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Chris Young visits Hockey Hall of Fame with wife, a member of NHL’s Patrick family

Royals pitcher Chris Young joins teammates in running to warm up before Monday's ALCS baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Royals pitcher Chris Young joins teammates in running to warm up before Monday's ALCS baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto. jsleezer@kcstar.com

On Tuesday, Chris Young will be the starting pitcher for the Royals on one of baseball’s biggest stages in American League Championship Series Game 4. On Monday, he visited another sport’s shrine, taking his wife and youngest son to the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.

Elizabeth Young is a great-granddaughter of Lester Patrick, a Stanley Cup-winning NHL player, coach and executive who is enshrined in the hall along with his brother Frank, son Lynn and grandson Craig, who once played for the Kansas City Scouts.

“There are four Patrick members in the Hall of Fame. I gave her a hard time, because I think in the past she told me five,” Young said. “She stood corrected this morning.”

In addition to their playing careers, Lester Patrick and Frank also helped build Canada’s first artificial ice rinks in the early 20th Century. Elizabeth took a picture next to a statue of Lester Patrick at the hall and viewed her family name etched into the Stanley Cup.

“It was a wonderful experience, it’s an amazing place, the tradition,” Young said. “Certainly I appreciate the hockey heritage that much more.”

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer takes batting practice before Monday's ALCS Game 3 in Toronto.

KC represented at hall

The Hockey Hall of Fame contains all of the sport’s important artifacts.

There are some of the first sticks, pucks and skates ever used. There’s a replica Montreal Canadiens locker room, with sweaters of legendary players such as Maurice Richard hanging from the stalls. The original Stanley Cup bowl lies inside a bank vault. Photographs of inductees line the Great Hall.

And of course, there’s a Kansas City Scouts jersey.

No, Kansas City’s two NHL seasons aren’t completely forgotten. A “NHL Retro” display case contains jerseys and other pieces related to the league’s defunct franchises, including the Colorado Rockies, the team the Scouts became after they moved out of Kemper Arena and to Denver in the summer of 1976. The Rockies moved to New Jersey in 1982.

The KC jersey at the hall is of Simon Nolet, a right winger who scored the first goal in franchise history. He was chosen fifth by the Scouts in the 1974 expansion draft because, as former Kansas City Star sportswriter Joe Posnanski once wrote, they thought his name sounded like that of a hockey player (it’s pronounced SEE-mon no-LAY).

About 15,000 attended the Scouts’ first home game at Kemper in 1974, but as the team lost, attendance plummeted. They finished 15-54-11 in 1974-75 and 12-56-12 the next season, winning one of their final 44 games and going winless in their final 27.

Cain hit streak

With a single in the third inning, Lorenzo Cain extended his postseason hitting streak to 12 games, setting a franchise record. Amos Otis held the previous record with 11. The major-league record for most consecutive postseason games with a hit is 17, held by Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox and Hank Bauer and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.

Gore running late

Royals outfielder Terrance Gore joined the team before Game 3 on Monday night because of a passport issue. Gore flew to Atlanta on Sunday to retrieve it and then headed to Toronto on Monday.

Beverage watch

Beer was to be sold in plastic cups instead of cans on the 500 level at Rogers Center for Game 3, the first Blue Jays home game since unruly fans caused delays during Toronto’s Game 5 AL Division Series victory over Texas.

Major League Baseball was reviewing security procedures at the stadium, where fans threw beer cans and other objects onto the turf after Texas scored a go-ahead run on an odd play involving a ball thrown back to the pitcher that ricocheted off a Rangers player’s bat. The Jays came back to win 6-3.

Chris Fickett: 816-234-4354, @ChrisFickett

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