DALLAS - Current Washington Capitals president and former Dartmouth hockey player Dick Patrick '68 was honored by USA Hockey in early September as he was named one of the two recipients of the 2012 Lester Patrick Award, presented annually to individuals for their outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Monday night at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas, Patrick became the third member of his family to formally receive the award.
"I am extremely honored to receive this distinction as the Lester Patrick Trophy holds a special meaning to my family," Patrick said back in September upon first being notified of the honor. "In my 30 years with the Capitals, it has been especially rewarding to watch the growth of hockey in not only the United States, but specifically the D.C. area."
"The volunteers deserve the credit for the growth of hockey in the U.S. Without them we are not where we are today," Patrick said Monday night.
Having served in his current role with the Caps since the 1982-83 season, Patrick has helped the franchise to 23 playoff appearances in his time, including a run to the 1998 Stanley Cup Final. Prior to Patrick's arrival in the nation's capital, the team had not qualified for postseason play in its first eight seasons of existence.
"Dick has played an integral role not only in the growth of the Capitals organization, but also amateur hockey in the D.C. community," Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said. "Dick has committed himself to building a first-class organization on and off the ice. His dedication, calm demeanor and well-reasoned approach have been the bedrock of our franchise. If anyone embodies the qualities of being a true builder of our sport, it is Dick."
The award, named for Patrick's grandfather, was originally presented to the National Hockey League in 1966 and honors the memory of its namesake, a man that spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and is considered a pioneer in developing the game into what it is today.
A defenseman, Patrick played three seasons for the Big Green in the 1960s. In 58 career games with the team, he registered four goals and 11 assists for 15 points.
- Information for this release came from NHL.com and USAHockey.com