Vice Chairman, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
President, Washington Capitals
Dick Patrick has been part of the Washington Capitals organization since 1982 and is one of Ted Leonsis’s original partners when Monumental Sports & Entertainment was formed in 2010. Mr. Patrick is president of the Capitals and vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. For the first five years of MSE’s existence, Mr. Patrick also assumed initial responsibility as chief operating officer and was involved in all facets of operating not only the Capitals but also the Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Verizon Center. He has served as president of the Capitals’ franchise for more than two decades.
For three generations the family name of Patrick has been synonymous with the sport of hockey and the National Hockey League. Patrick’s grandfather, Lester Patrick, was the longtime coach and general manager of the New York Rangers. In his honor, the Lester Patrick Trophy is awarded annually for “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.” Patrick’s father, Muzz, and uncle, Lynn, both played on the 1940 New York Rangers team that captured the Stanley Cup. In 2012 Dick Patrick was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to hockey in the United States.
Before Patrick’s arrival, the Capitals never had advanced to postseason play. In his 30-plus seasons with the club, Washington has qualified for the playoffs 26 times – including the team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998 and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning club in 2009-10.
Born in 1946 in Victoria, B.C., Patrick grew up in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. He has developed commercial real estate in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 20 years and, while raising children who have skated within local youth hockey programs, he has been instrumental in increasing the Capitals’ involvement in youth programs throughout the area.
Mr. Patrick was a leader in the conception and development of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the team’s state-of-the-art training center and office building that opened in 2006 in Arlington, Va.