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Hockey Hall Of Fame Release On The Passing Of Pat Quinn

TORONTO (November 24, 2014) – It is with great sadness that the Hockey Hall of Fame, on behalf of the Quinn family, announces the passing of our Chairman, Pat Quinn, last night at Vancouver General Hospital after a lengthy illness.  At this time the family requests privacy.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  "Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."



added 11:11am, TSN on Pat Quinn... Also added at 11:16am a very good video from Sportsnet on Quinn below...

Pat Quinn, a veteran of over 600 games as an NHL player and 1,400 games as an NHL head coach, has passed away at the age of 71.

One of just four men to win the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with two different teams, Quinn was best remembered as a long-time coach of both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, as well leading Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Quinn's NHL career began in 1968-69 with the Maple Leafs, who called him up from the Central Hockey League a 25-year-old. It did not take Quinn long to make a name for himself as a player, rendering Bobby Orr unconscious with an infamous open ice hit during the 1969 playoffs.


Sportsnet feature on Pat Quinn,


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NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of long-time player, coach, executive and Hall of Fame chairman Pat Quinn:

“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.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/24/14 at 12:54 PM ET

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The Los Angeles Kings today released the following comments regarding the passing of long-time player, coach, executive and Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Pat Quinn. 

Quinn coached the Kings during the 1984-85 season, the 1985-86 season, and part of the 1986-87 season:

Luc Robitaille:
He was a great man for the game of hockey and a person who commanded a lot of respect.  He was my first NHL coach and he made quite an impression on me as I was breaking into the league and learning the game.  He also is the person who called me when I got the news I was being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Needless to say that will always be a special moment I will cherish, and receiving that news was an even greater honor coming from Pat. 

Jim Fox:
Respect is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Pat.  He had an extremely powerful persona and he commanded respect just by the way he carried himself.  At the same time, he brought a calmness and when appropriate, a very sensitive side too.  He knew when to be firm but he could also share a laugh with his players.  I believe his biggest strength as a coach was his ability to find the strengths in his players as individuals and then mold that into a solid group who were striving for the same goals.  He was a very effective teacher through a clear and direct manner of getting his point across.  There was never a question of how much he cared for his players and his team and I will always remember Pat for the respect he showed his players.  The hockey community will miss Pat and all that he brought to our game.

Bob Miller:
I am very sorry to hear the news of Pat’s passing, though we knew he was quite ill.  Pat always had a big presence about him.  He coached some great Kings players and was always very well respected by those in our organization and around the NHL.  He was also a coach I think players certainly respected but maybe they were a little afraid of him as well due to his size.  You didn’t want the wrath of Pat Quinn but, overall, what a great hockey career as a player, coach, GM and then as chairman of the HHOF.  As the coach of the Kings he was really great to get along with from a media standpoint and very cooperative.  He always took the time to breakdown the game for our fans.  He had a lot of interests beyond hockey but hockey was his passion.   

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/24/14 at 01:41 PM ET

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Bob McKenzie on Pat Quinn.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/24/14 at 02:32 PM ET

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The Philadelphia Flyers join the hockey community in mourning the loss of former Flyers head coach Pat Quinn, who passed away on Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness. 

“It is a sad day for our sport,” said Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider. “Pat Quinn was an outstanding hockey coach. He had an excellent career as a player, coach, general manager and hockey executive. He was terrific at everything he did, including Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He truly knew how to get our players to play hard every night. Through his leadership, motivation and drive, he led one of our most exciting teams - the streak team - during the 1979-80 season, which went 35 straight games without a loss en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.

“Over the years, Pat and I shared many great memories of his time in Philadelphia. He will truly be missed by all of us. I’d like to send my condolences to Sandra and all of Pat’s family and friends. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”

“This truly is a sad day for the hockey world,” said Flyers president Paul Holmgren, who played for Quinn during Quinn’s tenure as Flyers head coach.  “Pat Quinn was one of the most respected people in our business. A players coach at heart, his innovative systems and love of the game made it a delight for all who had the honor of playing for him and working with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s wife Sandra, his daughters Valerie and Callie and the entire Quinn family at this difficult time.”

Quinn was the fifth head coach in Flyers history.  He was behind the bench from 1979 to 1982, compiling a record of 141-73-48, and led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1980.  The 1979-80 team’s 35-game unbeaten streak (25-0-10) from October 14, 1979 to January 6, 1980 remains an NHL record.  Quinn was honored with the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year following that season.

The Flyers were honored to welcome Quinn as the coach of the Flyers Alumni team for the 2012 Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/24/14 at 02:39 PM ET

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The Edmonton Oilers were saddened to hear of the passing of a true hockey legend, Pat Quinn.
Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chair, Bob Nicholson, a former colleague and close family friend said, “Pat was a great friend and a great man. I will always cherish our special relationship and the many great memories and moments we shared. There is no other coach in hockey history to have won Olympic, World Junior and Under-18 gold medals. This is but one small part of Pat’s legacy.”
Nicholson added, “On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers, our deepest sympathies go out Sandra, Kalli, Valerie and the entire Quinn family at the loss of such a dear man. Canada has lost one of its great sons.”

Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chair of Hockey Operations, Kevin Lowe also remarked, “Pat was bigger than life and a gentleman in every sense of the word. It was a privilege to have worked with him and I will never forget his leadership and impact during one of Canada’s greatest moments, winning the 2002 Gold Medal at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.”

Pat Quinn, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, served as the Edmonton Oilers ninth head coach, for the 2009-10 season, part of his extensive coaching resume which included 20 seasons as a National Hockey League head coach, 92 playoff games, two Stanley Cup Final appearances and two Jack Adams Awards as the NHL’s Coach-of-the-Year (1979-80 with the Philadelphia Flyers and 1991-92 with the Vancouver Canucks).
On the international stage, Quinn enjoyed tremendous success, guiding Team Canada to their first gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also led Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, winning the tournament championship and coached the gold medal winning teams at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championship and 2009 World Junior Championship. In addition to these accomplishments, he was also Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy and the 2006 Spengler Cup team in Davos, Switzerland.

Over a nine-year NHL career, Quinn played 606 games, scoring 18 goals and 113 assists for 131 points, while collecting 950 penalty minutes. He also played 11 NHL playoff games recording one assist and 21 penalty minutes.

Pat Quinn also had a unique connection to the City of Edmonton as a member of the 1962-63 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Edmonton Oilers join the entire hockey world in mourning the loss of Pat Quinn, a giant of the game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/24/14 at 02:51 PM ET

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