Just when it looked like the Capitals were headed for another disappointing exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, they showed signs of life.
The Capitals scored three times in the third period for a 4-2 win over the Penguins to stave off elimination in their second-round playoff series.
Patterson, 59, is a Wisconsin native who graduated from the University of Texas in 1980 with a degree in business administration. His father, Ray, was the general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets and Patterson later worked for the Rockets as well. He also led the Rockets’ successful bid to host the 1989 NBA All-Star Game in The Astrodome.
He has held executive positions with the AHL’s Houston Aeros and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, as well as the NFL’s Houston Texans, who landed Super Bowl XXXVIII thanks, in part, to Patterson’s efforts. Patterson was the AD at Arizona State from March of 2012 to September of 2013, before he left to assume the same title at his alma mater. Though he was fired on Sept. 15, 2015, the Coyotes are clearly hoping Patterson’s NBA relationships and his experience at Arizona State will help the Coyotes find a new home for the upcoming season and beyond.
The team had a deal in place with Arizona State, which actually has an NCAA Division I hockey program. The Coyotes were going to play at Arizona State’s 16,000-seat arena before the school unexpectedly pulled out of the agreement in February. That has since led Bettman and NBA commissioner Adam Silver to convince Suns owner Robert Sarver to share Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix with the Coyotes.
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