Frank Patrick (ice hockey)

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Frank Patrick
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1950
Frank Patrick, Vancouver Millionaires.jpg
Born (1885-12-21)December 21, 1885
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died June 29, 1960(1960-06-29) (aged 74)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Played for Vancouver Maroons (PCHA)
Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA)
Nelson Hockey Club (WKHL)
Renfrew Creamery Kings (NHA)
Montreal Victorias (ECAHA)
Playing career 1904–1924

Francis Alexis Patrick (December 21, 1885 – June 29, 1960) was an early Canadian professional ice hockey player, NHL head coach and manager.


While attending McGill University, Patrick played hockey from 1904 to 1908, winning the Queen's Cup championship in 1905 alongside his brother, Lester Patrick.

Frank and Lester helped found the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. He played for the Vancouver Millionaires of that league from 1911–1918, winning a Stanley Cup in 1915. He also served as PCHA president until 1924. In addition, he was the owner of the Vancouver Amazons women's hockey team. He became the managing director of the NHL in 1933–34 and resigned to become head coach of the Boston Bruins between 1934-1936.

Among Patrick's contributions to hockey were the blue line, the penalty shot, the boarding penalty, and the raising of the stick when a goal is scored, which he suggested. He also made a prophecy: "I dream of the day that teams will dress two goaltenders for each game." This became a reality in the NHL in 1964–65.

Frank Patrick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1950.[1] Patrick is also a member of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, elected in 1966.

On June 29, 1960, Frank died of a heart attack exactly four weeks after his brother Lester died, also of a heart attack.

Contributions to women's ice hockey[edit]

As early as January 1916, Frank and his brother Lester talked of the formation of a women's league to complement the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.[2] The proposal included teams from Vancouver, Victoria, Portland and Seattle. The league never formed but in January 1917, the Vancouver News-Advertiser reported that wives of the Seattle Metropolitans had assembled a team. In February 1921, Frank announced a women's international championship series that would be played in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.[3]

NHL coaching statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
Boston Bruins 1934-35 48 26 16 6 58 1st in American Lost in Semi-Finals
Boston Bruins 1935-36 48 22 20 6 50 2nd in American Lost in Semi-Finals
NHL Total 96 48 36 12

See also[edit]


  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2003). Honoured Members: Hockey Hall of Fame. Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing. ISBN 1-55168-239-7. 
  1. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame 2003, p. 20.
  2. ^ Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada, Wayne Norton, p.120, Ronsdale Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55380-073-6
  3. ^ Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada, Wayne Norton, p.115, Ronsdale Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55380-073-6

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Preceded by
Art Ross
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
Succeeded by
Art Ross