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Tickets Available for Lester Patrick Award Luncheon

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers and MSG Network's own John Davidson will be honored as the recipient of the 2004 Lester Patrick Award at a luncheon at the Hilton New York on Tuesday, March 16, 2004.

"J.D.," along with broadcaster Mike Emrick and executive Ray Miron, will be honored for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Tickets for this luncheon, emceed by Sam Rosen, are available for $125 per person with all monies raised benefitting USA Hockey. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets call USA HOCKEY at 719-538-1165.

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.

Among those eligible to win the Award are players, coaches, broadcasters, referees and linesmen, as well as team and League executives. With the addition of Emrick, Davidson, and Miron, 98 individuals now have been honored. Three United States Olympic hockey teams also have been recognized: the 1960 and 1980 gold medal-winning men's teams and the 1998 gold medal-winning women's team.

Davidson has appeared on all four major American networks' hockey coverage, and currently is ABC's lead studio analyst. He also has served as the color commentator on New York Rangers telecasts for Madison Square Garden Network for the past 18 seasons.

An 11-year NHL goaltender, Davidson was drafted in 1975 by St. Louis, where he played for two years, before moving to the Rangers, where he became one of New York's most popular and celebrated athletes of his era. Forced into retirement by injury in 1983, Davidson quickly and smoothly made the shift into broadcasting.

He served as an analyst for MSG Network in 1983-84 before joining the Hockey Night in Canada crew for two seasons. In 1986-87, Davidson returned to MSG, where he continues to call Rangers games today.

A native of Ottawa, Davidson has been paired with Emrick on several national broadcasts in the United States. They comprised Fox's lead play-by-play team from 1995-1999, and worked in tandem the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Widely hailed as one of the most knowledgeable men associated with the sport, Davidson has twice won New York Emmy awards for "Outstanding On-Camera Achievement."

1/15/2004 - John Davidson Honored with 2004 Lester Patrick Award
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