One of the most important pieces in franchise history is coming back to Pittsburgh to embark on his second stint with the Penguins. Former general manager Craig Patrick has been hired as a pro scout, Jim Rutherford announced on Monday evening. Patrick previously served as the team’s general manager between 1989-2006, winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992.
The Penguins have hired Hockey Hall-of-Famer Craig Patrick as a pro scout. Patrick, 72, is beginning his second stint with the Penguins organization, having served as GM for 17 seasons from 1989-2006.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 19, 2018
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Patrick’s legacy in Pittsburgh extends far past the two Stanley Cups of the early 90’s, with his fingerprints still visible on today’s Penguins team. As general manager, he was responsible for drafting Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Kris Letang near the end of his tenure. Patrick also drafted Marc- Andre Fleury with the top overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft. In total, 10 of players who played during the team’s 2009 Stanley Cup run were drafted by Patrick.
During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Patrick made many notable trades that brought in some of the best players in team history. Those names include Hall of Famers Joe Mullen, Larry Murphy, Ron Francis, and Luc Robitaille. Other fan favorites brought in by Patrick include Ulf Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet, Alexei Kovalev, and Johan Hedberg.
After a tough 2005-06 season, Patrick was let go by the Penguins and replaced as general manager with Ray Shero. Patrick then moved on to advisory roles with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres.
Prior to joining the Penguins in 1989, Patrick was best known for being an assistant to Herb Brooks on the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team who won the gold medal and defeated in the Soviet Union in the famous “Miracle on Ice” game in Lake Placid.
Patrick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.