Former NHL Coach Pat Quinn Dies at Age 71

November 25th, 2014 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

The sport of hockey lost one of its truly great minds and people Sunday night as former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn died at the age of 71.   

According to's Katie Strang, the Vancouver native succumbed to a long illness. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement after Quinn's passing in support of everything Quinn meant to the league and the game as a whole.

Whether he was playing for a team, coaching a team or building one, Pat Quinn was thoughtful, passionate and committed to success. Pat's contributions to hockey, at every level, reflected the skills he possessed and the great respect with which he treated the sport. The National Hockey League, one of the many organizations to benefit from his devoted service, sends heartfelt condolences to Pat's loved ones and his many friends around the hockey world.

After spending parts of nine seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames, Quinn embarked on a long and successful coaching career. He led the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Canucks, Maple Leafs and Edmonton ...

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