By Len Bardsley
Special To NHL.com
When Glenn Patrick left the hockey world to work in the restaurant and construction business, he probably didn’t hear the question — when are you going to get a real job? — from his family.
It would be easy to understand if Glenn Patrick did hear it, however, since hockey has been the Patrick family business for nearly a century.
Glenn Patrick is back in the family business these days, coaching the Wheeling Nailers. He is keeping the tradition of having Patricks in hockey since his grandfather, Lester, helped found the NHL and his father, Lynn, played in the league before coaching the Rangers and Bruins were he later became the general manager, a position he held until becoming GM of the St. Louis Blues.
Glenn isn’t the only Patrick involved with the Nailers, his son, Curtiss, is a forward and his nephew, Ryan, is the media director. It seems like a natural fit for Glenn Patrick, who coached the Nailers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, for four seasons, ending after the 2002-2003 season.
Patrick didn’t have to acquaint himself with the Nailers too much after taking over for Pat Bingham. Patrick knew some of the players from having them called up to Wilkes-Barre and then there were all the games he watched Curtiss play for the Nailers.
Curtiss played 43 games for the Nailers last season, scoring two goals and adding an assist, while picking up 99 penalty minutes.
“I was pretty excited to get the opportunity to coach,” said Patrick. “I had a couple of tough years in Wilkes-Barre and sometimes you need a break. It is exciting to get back into it. I had a pretty good feel for it. We did have a lot of call-ups and I watched quite a few of (Curtiss’) games.”
It is a bonus for Patrick to coach his son for the first time since Curtiss was a 12-year-old.
“It is really unexplainable what a thrill it is,” Patrick said. “I wake up every morning excited to go to the rink and be with him.”
Patrick grew up going to the rink with his father and always knew he wanted to get involved in hockey. Lynn Patrick was head coach of the Bruins from 1950 to 1955 and general manager from 1953 until 1965.