The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and longtime scout Bob Crocker will receive the 2015 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The Lester Patrick Trophy was given to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966 and is one of the most prestigious in hockey.
“By honoring Jeremy Jacobs and Bob Crocker, the Lester Patrick Award selection committee has recognized the dedication and drive of two important contributors to hockey in the United States,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“Jeremy Jacobs – as owner for 41 years of the NHL’s first U.S.-based team and long-serving Chairman of our Board of Governors – has provided unparalleled vision, innovation and inspiration to the advancement of hockey and the NHL. As a coach, a scout and a hockey executive, Bob Crocker has devoted decades to the development of young American players. Congratulations to both on this long overdue recognition.”
Both recipients will be honored as part of the U. S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on December 17, 2015 in Boston.
Jacobs, owner of the Bruins for 41 years, has served as Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors since 2007. He also sits on the League’s Executive Committee. He was a 2006 inductee into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Jacobs and his family have also owned minor league baseball and hockey teams.
Jacobs was honored with the St. Jude Award for Inspiration in Sports at the 2013 Global Sports Summit and has worked extensively in a number of charitable endeavors. He has been a leading advocate for U.S. Tourism and served several terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board after being appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and the White House.
He’s a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Management and the Harvard University School of Business Advanced Management Program. Jacobs holds honorary doctorates from the University at Buffalo, Canisius College, Niagara University and Johnson & Wales University.
“Lester Patrick is a hockey legend,” said Jacobs, “and his contributions to the game here in the United States are innumerable. As a hockey fan I’m indebted to him, and it’s a great honor to join the ranks of the past recipients of this award.”
Crocker, nicknamed the “dean” of New England hockey scouts, has won three Stanley Cups scouting for the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings. He’s also won the Calder Cup with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) and two NCAA titles with Boston University, serving at the latter as freshman coach and key recruiter.
Crocker was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006. He served as head coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1972-76 and was assistant general manager of the Hartford Whalers for 12 seasons (1980-92). He scouted for the Rangers from 1993-05 before he joined the Kings in 2005.
Crocker is a graduate of Boston University and played one varsity season for the Terriers in 1954-55.