Canucks honor late coach Quinn with ceremony before game
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks honored late coach Pat Quinn in a pregame ceremony on Tuesday night.
A moment of silence was held for Quinn before the Canucks hosted the New Jersey Devils. A video tribute was played while Mark Donnelly sang ”Danny Boy.”
Canucks players wore ”PQ” decals on their helmets that will remain for the rest of the season.
Quinn, who Sunday at 71 following a long illness, was a defenseman with the original Canucks team that entered the NHL in the 1970-71 season.
He later served as team president, general manager and coach between the late-1980s and late-1990s. Quinn guided the Canucks to Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers.
Quinn also coached the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1980 finals and held coach and executive positions with the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers.
Internationally, he guided Canadian Olympic, World Cup, world junior and under-18 teams to gold medals. Even after leaving the Canucks, he maintained strong ties with Vancouver.
Quinn had a home on the city’s north shore and held a minority ownership position with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League.
The Canucks plan to hold a more extensive tribute for Quinn at a later date.
The Maple Leafs will honor Quinn by wearing a patch – a green clover with his initials in white – on the shoulder of their jerseys for their next two games.