I learned this about Pat Quinn today
- BA Economicsâ€™72 ( YorkU )Â
- LLB â€™82 (Widener University School of Law, Delaware )
He was much more then the â€œBig Irishmanâ€ from Hamilton. Â He was a well educated and big thinking coach. Â In many ways he was hockeyâ€™s Phil Jackson.
Quinn for me was always the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canucks but he had a great run in Philadelphia.
Quinn twice won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. The first came in 1979-80, his first full season on the job, after the Flyers fashioned a record 35-game unbeaten streak that is unlikely to be broken now that shootouts are used to settle tied games. The Flyers also reached the Stanley Cup final that year.
His second coach of the year award came after the 1991-92 season with Vancouver. Two years later he guided the Canucks to within one victory of the Stanley Cup before they fell to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the final.
Quinn also served as the general manger of the Canucks and the Maple Leafs.
One of my favourite coaches of all time, even if his Canucks broke my heart by beating the Flames in the playoffs.