Vice Chairman, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
President, Washington Capitals
Dick Patrick has been part of the Washington
Capitals organization since 1982 and
was one of Ted Leonsis’s original partners
when Monumental Sports & Entertainment
was formed in June 2010. Mr. Patrick is
President of the Capitals and Vice Chairman
of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. For
the fi rst fi ve years of MSE’s existence, Mr.
Patrick also assumed initial responsibility
as Chief Operating Offi cer and was involved
in all facets of operating three professional
sports franchises – the Capitals, Washington
Wizards and the Washington Mystics –
and Capital One Arena.
For three generations the family name of Patrick has been synonymous
with the sport of hockey and the National Hockey League. Mr. Patrick’s
grandfather, Lester Patrick, was the longtime coach and general
manager of the New York Rangers. In his honor the Lester Patrick Trophy
is awarded annually for “outstanding service to hockey in the United
States.” It was Lester who instilled in his family the desire to remain active
in the advancement of the sport of hockey and the National Hockey
League. Mr. Patrick’s father, Muzz, and uncle, Lynn, both played on the
1940 New York Rangers team that captured the Stanley Cup. In October
2012, Dick Patrick was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions
to hockey in the United States. Last season Mr. Patrick and his
son, Chris, who is the Capitals director of player personnel, became the
sixth and seventh family members of the Patrick to win the Stanley Cup,
a tradition that goes back 100 years in their legendary family.
Mr. Patrick’s cousin, Craig Patrick, played for the Capitals from 1977-79.
He won two Stanley Cups as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2001 in the
Before Mr. Patrick’s arrival, the Capitals had never advanced to postseason
play. In his 34 seasons with the club, Washington has qualifi ed
for the playoffs 27 times – including the team’s Stanley Cup championship
in 2018, the run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998 and three Presidents’
Trophy-winning teams (2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17).
In addition to his commitment to the Capitals, Mr. Patrick previously
served as co-chairman of the Washington, D.C., Division of the Fighting
Blindness League. FBL, a charity event sponsored by the National
Hockey League, benefi ts the Foundation Fighting Blindness in the fi ght
against retinal degenerative diseases. Held in nine NHL cities on the eve
of the Stanley Cup playoffs, FBL gives participants the chance to “own”
an imaginary NHL franchise and participate in a rotisserie-style fantasy
draft of NHL players.
Born in 1946 in Victoria, B.C., Mr. Patrick grew up in the United States.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a law
degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. He
has developed commercial real estate in the Washington, D.C., area for
more than 20 years and, while raising children who have skated within
local youth hockey programs, he has been instrumental in increasing the
Capitals’ involvement in youth programs throughout the area.
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