Although Craig Patrick had a healthy playing career in the 1970’s, it was in the builder’s category that he entered the Hockey Hall of Fame. Patrick first became known for his behind the bench work as the Assistant Coach for the United States Miracle on Ice Team that won the 1980 Olympics. Patrick would later become the Director of Hockey Operations for the New York Rangers, and would also coach them for two separate stints; however it was his work in Pittsburgh that got him into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The grandson of Lester Patrick and son of Lynn Patrick (both Hall of Famers themselves) would put together a team that would win two Stanley Cups, and was a perennial contender after that. As such, it was primarily for this reason that his ticket was punched to Toronto.
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