Saturday, January 26, 2019
Five (5) members of the Patrick family have won the Stanley Cup, which may contribute to why they are called, “Hockey’s Royal Family.”
The history of the Patrick family and hockey starts in 1883 when Lester Patrick was born in Drummondville Quebec. Lester’s younger brother Frank, was born two (2) years later in Ottawa.
Lester Patrick won several Stanley Cup’s, two (2) of which came when he coached the New York Rangers. In 1928, he had to play a game in net following an injury to their goaltender, he won a second cup behind the bench in 1933.
Frank won his Stanley Cup in 1915 while playing for the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, a league which the two (2) brothers founded in British Columbia.
Frank and Lester’s three (3) sisters were a part hockey too, they played for the Nelson Ladies Hockey Club, coached by Lester for a short time.
Lester had two (2)sons Lynn and Murray “Muzz” Patrick, who were both on the New York Rangers 1940 Stanley Cup winning team.
The final Patrick to win a Stanley Cup was Lynn’s son Craig Patrick, who won his Stanley Cups back to back years in 1991 and 1992 as the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Craig was also an assistant coach during the famous Miracle on Ice when the United States defeated the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics.