Craig Patrick

Craig Patrick ( born May 20, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan ) is a retired American professional ice hockey player, coach and manager, who from 1971 to 1979 for the California Golden Seals, St. Louis Blues, the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals the National Hockey League and the Minnesota Fighting Saints played in the World Hockey Association. From 1989 to 2006 he was General Manager in the employ of the Pittsburgh Penguins.


At the age of 14 he was sent to Quebec to play junior in the Ligue de hockey majeur du Québec for the Maroons de Lachine and later the Junior Canadiens de Montréal.

He attended the University then in Denver, where he was instrumental in 1968 and 1969 helped the team the Pioneers to the NCAA Championship. He played 1969/70 and 1970/71 in the U.S. national team and participated with the team in 1976 at the Canada Cup.

Patrick played eight seasons in the NHL with the California Golden Seals, St. Louis Blues, the Kansas City Scouts, and the Washington Capitals. Only once he reached with his team, the Blues, the playoffs. In 1976, he had made a trip to the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints to the.

He assierte under Herb Brooks as general manager and assistant coach when winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980, which became known as the " Miracle on Ice" in the sports history.

In 1980, he was Director of Operations for the New York Rangers and was the successor of Fred Shero 1981, the youngest general manager in the history of the Rangers. He coached the Rangers for a short time in the seasons 1980/81 and 1984 / 85th

Patrick was appointed on 5 December 1989 General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. During his tenure, the Penguins won two Stanley Cups and one Presidents' Trophy. Patrick was also twice for a short time interim coach during the seasons 1989/90 and 1996 / 97th

Patrick was appointed functionary of the year of "The Sporting News" in 1998 and 1999. He is the grandson of Lester Patrick, one of the founders of modern ice hockey and is the third generation member of a family that has got engraved on the Stanley Cup their name and is in the Hall of Fame. Since 1996 he has been a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

In 2001 he was in the NHL Hall of Fame in the Category Manager and became the first man who came with his father and grandfather in the Hall of Fame collection. He was Lester Patrick Trophy 2000, named after his grandfather, awarded for his extraordinary commitment to the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

His father Lynn Patrick, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Patrick was brought to life by actor Noah Emmerich in 2004 released movie Miracle.


Sporting successes

  • Stanley Cup: 1991 and 1992 (as General Manager)

Personal Awards

  • Lester Patrick Trophy: 2000