadelphia is his home now.

The Philadelphia Flyers president on Tuesday was named a recipient of the 2014 Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to hockey in the United States. He will be honored, along with fellow recipient NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, during a ceremony Dec. 4 in Minneapolis, just across the river from his hometown of St. Paul, Minn.

"Everybody knew who Paul Holmgren was, whether you were playing or you were a fan," Daly said. "He generated a lot of respect. Then you get to appreciate his background in the sport, where he came from, his roots in Minnesota, his different roles in the sport, working his way up to now being president of the Flyers. His career and his journey to where he is today is quite a remarkable accomplishment, and that's why he's so deserving of this award."

Holmgren, 58, has spent almost his entire professional life as part of the Flyers organization.

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Daly: Lester Patrick honor reflects NHL as whole

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 4:38 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admittedly is uncomfortable with being singled out for an individual award as prestigious in hockey as the Lester Patrick Trophy. It's not his style to be front and center accepting praise and applause for a job well done.

That's why when Daly steps on stage to accept the Lester Patrick Trophy at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Dec. 4, he will do so with the NHL and the people he represents in mind.

After all, Daly said, he wouldn't even be considered for such an honor without the backing of Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners he works for.

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Daly, Holmgren to receive 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 11:00 AM / Lester Patrick Trophy

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 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.

The recipients will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, December 4, in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://www.ushockeyhalloffame.com/.

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Kevin Allen to receive 2013 Lester Patrick Trophy

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

NHL.com

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.

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Patrick instrumental in Caps' stability, youth hockey

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

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.

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Patrick Trophy honors Chase-Wallenstein's service

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

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.

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Chase-Wallenstein helped give Emrick his start

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

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.

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Patrick, Chase/Wallenstein to get Lester Patrick Award

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

NHL.com

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.

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Lester Patrick Award ceremony honors community

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

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."
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Sauer has seen everything in his 40 years of coaching

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

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."
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