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 "Frank" Patrick (December 21, 1885 – June 29, 1960) was an early Canadian professional ice hockey player, NHL head coach and manager. His brother Lester Patrick was also a professional ice hockey player, coach and executive.

Career[edit]

Patrick was the son of a wealthy lumberman Joseph Patrick, who invented the idea of putting numbers on players' uniforms.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Playing[edit]

Season Team League Regular season Playoffs
G G A Pts PIM G G A Pts PIM
1903–04 Montreal Victorias CAHL 5 4 1 5 0 -- -- -- -- --
1904–05 Montreal Westmount CAHL 2 4 0 4 0 -- -- -- -- --
1905–06 McGill University CIAU 3 6 0 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
1906–07 McGill University CIAU 4 6 0 6 12 -- -- -- -- --
1907–08 Montreal Victorias ECAHA 8 7 2 9 6 -- -- -- -- --
1908–09 Nelson HC BCBHL 5 9 0 9 0 -- -- -- -- --
1909–10 Renfrew Creamery Kings NHA 11 8 0 8 23 -- -- -- -- --
1910–11 Nelson HC BCBHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1911–12 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 15 23 0 23 0 -- -- -- -- --
1912–13 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 15 23 0 23 0 -- -- -- -- --
1913–14 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 14 12 8 20 17 -- -- -- -- --
1914–15 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 16 11 9 20 3 -- -- -- -- --
1914–15 Vancouver Millionaires St. Cup -- -- -- -- -- 3 2 1 3 0
1915–16 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 8 3 1 4 3 -- -- -- -- --
1916–17 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 23 13 13 26 30 -- -- -- -- --
1917–18 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 1 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1922–23 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 2 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1923–24 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 4 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --

Coaching[edit]

Season Team Regular season Playoffs
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
1911–12 Vancouver Millionaires 15 7 8 0 14 2nd Out of playoff
1912–13 Vancouver Millionaires 14 7 7 0 14 2nd Out of playoff
1913–14 Vancouver Millionaires 16 7 9 0 14 3rd Out of playoff
1914–15 Vancouver Millionaires 17 13 4 0 26 1st Won Stanley Cup
1915–16 Vancouver Millionaires 18 9 9 0 18 2nd Out of playoff
1916–17 Vancouver Millionaires 23 14 9 0 28 2nd Out of playoff
1917–18 Vancouver Millionaires 18 9 9 0 18 2nd Won playoff vs Seattle, lost in Stanley Cup Final
1918–19 Vancouver Millionaires 20 12 8 0 24 1st Lost in playoff to Seattle
1924–25 Vancouver Maroons 28 12 16 0 24 5th Out of playoffs
1925–26 Vancouver Maroons 30 10 18 1 22 6th Out of playoffs
1929–30 Vancouver Lions 36 20 8 8 48 1st Defeated Portland in League Final
1934-35 Boston Bruins 48 26 16 6 58 1st in American Lost in semi-final
1935-36 Boston Bruins 48 22 20 6 50 2nd in American Lost in semi-final
NHL Total 96 48 36 12  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitehead 1980, p. 127.
  2. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame 2003, p. 20.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
1934-36
Succeeded by
Art Ross