Nailers’ Coach Has Victoria Ties

By Cleve Dheensaw
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005

VICTORIA, British Columbia – It’s hard to imagine new Wheeling Nailers head coach Glenn Patrick not having more than just a passing interest in his squad’s Nov. 6 ECHL match-up at home against the Victoria Salmon Kings.

Patrick’s family is iconic in the history of Victoria sports. His father Lynn and uncle Muzz are two of the greatest athletes ever produced by the B.C. capital — from rugby to track to boxing they could do it all — and grandfather Lester is the greatest hockey builder ever in Victoria.

Glenn Patrick is the brother of Pittsburgh Penguins GM Craig Patrick, the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes winner who has a smile these days from Pennsylvania to British Columbia.

Both Glenn and Craig Patrick were born after their dad Lynn left Victoria to become a Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers and later variously coach, GM and front-office executive of the Rangers, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Both Glenn and Craig are Americans — Craig Patrick was GM of the improbable Miracle On Ice U.S. team at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics and of the silver-medalist U.S. squad at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games — and now have only a fading connection to Victoria.

Craig Patrick did however bring the Stanley Cup to Victoria — where his grandfather guided the Victoria Cougars to the 1925 Cup victory — in the early 1990s for a family reunion.

Family sporting ties still run deep for the Patricks. Glenn Patrick worked for his brother as a Penguins scout before taking the job last week as head coach of the Nailers when Pat Bingham suddenly departed for Bridgeport of the AHL. Glenn still works for his brother — the Nailers are the Pens’ ECHL farm team. Patrick will also now be coaching his son, Curtiss Patrick, in Wheeling as the family sporting dynasty continues into another generation.

Glenn Patrick has ample AHL experience as head coach for two seasons of the Syracuse Crunch. His time as head coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL farm team for Pittsburgh, was rather indifferent with a 115-152-38 record.