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Patrick legacy is featured in next NHL Hour

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NEW YORK -- Dick Patrick, president of the Washington Capitals, and former New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins GM Craig Patrick will be guests on Thursday's edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman on SIRIUS XM Radio and streamed live on NHL.com (4-5 p.m. ET)

The two long-time hockey executives are the grandson's of the legendary Lester Patrick, the former coach and general manager of the Rangers. In his honor, the Lester Patrick Trophy is awarded annually "for outstanding service to hockey in the United States."

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Lester Patrick Trophy will be presented 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's first job in hockey was as a scout for Lester's son, Lynn Patrick, with the St. Louis Blues. The ceremony, titled "A Celebration of Lester Patrick," will be held at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Proceeds of the event will go to USA Hockey. Tickets, which are in limited supply, are priced at $200. For further information, please contact Frank Macina (212-789-2766, fmacina@nhl.com).

Dick Patrick, along with Ted Leonsis, is one of the original partners in Lincoln Holdings LLC, which was formed in the spring of 1999. A mainstay for the Washington Capitals' franchise for more than two decades, the owner, president and alternate governor continues to lead the club with his tireless effort and intense desire to continue a family tradition -- engraving the Patrick name onto the Stanley Cup. Dick Patrick's father, Muzz, and uncle, Lynn, both played on the 1939-40 New York Rangers team that captured the Stanley Cup.

Craig Patrick played eight seasons in NHL with the California Golden Seals, St. Louis Blues, Kansas City Scouts, and Washington Capitals. He won two Stanley Cups as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2001 in the "builders" wing. Patrick also served as Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach under Herb Brooks for the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning "Miracle on Ice" team.

Lester Patrick was the first coach, the first General Manager and the first of three generations of Patrick family members to serve management roles with the Rangers.

Lester also was a hockey visionary who, along with his brother Frank, was responsible for a variety of innovations (numbered jerseys, the blue lines, player changes "on the fly" and playoffs, to name a few) that remain in hockey today.

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the "Best of XM" programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

The show encourages fans to call-in and ask questions at 1-877-645-6696.

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.

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