Pat Quinn: A hockey life

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn died Sunday night at the age of 71. Here's a look at some key moments in his life.

Late player/coach/GM spent more than 4 decades in NHL

Pat Quinn was named head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998. (Kevin Frayer/Canadian Press)

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn died Sunday night at the age of 71.

Here's a look at some key moments in his life:

  • Jan. 29, 1943: John Brian Patrick Quinn is born in Hamilton.
  • 1968: Quinn makes his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • 1969: Quinn provokes a bench-clearing brawl when he delivers a blindside hit on star Boston Bruins defencemen Bobby Orr during the playoffs.
  • 1970: Quinn begins playing for the Vancouver Canucks.
  • 1971: Quinn moves to the now defunct Atlanta Flames.
  • 1977: A persistent ankle injury forces Quinn to retire as a player. He then begins his coaching career as assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • 1978: After coaching some minor-league teams, Quinn becomes Flyers head coach.
  • 1980: After a season that saw the Flyers amass a record-setting 35-game undefeated streak, Quinn leads the Flyers all the way to the Stanley Cup final. The team ultimately loses to the New York Islanders. Quinn wins the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year.
  • 1982: The Flyers fire Quinn.
  • 1982: Quinn studies law at Widener University, eventually finishing his degree some years later.
  • 1984: Quinn is named head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
  • 1987: Quinn leaves the Kings to join the Vancouver Canucks as president and general manager. NHL president John Ziegler, arguing that Quinn was still under contract to the Kings when he arranged the switch, bans him from coaching anywhere in the NHL for the next three seasons.
  • 1991: Quinn takes on the additional role of head coach of the Canucks.
  • 1992: Quinn wins his second career Jack Adams Award.
  • 1994: Quinn coaches the Canucks to their second Stanley Cup final in franchise history, only to be denied once again by a team from New York. This time the Rangers go home as NHL champions and Quinn steps down from his coaching duties after this season but stays on as general manager.
  • 1997: Quinn is fired as Canucks general manager.
  • 1998: Quinn is named head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • 2002: As head coach, Quinn leads Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City.
  • 2004: Quinn coaches Canada to gold in the World Cup.
  • 2006: With Quinn back at the helm, Canada fails to make the podium at the Turin Olympics.
  • 2008: Quinn coaches Canada's under-18 team a world championship.
  • 2009: Canada wins gold at the world junior hockey championship with Quinn behind the bench. Canada hasn't won gold since.
  • 2009: The Edmonton Oilers hire Quinn as their new head coach. He only stays for one season.
  • Nov. 23, 2014: After a long illness, Quinn dies in Vancouver at the age of 71.


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