Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday. Once a month, he will let a picture from his vast collection do the talking in his "Picture is Worth 100 Words" feature.
This month, he writes about Lynn Patrick, who jumped ship after coaching the New York Rangers to the 1950 Stanley Cup Final and went to the Boston Bruins.
Lynn Patrick had every reason to chuckle, as he does in this photograph.
Exactly 70 years ago this spring, Patrick coached the New York Rangers to an upset victory against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, then pushed the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings to double overtime in Game 7 of the Cup Final before losing.
"Nobody could have done a better job of coaching," Rangers general manager Frank Boucher said of Patrick, who had spent his entire playing career with New York and replaced Boucher as coach in 1948.
But Patrick did such a good job that Boston Bruins general manager Art Ross offered him more money to coach his team, as well as the promise that he'd succeed Ross as GM when the time came.
Patrick took the offer from Ross and laughed all the way to the bank. He coached the Bruins into the playoffs in each of the next four seasons, while the Rangers missed the postseason all four times, then became Bruins GM in 1954. Patrick stepped down as coach during the 1954-55 season but remained as general manager through 1964-65.