Happy Father's Day everyone.
The picture above features the well dressed "Silver Fox" Lester Patrick, one of the most important figures in all of hockey history. He and his brother Frank would certainly have to rank in top ten of the most influential people in the game.
Here he is flanked by his sons Muzz and Lynn, two pretty good players in their own right. Both were members of the 1940 Stanley Cup winning Rangers team. Lynn also had two sons who went to appear in the NHL - Craig and Glenn Patrick.
There have been lots of father-son combos in NHL history. Here's a photographic look at some of the more famous families of hockey.
Here's Bobby Hull and son Brett Hull:
Gordie Howe and sons Mark and Marty, with mom Colleen:
Although Walter Gretzky never came close to playing in the National Hockey League, he ranks as the most famous hockey dad. Wayne Gretzky's success certainly helped. By the way, Mr. Gretzky had two other sons who went on to long pro careers, though mostly in the minor leagues, Keith and Brent, the latter of which played 13 games in the NHL.
Lastly, here's an interesting picture courtesy of Hockey Zone Plus. It is of Peter Stastny and his wife, posing with their four kids back in 1990. Of course, the two sons, Paul and Yan, have gone on to their own successful hockey careers. The two girls, Katarina and Kristina, are very good tennis players.