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Muzz Patrick

Muzz Patrick, a former player, coach and general manager for the New York Rangers born into a family steeped in hockey tradition, died July 23rd, 1998 at the age of 83. Patrick apparently died of a heart attack.

Muzz Patrick was the son of Hall of Famer Lester Patrick, who along with his brother Frank was one of hockey's greatest builders and innovators. Muzz's brother Lynn also played and coached in the NHL, as did his nephews Craig and Glenn.

Patrick's grandfather Joseph helped build the first artificial ice rinks in Canada, at Vancouver and Victoria.

As a player, the 6-2, 205-pound Patrick was a rough and tumble defenseman. He played 166 games over four seasons with New York, winning a Stanley Cup in 1940.

Nicknamed "Muzz" since childhood because of his hair cut, Patrick gained renown for a one-punch victory over Boston defenseman Eddie Shore at Madison Square Garden in 1939.

Patrick's hockey career was interrupted in 1941 when he served in the army. After the war, he returned to the Rangers for one more season, 1945-46, before turning to coaching and managing minor league teams in Seattle and Victoria.

He followed his father and brother as coach of the Rangers on Jan. 6, 1954, succeeding Hall of Famer Frank Boucher. At the end of that season, Phil Watson became the coach and Patrick moved up to become GM from 1955-64. He swung several memorable trades, including acquiring Doug Harvey from Montreal to become player-coach in 1961 and later swapping Gump Worsley to Montreal for Jacques Plante in a trade of all-star goalies.

Patrick's record as Rangers coach was 46-66-27. He worked a variety of executive positions at the Garden before retiring in 1973.

1 comments:

Mike HOLLETT 12:28 AM  

rsqprot7MY NAME IS MICHAEL LYNN HOLLETT.

I AM WRITING A BIOGRAPHY CONCRENING MY FATHER "FLASH HOLLETT" WHO PLAYED AGAINST MUZZ AND LYNN FOR MANY YEARS IN THE 30's AND 40's. DAD PLAYED WITH BOSTON BRUINS AT THAT TIME AND THEY HAD GREAT TIMES TO GETHER ON AND OFF THE ICE; DAD TOLD MANY AMUSING HOCKEY STORIES AND I AM LOOKING FOR ANY THAT I MIGHT INCLUDE IN THE BOOK.
DAD ALSO PLAYED WITH LEAFS SENATORS,WINGS WHERE HE SET RTHGE 20 GOAL IN 50 GAMES SEASON.
I'D APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE TO GET IN CONTACT WITH CRAIG PATRICK. THANKS

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