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Bettman hosts Lester Patrick Tribute on NHL Hour

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will host a tribute to Hockey Hall of Famer Lester Patrick on the NHL Hour from 4-5 p.m. ET.

Bettman's guests will be two of Lester's grandsons -- Dick Patrick, president of the Washington Capitals, and Craig Patrick, a former NHL player who was an assistant coach with the 1980 U.S. "Miracle on Ice" team and later built the Pittsburgh Penguins' 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup championship teams.

Lester Patrick influenced hockey as few people before or since, and is regarded as one of the architects of the sport. He served as the first general manager and coach of the New York Rangers, leading the team to two Stanley Cup championships in his dual role and another as GM.

The Lester Patrick Trophy, awarded annually for service to hockey in the United States, will be presented on Oct. 21 to Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Jim Devellano.

"A Celebration Of Lester Patrick" reception is being held at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway in New York City).

The celebration will feature the presentation of the Lester Patrick Award to Mark Messier and Mike Richter, two mainstays of the Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup champion team, and to Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano, who got his first job in hockey as a scout for Lester's son, Lynn Patrick, with the St. Louis Blues.

The event will feature video tributes and a round-table discussion with the honorees, emceed by Rangers play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen. Each honoree will receive his award from two of Lester's grandsons: former Rangers General Manager Craig Patrick and current Washington Capitals President Dick Patrick.


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