Its not every day a person is named the recipient of a national award named after his grandfather.
On Tuesday, Capitals Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer and President Dick Patrick was named one of two recipients of the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to the sport of hockey in the United States.
Dick Patrick, the grandson of Lester Patrick, will share the honor with Fort Komets broadcaster Bob Chase at the annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration in Dallas on Oct. 15.
"It means a lot to me, especially when you see the work my family has done over all these years," Patrick said. "This sport has grown a great deal in Washington and that takes a lot more people than myself."
The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was first 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 sports development.
The son of former Rangers player and coach Muzz Patrick, Dick Patrick has carried on the unparalleled tradition of franchise building long established by Americas first hockey family.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he grew up in the United States, played college hockey at Dartmouth and earned his law degree from American University.
Since 1982-83, Dick Patrick has served as president of the Capitals, leading them to the postseason in 23 of the last 29 seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.
Caps owner Ted Leonsis credits Patrick with bringing him into the world of ice hockey in 1999 and in signing Alex Ovechkin to a 13-year contract extension in 2008.
He pushed us all to make that aggressive move," Leonsis said at the time, as noted by a story on NHL.com. Dick is steady, mature, honest and has very high levels of personal integrity. He may seem low-key but the passions for our team and the game boil at high levels within.
Patrick also spearheaded construction of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Caps state-of-the-art training facility in Arlington that also is home to local youth hockey programs.
As vice chairman and chief operating officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Patrick oversees all revenue generation for the Leonsis-founded company that owns the Capitals, the Wizards, the Mystics and Verizon Center. Patrick also supervises all upgrades and improvements to Verizon Center geared toward enhancing fan experience.
Patrick is also the cousin of former Capital Craig Patrick, who won two Stanley Cups as general manager of the Penguins and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2001.
Tickets to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Ceremony are available by visiting USHockeyHallofFame.com.