New York - November 24, 2014 - Pat Quinn, the former NHL coach, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 71.
Quinn coached for several NHL teams, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1980 and with the Vancouver Canucks in 1994. He lost each time. Quinn also coached the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Internationally, Quinn coached Canada to several gold medals, including an Olympic gold in 2002 and a International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship gold medal in 2009.
As a player, Quinn played nine seasons as a defenseman in the NHL, playing for the Atlanta Flames, Maple Leafs and Canucks.
Most recently, he was serving as the chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn", said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."