He was as tough as they come, and with one hit, he endeared himself to Canucks fans for life. One of the original Canucks, his impact was felt most as a coach, general manager and mentor to players with every franchise he was involved with.
Tributes are pouring in from all over this morning as Quinn lost a lengthy battle with illness at the age of 71. Teams, players and fans, as well as politicians are paying tribute to one of the best coaches the game of hockey has ever seen. He won the Jack Adams trophy twice: once in Philadelphia where his Flyers went undefeated in an amazing 35 straight games, a record that likely will never be broken thanks to the shootout. The 2nd win was here in Vancouver in 1991-92, but what we remember most was that magical playoff run in 1994 when he took an underdog Canucks team to Game 7 of the Finals against the Rangers.
He also helped the Toronto Maple Leafs get as close to the Finals as they've been in the modern era of the NHL, in addition to spending time with the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. He will forever be remembered as the coach that helped bring hockey gold back to Canada after 50 long years, leading our boys to victory of the USA in Salt Lake City in 2002.
When you look at the players he drafted, the trades he made here in Vancouver, he truly was the best GM this franchise ever had.He drafted Trevor Linden, as well as a late round pick that some scoffed at - some enigmatic Russian kid at a time when Russians had to defect to play in the NHL. The story of how Quinn and the Canucks got Pavel Bure here is amazing and worth a read.
Our writers will be adding their thoughts about the man throughout the day and we would love to see you add your thoughts here in the comments. Our condolences to the Quinn family, The Canucks and everyone whose lives were impacted by a true legend.