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Pat Quinn, former Canucks coach, remembered

News of the death of legendary NHL coach Pat Quinn prompted an immediate outpouring from friends and fans on Twitter.

Legendary hockey coach died on Sunday at the age of 71

Hockey loses legend Pat Quinn

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The former NHL player, coach and GM, who spent many years leading the Vancouver Canucks, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, at the age of 71.

News of the death of legenday NHL coach Pat Quinn prompted an immediate outpouring from friends and fans on Twitter.

The hockey legend was beloved in Vancouver, where he played, and later coached the Vancouver Canucks.

He was also the co-owner of the Vancouver Giants.

"We lost a key cog here," Giants General manager Scott Bonner told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.

"When he entered a room, the room went quiet. He had time for people, his winning record speaks for itself. He was a very successful man, and a very good person."

After his career as a professional hockey player, Quinn coached 20 seasons between the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Bonner says Quinn was a mentor to him, and always had advice for dealing with players in certain situations, or scouting a new coach.

"Just listening to stories was probably the most interesting thing, because Pat was always very honest, and had a lot of time for me."

Quinn died Sunday at Vancouver General Hospital. He was 71.

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CBC Digital Archives: Pat Quinn squares off with Don Cherry in 1995

Saturday night's all right for fighting, at least on Coach's Corner. Back in the 1990s, an irascible Don Cherry regularly used the popular Hockey Night In Canada commentary segment to blast any player who got his back up. In 1995, one of his targets was Pavel Bure, the subject of a nasty contract negotiation rumour. Defending the Russian superstar was his coach, Pat Quinn, who more than matches Cherry's bile. As we see in this montage of their separate interviews, tempers quickly flare. 

Can't see any video? Try clicking here: Squaring off on 'Coach's Corner'


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