WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild announced on Thursday that Craig Patrick, an assistant coach for the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, will be behind the bench this weekend when the Wild takes on the Alaska Avalanche at the Town Toyota Center.
Patrick, one of the team's founders, will call Wenatchee home for a couple weeks. During that time, he will help coach the team and assist Bill Stewart, the team’s president and managing partner, in the search for a new full-time head coach.
“Craig is a friend and one of the brightest hockey minds in the country,” Stewart said. “We are extremely lucky to have his expert assistance.”
Patrick played eight seasons of NHL hockey with the California Golden Seals, the St. Louis Blues, the Kansas City Scouts and the Washington Capitals. He registered 72 goals and 91 assists (163 points) in 401 NHL games.
After his playing career, Patrick served under head coach Herb Brooks during the storied 1980 U.S. Olympic team’s shocking upset over the Soviet Union en route to the gold medal.
Patrick went on to serve as general manager of the NHL’s New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.