The Patricks

Hockey's Royal Family

by Eric Whitehead

A first-rate chronicle of a four-generation family that has made hockey history for over 70 years.
The Patrick family is the greatest dynasty in Canada's national game, innovators who introduced the blue line, player numbers and the modern playoff system.
The dynasty began in British Columbia where Joe Patrick made a fortune in lumber, gambling it all by starting up a spunky west coast professional hockey league with his sons Lester and Frank--in 1911! After selling the league to the NHL in 1926, Lester went on to become the first coach of the New York Rangers. His sons, Lynn and Muzz, were New York stars before becoming coaches themselves. In 1980, the Patrick dynasty continued as ex-NHL player Craig (son of Lynn) was appointed Rangers coach.
Tracing the development of an influential hockey dynasty in great detail, The Patricks: Hockey's Royal Family offers a lively, colourful account of the game's exciting history.

About the Author

Eric Whitehead

ERIC WHITEHEAD has had a long career as a writer and a journalist, including time as sports columnist for the Vancouver Province.


"A warm family story, woven smoothly through colourful anecdotes, biographies and seven decades of hockey history."
Doug Peden, Victoria Times-Colonist

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