Craig Patrick accepts position with Buffalo Sabres
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Craig Patrick, who has served as a senior advisor in hockey operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets since December 2011, is leaving the organization to join the Buffalo Sabres, club President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced today.
“On behalf of Mr. McConnell, our ownership group and the entire Blue Jackets organization, I want to thank Craig for his service to our hockey club over the past two years,” said Davidson. “Craig is a consummate professional and gentleman who brought valuable experience and insight to the club and for that we are grateful. He was presented with a terrific opportunity in Buffalo and we wish him all the best.”
Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Patrick served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1989-2006 and helped lead the club to two Stanley Cup championships (1991 and 1992), five division titles and 11 playoff berths. He also served as the general manager of the New York Rangers from 1981-86 and his contributions to USA Hockey include serving as the general manager of Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Games and 1991 Canada Cup and assistant general manager/assistant coach of the gold medal-winning squad at the 1980 Olympic Games.
In 2001, Patrick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth member and third generation of his family to enter the Hall, joining his grandfather Lester, his father Lynn and his great-uncle Frank. He was inducted for his lifetime of achievements in all facets and at all levels of the sport.