The Lester Patrick Trophy has been presented by the National Hockey League and USA Hockey since 1966 to honor a recipient's contribution to ice hockey in the United States. It is considered a non-NHL trophy because it may be awarded to players, coaches, officials, and other personnel outside the NHL. The trophy is named after Lester Patrick (1883–1960), player and long time coach of the New York Rangers, who was a developer of ice hockey.
It just happens to be an award I do not think many are aware of, and one Mike Modano should and probably will receive at the end of this season. I do believe that maybe he has been somewhat overlooked, if ANYONE deserves early recognition for contribution to the game of hockey in United States it would be Modano. Gretzky paved the way for hockey in Texas, but Modano cemented it all while becoming the greatest American born player ever.