The Stanley Cup was back in Washington DC area this week and made a special visit to the Patrick family’s home.
Dick and Chris Patrick are the sixth and seventh family members to win the Stanley Cup, a tradition that goes back 100 years in their legendary family.
Philip Pritchard, the Keeper of the Cup, shared a photo of the two with the Cup today along with a photo of Dick’s grandfather, Lester, with the New York Rangers in 1940. Lester won the Cup a remarkable six times, the last time as a General Manager in 1940. His sons Muzz and Lynn also played on that team’s roster.
The day before, Chris Patrick’s kids ate an ice cream sundae out of the Stanley Cup.
Feeding time at the zoo! Washington Capitals, Director of Player Personnel, Chris Patrick’s kids and relatives devour an ice cream sundae at a local establishment (Vienna, VA) #StanleyCup @Capitals @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/qdW4ose9Bp
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 19, 2018
The Patrick family’s achievements in hockey is one for the NHL history books. Dick Patrick represents the third generation of Patricks to serve in the executive level of an NHL team. His son, Chris, serves as the Capitals’ Director of Player Personnel.
Dick’s grandfather, Lester, saw his time in hockey begin along with his brother Frank back in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in 1911. After playing, coaching, and serving as executives, they were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947 (Lester) and 1958 (Frank).
Dick’s father Muzz played in the NHL, coached the Rangers, and served as their General Manager for a few seasons, but he unceremoniously wrote his own name on the Stanley Cup when he was thirteen.
“But the first time my dad, Muzzy, and his brother, Lynn got their names on the Cup was when they were kids. The Rangers won it in 1928. My dad was about 13 then, and Lynn was a couple of years older,” Dick said to Mike Vogel. “They lived in Victoria, British Columbia then and my grandfather [Lester Patrick] would go back east [to New York, where he was head coach and general manager of the Rangers] for the hockey season and come home for the summer. Back in those days, he just brought the Stanley Cup home, because they had won it. He took it home and put it in the basement for the summer. Lynn and Muzz took a nail and scratched their names on it. So that was the first time they got their names on the Stanley Cup.”
After all this time, Dick finally joins his family legacy and will have his name professionally etched into the Cup.
Along with the hockey legacy the Patrick family leaves behind, Dick’s nephew Steve plays drums in the indie pop band Young Rising Sons. (YRS recorded RMNB podcast theme song.)
Steve shared a photo with the Cup on his Instagram today. In the photo, Steve placed his tattoo, a pair of his fathers skates, against the cup in his memory.
He shared a video drinking out of the Cup.
And the family’s photo with the Cup.
“We’re all so excited for my uncle,” Steve said. “He’s been at it for so long and nobody is more passionate about the sport and more deserving to win than he is. He’s a quiet guy in public but behind closed doors he is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever talked hockey with-not to mention one of the most sincere humans I’ve ever met. It’s so fun so see him and my cousins and their kids celebrate something our entire family has been rooting so long for.
“He genuinely loves and loves for this team and our whole family does too,” Steve continued. “It’s in our blood!”
Ian Oland also contributed to this story.
Headline photo: @keeperofthecup
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