Patrick HonoredPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Among the most prestigious of U.S. Hockey honors, the Lester Patrick Trophy is presented annually for “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.” Originally presented in in 1966, the Lester Patrick Trophy has been awarded to 108 players, teams, coaches and executives over the years. Caps president and minority owner Dick Patrick has been an integral part of the organization for more than three decades, and today he was named a 2012 recipient of the trophy that bears his grandfather’s name. Dick Patrick joined the Capitals in the summer of 1982, taking on an executive capacity for a struggling team that had missed the playoffs in each of its first eight seasons in the league. One of Patrick’s first duties was the hiring of David Poile as the Capitals’ general manager, and Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of Poile’s landmark trade with the Montreal Canadiens, a deal that likely saved NHL hockey in the District. Patrick helped bring Ted Leonsis in as the team’s majority owner in 1999 when original owner Abe Pollin decided to sell the team. Patrick also played an integral role in the conception and construction of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the team’s state-of-the-art practice facility in Arlington, Va. Dick Patrick is part of the third generation of the Patrick family to have etched its mark on the game of hockey and the NHL. More than 100 years ago, Lester Patrick and brother Frank started the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and developed and operated the first indoor ice rinks in Canada. The Patrick brothers had long careers as players, coaches, executives and innovators. Lester Patrick sired the next generation of hockey Patricks, Lynn Patrick and Muzz Patrick (Dick’s father). Brothers Lynn and Muzz grew up with the game, and both played for the 1940 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. Lynn Patrick, also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, went on to briefly serve as coach of the Rangers before taking over as the general manager of the Boston Bruins for many years. Muzz Patrick also coached the Rangers and served as their GM for several seasons. Lester, Lynn, and Muzz Patrick each have their names etched on the Stanley Cup, and that is Dick Patrick’s ongoing goal, to join them in that distinction. Years ago, Patrick related a funny story to me about his dad and his uncle actually having their names on the Cup before they won it with the New York Rangers in 1940. “The first time my dad, Muzzy, and his brother, Lynn got their names on the Cup was when they were kids,” Dick Patrick said. “The Rangers won it in 1928. My dad was about 13 then, and Lynn was a couple of years older. They lived in Victoria, British Columbia then and my grandfather [Lester Patrick] would go back east [to New York, where he was head coach and general manager of the Rangers] for the hockey season and come home for the summer. “Back in those days, he just brought the Stanley Cup home, because they had won it. He took it home and put it in the basement for the summer. Lynn and Muzz took a nail and scratched their names on it. So that was the first time they got their names on the Stanley Cup.” Two of Lynn Patrick’s sons—Craig and Glenn—went on to play in the NHL. Craig Patrick was an assistant coach and assistant GM of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic team. He became the fourth member of the family to serve as Rangers’ coach and the third to serve as Rangers’ GM. Among the 108 previous recipients of the Lester Patrick Trophy are Lynn Patrick (1989) and Craig Patrick (2000). Patrick’s son Chris works as a pro scout in the Capitals’ hockey operations department, the first of the fourth generation of Patricks in the game and the NHL. Patrick will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy at the annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration in Dallas on Oct. 15.
Not quite 15 months ago, the Capitals acquired right wing Troy Brouwer in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Today the Caps and Brouwer announced that they’ve agreed to terms on a three-year, $11-million contract extension that starts in 2013-14 and runs through the completion of the 2015-16