He is one of a multi-generational family of hockey royalty – the Patrick family. He is son of Lynn Patrick and the grandson of Lester Patrick (his brother Glenn Patrick also played in the NHL). From 1989–2006, he served 17 years as the general manager of the Pittsburgh, as well the New York Rangers.
But he is also familiar with the Olympics.
Patrick served as Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach under herb Brooks for the 1980 US Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey team, the Miracle on Ice.
Patrick was also the general manager for the 2002 US Olympic team, also coached by Brooks, which won the silver medal – the first US hockey medal since the 1980 team. This tournament was further notable as it was largely the same roster that underperformed in the 1998 Olympics, yet aging players like Mike Richter and Phil Housley performed well beyond expectations and were named to the 2002 tournament all-star team.
During both Olympic tournaments, the Team USA defeated the Soviets/Russians in the semi-finals.
In this Journey into Hockey, we speak with Craig Patrick about his Olympic experiences, as well as the important role he and his family have played in hockey for over a century.