NHL announces 2012 Lester Patrick Award winners


The NHL and USA Hockey announced their 2012 recipients of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in America today.

Washington Capitals executive Dick Patrick and Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster Bob Chase/Wallenstein will receive honors this year during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies next month.

Patrick has been president of the Capitals since 1982-83 and has seen the team go from being an also-ran in the league to one of the premiere franchises in the league. In the 29 seasons since Patrick has been at the helm of the team, they’ve made the playoffs 23 times and the Stanley Cup finals once in 1998.

Chase/Wallenstein has been the voice of the Komets since 1953 and called the team’s CHL championship this past season. Putting in nearly 60 years of work is virtually unbelievable in this day and age and NBC’s Doc Emrick cites Chase/Wallenstein as an inspiration to pursue his own award-winning career.

PHT Morning Skate: Jonas Hiller celebrates the mustache for Movember

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

With November coming up and that being a chance to take part in the Movember charity for Hockey Fights Cancer, Jonas Hiller is going to wear the most awesome mustachioed mask we’ve ever seen. (The Goalie Guild)

Got a coach you’re looking to get fired? TSN’s Darren Dreger takes a look at ten guys that could soon be bench bosses in the NHL. (TSN)

Congrats to Mark Johnson, Bob Pulford, Tony Rossi, and Jeff Sauer for winning the Lester Patrick Award. (NHL)

Peter Regin’s shoulder is acting up on him all over again. This author can empathize all too well. (Senators Extra)

Has the NHL been also running the Dallas Stars along with the Coyotes? Tyler Dellow is on it. (mc79hockey)

Carey Price on Max Pacioretty playing last night against Philly: “He’s got some big nuts.” All righty then. (Renaud Lavoie)

Brian Elliott just keeps winning for St. Louis, this time in shutout form over Vancouver. Jaroslav who? (NBC Sports )

The win for St. Louis was also the franchise’s 1,500th win in team history. They’re just one win behind the number of games Nicklas Lidstrom has played. (Blues)

So much for Colorado’s road winning streak. Calgary kept them quiet 4-2 thanks to Rene Bourque’s two goals. (NBC Sports)

Martin Erat is getting really close to returning to action, so says Barry Trotz. (Tennessean)

Finally, real Bruins fans might want to look away. CSNNE.com’s Kevin Walsh found some of the most hardcore phony Bruins fans in Boston. (CSNNE.com)