For the second straight year, an ex-Leaf has been named as a winner of the Lester Patrick Award in recognition of outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Defenceman Phil Housley, who registered 1,232 points in 1,495 career NHL games, will be one of four recipients who will be honoured in Minnesota on October 22.

Housley’s career as a Leaf was short-lived, lasting only one regular season game plus three playoff games. His career in blue and white will be forever marred by a pair of shifts in Game #2 of Toronto’s opening round playoff series against Philadelphia where he was victimized for Flyers goals.

Joining Housley as an honouree is Anaheim GM Brian Burke who guided the Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and has long been rumoured as the successor to current Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher.

Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, who starred in Detroit on the famed “Production Line” with Gordie Howe and Sid Abel, and Minnesota Wild founding owner Bob Naegele Jr are the other two recipients for 2008.

Last year former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brian Leetch was one of the recipients named for the award, in a class that included long-time hockey journalist and broadcaster Stan Fischler.

Link: PA Sportsticker