Craig Patrick
Craig Patrick
Right Wing
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 5.20.46 Detroit, Michigan
How he arrived: Traded by the St. Louis Blues with Denis Dupere and cash for Lynn Powis and
Scouts' 2nd round pick in the 1976 E.D., 6.18.75
How he left: Joined the Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA) after rights were traded to them by the
Calgary Broncos, 6.76
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
SHG
SHA
GWG
1975-76
KC
80
17
18
35
-24
14
143
3
2
1
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
80
17
18
35
-24
14
143
3
2
1
0
0
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Hockey has been in Patrick's family for years. Most of us know that already. (For those just joining the party, we're
talking grandfather Lester Patrick, longtimer with the Rangers in the early years, and father Lynn Patrick, a former
coach for the Bruins.)

After playing 4 years at the University of Denver, Patrick signed on with the California Seals, and spent most of his

career with them.

His lone season with the Scouts DID yield a solid season, at least considering that the Scouts WERE a last place team.

He would finish his NHL career with the Washington Capitals after the Saints folded, which enabled him to become a

free agent and sign on with another team. He would retire from playing in 1979 after finishing the season with the
CHL's Tulsa Oilers.

Life after playing was an easy one, as he became known for his off-ice work. First, he was appointed assistant coach

of the Miracle On Ice team by Herb Brooks. Patrick then took on an administrative role in the NHL when he joined
the Rangers as an assistant GM. A year later, at 34 years old, he became the youngest GM in NHL history.

He left the Rangers in 1986 to become the Athletic Director at his alma mater. He would return to the NHL in late

1989 when he became the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He would become the GM at season's end and hired
Bob Johnson to become the coach in his place.

Of course, his first days were his most successful as Penguins' GM.

He would stay in that seat until 2006.

He was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
Entry Draft: None