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Dick Patrick to receive Lester Patrick award

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Dick Patrick to receive Lester Patrick award

Its not every day a person is named the recipient of a national award named after his grandfather.

On Tuesday, Capitals Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer and President Dick Patrick was named one of two recipients of the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to the sport of hockey in the United States.

Dick Patrick, the grandson of Lester Patrick, will share the honor with Fort Komets broadcaster Bob Chase at the annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration in Dallas on Oct. 15.

"It means a lot to me, especially when you see the work my family has done over all these years," Patrick said. "This sport has grown a great deal in Washington and that takes a lot more people than myself."

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was first presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sports development.

The son of former Rangers player and coach Muzz Patrick, Dick Patrick has carried on the unparalleled tradition of franchise building long established by Americas first hockey family.

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he grew up in the United States, played college hockey at Dartmouth and earned his law degree from American University.

Since 1982-83, Dick Patrick has served as president of the Capitals, leading them to the postseason in 23 of the last 29 seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.

Caps owner Ted Leonsis credits Patrick with bringing him into the world of ice hockey in 1999 and in signing Alex Ovechkin to a 13-year contract extension in 2008.

He pushed us all to make that aggressive move," Leonsis said at the time, as noted by a story on NHL.com. Dick is steady, mature, honest and has very high levels of personal integrity. He may seem low-key but the passions for our team and the game boil at high levels within.

Patrick also spearheaded construction of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Caps state-of-the-art training facility in Arlington that also is home to local youth hockey programs.

As vice chairman and chief operating officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Patrick oversees all revenue generation for the Leonsis-founded company that owns the Capitals, the Wizards, the Mystics and Verizon Center. Patrick also supervises all upgrades and improvements to Verizon Center geared toward enhancing fan experience.

Patrick is also the cousin of former Capital Craig Patrick, who won two Stanley Cups as general manager of the Penguins and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2001.

Tickets to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Ceremony are available by visiting USHockeyHallofFame.com.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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