Former NHL captain and coach Pat Quinn has passed away. The two-time Jack Adams Trophy winner was the NHL’s coach of the year in 1979-80 and 1991-92. He also coached Canada to a gold medal at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games.
After winning a Memorial Cup as a junior player, he played in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. He set an early franchise record for the Flames by playing in 223 consecutive games from Nov. 16, 1973 to Apr. 4, 1976.
After his playing career, Quinn coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. In 1979-80 with the Flyers, he coached his team to a 35-game undefeated streak. In 1993-94 with the Canucks, he won the Clarence Campbell Bowl before reaching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
Quinn is an honoured member of the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame (his hometown). Just two years ago, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Born on 29 January 1943 in Hamilton, ON, he was 71 years old when he passed away on 24 November 2014.