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Lynn Patrick, LW/C

Voting Overall:

Member of HHOF, 1980
Hart: 3rd in 1942
All Star Voting (LW unless listed otherwise) :1 (this is for all intents and purposes unanimous, as Milt Schmidt had the other vote), 2, 4, 4, 7 (at center),
Lady Byng: 6
Ranked Number 27 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger greats

Scoring Finishes:
Goals: 1, 5, 14
Assists: 6, 7, 12, 14,
Points: 2, 2, 4, 14,

Lynn Patrick was the son of Hall of Famer Lester Patrick and grew up on Canada's West Coast while his father operated the Pacific Coast Hockey Association with Lynn's uncle, Frank Patrick. The Patricks would come to be known as "Hockey's Royal Family" but Lynn grew up in a mainly non-hockey environment and didn't play organized hockey until he moved to Montreal in his late teens.
He played with the Montreal Royals that season and was signed, rather reluctantly, by his father to a contract with the New York Rangers for the 1934-35 season. There were many charges of nepotism and Lynn had to endure more than his share of ridicule from the Rangers' fans and press. But, he persevered and was selected as the National Hockey League's First Team All-Star left wing in 1942 and was a Second Team selection in 1943. He was a member of the Rangers' 1940 Stanley Cup winning team and led the league with 32 goals two years later in 1941-42.
Joe Pelletier:
With the Colville brothers and Alex Shibicky supporting the line of Phil Watson, Lynn Patrick and Cecil Dillon, the fans were delighted and the slick passing style caught the fans imagination.
The following three seasons were Lynn's best. He tied with Bryan Hextall for the point scoring leader on the Rangers in 1940-41, scoring 20 goals for the first time in his career. The following year he hit his peak, as he scored a league leading 32 goals and made the 1st All-Star team. The Rangers finished first that year, the last time a Ranger team would do that in over a half century.
In 1942-43, the Rangers were devastated by World War II, losing many players to the armed forces. Lynn was still around this season and had a good year, scoring 22 goals and 61 points to finish fourth in NHL scoring and making the second all-star team. At least the Rangers had Lynn to smile about that year, as the Rangers were just terrible and finished last.

But it would be even more horrible for the Rangers in 1943-44. Lynn Patrick was headed for greatness, but World War II put an end to that dream as now Lynn joined the armed forces to end the Nazi threat. The Rangers scored little and gave up a whopping 6.20 goals per game in 1943-44. When Lynn came back to the Rangers, he could not regain his old form. After 1945-46 he was farmed out to New Haven where he became coach.
The New York Rangers: Broadway’s Longest Running Hit by John Kreisler and Lou Friedman
Lynn Patrick, who eventually went on to play on a high scoring line with Phil Watson and Bryan Hextall, joined the Rangers in 1934 – thought he admitted in Eric Whitehead’s book: The Patricks: Hockey’s Royal Family : “One man I did not impress (in training camp) was Lester. However, Bill and Bun Cook apparently saw something Lester didn’t and told him he’d be crazy not to sign me.” It took him a few games to show he was more than the coach’s son, but Lynn eventually became an All-Star.
Rangers Top 100 Book:

Lynn Patrick (#27)

Virtually all professional athletes, including some of the Rangers' biggest stars, get booed at one time or another. But it's safe to say that left wing Lynn Patrick probably had the thickest skin of them all.

Ar six-feet, 200 pounds, Patrick had a better-than-average hockey body [...] He was a finesse player, prefer to dazzle on his skates and with his stick, eschewing the more robust exploit of some of his teammates, particularly the his rolllicking, hard-checking brother Muzz.

Madison Square Garden crowds often teased him with nicLknames such as ''twinkletoes'' or ''Sonja'', the latter a reference to the world-famous figure skating star of the era, Sonja Henie. Patrick merely shrugged it off, much as he had criticism and doubt that came earlier from, of all places, within his own family.

As great as Lynn's athleticism was, his father, Lester, the boss of the New York Rangers at the time, simply didn't think Lynn could make it in the NHL. Veterans Bill and Bun Cook, plus Frank Boucher, through otherwise, and pestered Lester mightily enough that he finally signed his eldeest son to a contract in 1934.
Lynn Patrick seemed to have a very accurate shot.
Montreal Gazette, April 1, 1935:
Lynn Patrick picked up the loose disc near the Maroons cage and, as Wentworth vainly tried to check him, flipped a quick shot to the corner that gave Connell no chance
Montreal Gazette, January 17, 1941
Hardly had they settled back in their seats when Lynn Patrick got his two goals, the first going off of Jack Crawford’s skate and the second aimed directly at the corner of the net.
Lynn Patrick also seems to have been an exceptional skater as well.
The Windsor Daily Star: December 26, 1935
Lynn Patrick, speedy son of Rangers’ manager Lester Patrick, clinched the game with a brilliant solo rush.
Kings of Ice:

Lynn was a smooth skater and strong puck carrier and the more refined of the two (Muzz Patrick) [...] He was solid workmanlike player in his first five years in the league.

I’m not going to sugarcoat this one. Patrick was an awful playoff performer. 44 games, 16 points. His peak 1942 season: 6 games, 1 goal, 0 assists. Overall during his three peak seasons, ,Patrick played in 21 playoff games, and scored 6 points. Why is this? For one thing, Patrick was certainly not the toughest guy out there. He was nicknamed “Sonia” upon first coming up with the Rangers, in honor of Sonia Henie, the figure skating champion. This not only referred to his skating skill, but also his lack of willingness to take punishment.

Miscellaneous links if you’re interested:

Here’s an awesome picture in the Google archives of Earl Seibert unceremoniously dumping Patrick to the ground (Patrick is literally parallel to the ice):
Also in awesome news, he was married to a model:

Shoutout to EB for the help

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