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Author Topic: RIP Pat Quinn - A Hockey Legend Passes Away  (Read 128 times)
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kronovan
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« on: November 24, 2014, 07:58:01 PM »

Sadly Pat Quinn passed away many years too early today at the age of 71. He's a legend here in Vancouver, having played for the Canucks in their 1st 2 seasons and having returned to GM them in 1988 and later coach them to the Stanley Cup final in 94. He was also the GM that drafted current Canucks' President Trevor Linden in the 1988 entry draft; my all time favorite player. He also had good years playing and coaching in Toronto where he took the Leafs to 2 conference finals and for also coaching the Philadelphia Flyers who he took to the cup final in 1980. He also coached 2 Canada youth teams to world cup gold. IMO his greatest moment was when he returned the Olympic gold to Team Canada after a 50 year drought, at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

He certainly had his controversial moments too; i.e. a truly terrible hit on Bobby Orr in 1969 and breaking a coaching contract with the Kings in 1987. Whatever way one chooses to remember him though, one thing that was for sure true about him; he was loved by his players wherever he coached. I personally got to be around him once at a charity event I volunteered at, where Quinn was there on behalf of the Canucks. All the stories about him exuding charisma from my experience are true; people were really drawn to him at that event and his warmth and personality were contagious. I for one will miss you Mr. Quinn, RIP.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2014, 01:19:36 AM »

Wow, that's really sad. I remember him well from his time with Toronto.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2014, 04:58:33 AM »

Yeah, Quinn had some great years in Toronto. One of my favorite sayings here in Vancouver; Pat Quinn is the only thing Canuck and Leafs fan can truly agree upon.  smile
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