In anticipation of next week’s “A Celebration Of Lester Patrick” reception in New York City, Washington Capitals President Dick Patrick and Hockey Hall of Famer Craig Patrick, both grandsons of Lester Patrick, will be the guests on today’s edition of NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on SIRIUS XM Radio.
Dick Patrick is one of the original partners in Lincoln Holdings LLC, along with Capitals chairman Ted Leonsis. A pillar of the Washington franchise for more than two decades as owner, president and governor, he continues to lead the club with tireless effort and an intense desire to continue a family tradition – engraving the Patrick name onto the Stanley Cup. Washington has qualified for the NHL playoffs 20 times in his 27 seasons with the club -- including a 1998 run to the Stanley Cup Final. The 2008-09 Southeast Division championship was the fifth division title Washington has won on Patrick’s watch.
Craig Patrick played eight seasons in the NHL with the California Golden Seals, St. Louis Blues, Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals. He served as Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach for the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Later that year, he was named Director of Operations for the New York Rangers and, in 1981, became the youngest general manager in the club’s history. In 1989, he was named General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he won two Stanley Cups and one Presidents’ Trophy while drafting future superstars Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby
, Evgeni Malkin
and Marc-André Fleury. Craig Patrick was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2000 for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States and enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2001 in the “builder” category. He also served as general manager for the 2002 U.S. Olympic hockey team, which won the silver medal.
The Lester Patrick 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 legacy 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.
Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano have been named recipients of the 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. They will be honored at an evening reception at Gotham Hall in New York City on Wednesday, October 21.
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