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A member of one of hockey’s most prominent family, Craig Patrick (HHOF ’01) learned to skate from his father Lynn, a New York Rangers legend. He signed with the California Golden Seals in 1971 but was a modest player. He moved to various basement dwellers including Kansas City, St. Louis and Washington before retiring in 1979 to became an assistant coach and GM for the US Olympic team. After the “Miracle on Ice”, Patrick became a hot commodity: he became GM of the New York Rangers in 1981, just as his grandfather had been. In his five years with New York, the team never missed the playoffs. He moved to the University of Denver and then to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he engineered the Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992. He was the second-longest serving GM in the NHL at the end of his tenure in 2006. Craig is also a member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame.