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New Vancouver statue honours hockey legend Pat Quinn

The life-size bronze statue of the late Canucks coach, installed just outside Rogers Arena, includes a bench for fans to sit and have their photos taken.

The life-size bronze statue created by Norm Williams depicts Quinn coaching the 1994 Vancouver Canucks

The statue of Pat Quinn also features a bench, which is a replica of one he sat on at the Salt Lake City Olympic games, which earned that name, 'Pat's bench.' (Chad Pawson/CBC)

A new bronze sculpture of the late Pat Quinn was unveiled Saturday in memory of the beloved former Canucks coach and player.

"Pat was more than just a coach and manager," said Canucks president Trevor Linden at the unveiling. "He was a friend and he was a mentor ... he cared about people."

This city has finally given him the recognition that he deserves- Canucks fan Barabara Katz

The new sculpture is located just outside of Rogers Arena, adjacent to Pat Quinn Way and near the statue of fellow former coach Roger Neilson.

Designed by sculptor Norm Williams, the life-size statue was a legacy project by some of Quinn's former colleague, friends and fans.

Vancouver Canucks fan attended the unveiling of the Pat Quinn statue and said it was his kindness and generosity that set him apart from other hockey celebrities. (Chad Pawson/CBC)

The work depicts Quinn as he appeared while coaching the 1994 Vancouver Canucks, and features the coach holding a roster card engraved with each player's name. 

"He was just a great man and an imposing figure, but he was kind and gentle but strong, you know. But he had the respect of his players and that's what's so special," said Linden.

"He was a real mentor and a teacher for me."

Kalli Quinn, the former coach's youngest daughter, said the statue captures his larger-than-life essence.

She also pointed to a bench located next to the statue as a small, but important detail. 

"He was in Salt Lake during the Olympics," she said. "The Olympics are special in their own right and he wanted to make sure he had all the experiences everybody else did."

"[There was a bench] outside of Canada House, he would sit out there every day either after practice or after the games, and the athletes of all sports would sit down and come talk to him.

"One day, he showed up to his bench and the athletes had put a sign on it saying 'Pat's Bench'. We still have that sign."

Obey your passion, listen to your heart, follow your dreams- Inscription on 'Pat's Bench'

On Saturday, fans joined Quinn's family and former players at the unveiling.

Barbara Katz was there wearing her '90s-era jersey and hat signed by that year's entire team.

"This city was finally given him the recognition that he deserves," she said. "This city [loves] him for everything he was."

Quinn said her father's legacy will also continue in a yet-to-be finalized Pat Quinn Scholarship fund.

She said the fund would go specifically to hockey players or athletes who have finished their post-secondary education and want to pursue a professional designation — a nod to her father's law school degree.

A bronze life-sized statue of former Canucks player, coach and general manager Pat Quinn was unveiled in Vancouver at Roger's Arena on Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. (Chad Pawson/CBC)

With files from The Early Edition

To listen to the interview, click on the link labelled Pat Quinn's daughter on his new bronze statue