He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.
His grandfather, Lester Patrick, was New York Rangers' GM for fifty years before Craig took over the job in 1981.
While Craig Patrick was General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team won two Stanley Cups and one President's Trophy.
For outstanding service to hockey in the United States, in the 1999-2000 season, he was awarded Lester Patrick Trophy, which was named for his grandfather.
Craig and his brother Glenn were teammates with the NHL's California Seals in the 1974-75 season.
As Penguins' GM, he got his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup, making him the third generation of his family to be so honored.
In the 1980 Olympics, he served as assistant coach under "Badger" Bob Johnson, later as GM in Pittsburgh, Patrick hired Johnson as the Penguins' head coach.
As a player, he helped the University of Denver Pioneers win back to back NCAA championships (1968 & 69).
When Craig took over as General Manager of the New York Rangers in 1981, he became the youngest man (at 34) to ever be an NHL GM.
He served as General Manager for the 2002 silver medal winning US Olympic team.
In addition to playing in the NHL, Craig played for the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints in the 1976-77 season.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, becoming the first person ever to join his father and grandfather as members of the hall.
In the 2004 film "Miracle", he was portrayed by actor Noah Emmerich.
Craig Patrick is the longest serving (at sixteen years) GM in Pittsburgh Penguins history.
He was Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach for the Gold Medal winning 1980 US Olympic hockey team.
"The Sporting News" named him NHL Executive-of-the-Year in 1998 and 1999.
He played on the US National team from 1969-71 and in the 1976 Canada Cup.
He attended the University of Denver.
He played eight seasons in the NHL with California, St. Louis, Kansas City and Washington.