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Lester Patrick Trophy

Pulford recognized for contributions to U.S. hockey

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

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 Trophy

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 Trophy

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.

Boston's finest honored with Lester Patrick Award

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 8:37 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Hall of Famer Cam Neely, AHL President Dave Andrews and a pair of Boston coaching legends -- Boston University's Jack Parker and Boston College's Jerry York -- were honored Wednesday night with the Lester Patrick Award for "outstanding service to hockey in the United States."

While all four were humble when asked about receiving the award and what they had done to be recognized, they were also amazed at the growth of hockey in the United States and proud to have played a role in it.

"You have your number retired by the Bruins, an Original Six club and obviously being in the Hall of Fame is special, but being awarded this award is very special as well," Neely said.

BU's Parker earns Patrick award with great service

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 3:39 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

In a city full of hockey history, Jack Parker has become a hockey institution unto himself.

Sure, Boston is home to the NHL's first American team, the Boston Bruins. Yes, several of its colleges -- Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern -- are NCAA Division I powers. The city, and its outlying suburbs, has produced some of the top American-born players to ever play the sport. And, let's not forget the Beanpot, perhaps the most famous hockey trophy behind the Stanley Cup.


Neely earned Lester Patrick Award on and off ice

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 1:15 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Cam Neely was the pre-eminent power forward of his generation, rewarded for his prowess on the ice with induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, nine years after his injury-induced retirement.

Wednesday night, Neely will be recognized with another award, one that reaches beyond just what he did on the ice.

Neely, along with Boston University coach Jack Parker, Boston College coach Jerry York and long-time AHL President Dave Andrews, will be presented with the Lester Patrick Award at TD Garden in Boston for their contributions to hockey in the United States.

York flabbergasted by Lester Patrick Award

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 9:00 AM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

After more than 50 years in the game of hockey, very little shocks Boston College coach Jerry York.

It appears, however, that a call from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman makes that short list.

This summer, York was driving back from a round of golf, idly contemplating the day's play, when his phone rang. When he picked up and heard, 'Hi, this is Gary Bettman,' on the other end, he was flabbergasted.

The call from Bettman was to inform York, the long-time Boston College coach of his selection to receive the Lester Patrick Award, given annually by the NHL and USA Hockey for contributions the hockey in the United States.

AHL's Andrews a worthy Lester Patrick winner

Monday, 10.25.2010 / 9:53 AM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

"I think Dave Andrews is one of the premier sports executives in this country, without question. What he's built with this league is incredible. As an owner, it's just a great comfort knowing this guy is calling the shots. When you have a guy like this in charge, it really helps you sleep at night." -- Syracuse owner Howard Dolgon

Every March, American Hockey League president Dave Andrews puts the heat of the league's playoff races and the headaches from its problems behind him and goes sailing for a week in the Caribbean.

The cell-phone service out there is spotty, and Andrews doesn't care if those nagging little bars disappear altogether. His league will get along fine without him, he reasons, and certainly will be right there when he returns to port.

"A lot of things go along nicely when I'm not there," he said.

To the extent that Andrews is correct in that assessment, it may be the greatest indicator of the job he's done with the league. Entering its 75th season, the AHL never has been a more bustling place, with its 30 teams at last aligned one-on-one with an NHL partner and a geographic footprint that stretches from Manchester to Norfolk, San Antonio to Abbotsford.

2010 Lester Patrick Awards set for Boston, Oct. 27

Friday, 10.01.2010 / 12:51 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy


NEW YORK/TORONTO – Together with the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey, the National Hockey League will host the 2010 Lester Patrick Awards on the evening of Wednesday, October 27 at TD Garden, the NHL announced today.

Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, college coaching legends Jack Parker and Jerry York and AHL President David Andrews will be recognized with the Lester Patrick Trophy in a ceremony for their 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.

Boston coaching legends share Lester Patrick honors

Tuesday, 09.07.2010 / 10:31 AM / Lester Patrick Trophy

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Jack Parker and Jerry York have been intertwined as friends and rivals for most of their lives, so the fact that they were both named as recipients of the 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the United States this week is perfectly appropriate.

The two college coaching titans -- Parker at Boston University, York at Boston College -- join another Boston legend, former Bruins star Cam Neely, and AHL President Dave Andrews as this year's winners. Appropriately, the ceremony honoring this year's winners will be held in Boston in late October.

For Parker, who's heading into his 38 th season behind the bench at his alma mater, winning the Patrick Trophy was even more special because he and York were honored together -- along with Neely, another Boston hockey icon.
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