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Repost: A Look At The Mighty Pat Quinn's Tenure In Vancouver

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This is a post I did on Pat Quinn back in April. RIP Mr. Quinn. May the Quinn family find joy in the memories as often as possible in this time of grief.

The legendary Pat Quinn will be inducted into the Canucks' Ring Of Honor on Sunday. Check out these beauty moves by Pat Quinn back in the day.


His first big move:

September 1987- New Jersey traded Greg Adams and Kirk McLean to Vancouver for Patrick Sundstrom and Canucks' 4th round pick Matt Ruchty. (Matt who??)

Montreal traded Gerald Diduck to Vancouver for draft pick Vladimir Vujtek in January 1991.

In March 1991, St. Louis traded Geoff Courtnall, Cliff Ronning, Sergio Momesso, Robert Dirk, and futures to Vancouver for Dan Quinn and Garth Butcher. Thanks Blues!

June 1991- Minnesota traded Dave Babych to Vancouver for Tom Kurvers.

March 1993- Hartford traded Murray Craven and a pick to Vancouver for Robert Kron. Vancouver then completed the deal in May by sending Jim Sandlak to Hartford.

January 1994- Vancouver signed Martin Gelinas off of waivers from Quebec.

February 1994- Vancouver signed Brian Glynn off waivers from Ottawa.

March 1994- Vancouver traded Craig Janney to St. Louis for Bret Hedican, Jeff Brown, and Nathan Lafayette.

Phenomenal moves by the former President, General Manager and eventual coach. The 1994 run was not only a testament to Quinn's vision of the team he wanted, but also to the players that bought into the system and bonded together to come within a goal to get to overtime in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against a stacked New York Rangers team.

But the wheels really fell off after that run and the team was dismantled. I

The Decline Of Western Civilization

documented that in a post in July of 2010 here. Remember kids, it was under Pat Quinn's tenure that Mark Messier was signed here as a free agent in 1997. Not that I really blame him. But Quinn did not see the Messiah play long in a Canucks uni. He was let go by the new McCaw ownership in November 1997.


-Trevor Linden 2nd overall in 1988

-Dixon Ward 128th overall in the 1988

-Pavel Bure 113th overall in the 1989 Draft.

-Petr Nedved 2nd overall in 1990

-Shawn Antoski 18th overall in 1990 (a big mean winger critical in the 1994 Run.

-Jiri Slegr 23rd overall in 1990

-Gino Odjick 86th overall in 1990

-Alex Stojanov 7th overall in 1991. The Canucks would fleece the Penguins years later trading Stojanov for Markus Naslund straight across.

-Jassen Cullimore 29th overall in 1991

-Mike Peca 40th overall in 1992

-Adrian Aucoin 117th overall in 1992

-Scott Walker 124th overall in the 1993 Draft

-Mattias Ohlund 13th overall in 1994

-Dave Scatchard 42nd overall in 1994

-Bill Muckalt 221st overall in 1994. Bill was gonna be a beauty I thought.

-Peter Schaefer 66th overall in 1995, who was eventually traded to Ottawa for Sami Salo

-Brent Sopel 144th overall in 1995

-1996 was a fail at the draft. The Canucks picked Josh Holden 12th overall and had no other significant picks.

-Brad Ference 19th overall in the 1997 draft.

-Matt Cooke 144th overall in 1997, kinda saved their bacon because that was another atrocious drafting year.

Notice something odd about those picks I have listed? NO GOALTENDERS. But that's not the only problem really There are some good hits listed above but a whole hell of a lot of misses and fails. I got all of the draft pick info from the mighty site View the Canucks futility there.


Via his wiki page:

In December 1986, Quinn signed a contract to become the President and General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks for the 1987–88 NHL season while still under contract with the Kings. Quinn, a lawyer, maintained that the Kings had missed a deadline on an option on his contract, which had a clause allowing him to negotiate with other teams. NHL President John Ziegler suspended Quinn for the rest of the season and barred him from taking over Vancouver's hockey operations until June. Ziegler also barred Quinn from coaching anywhere in the NHL until the 1990–91 season. In Ziegler's view, Quinn's actions created a serious conflict of interest that could only be resolved by having him removed as coach. The Kings tried unsuccessfully to sue the Canucks for tampering.

Quinn originally intended to draft Bure in the eighth round, but after receiving word that the Edmonton Oilers had similar intentions, he selected him in the sixth. Team executives reportedly stormed the Met Center stage in Minnesota, where the draft was being held, protesting the choice immediately following its announcement. The league investigated the selection and originally deemed it illegal. Quinn and the Canucks appealed the decision and it was not until the eve of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, in which Bure would have been re-entered, that the draft choice was upheld.

Very instrumental in getting Bure not only drafted, but playing here and having his number 10 retired to the rafters as well. There was a fallout at the end of Bure's tenure here but I won't get into that.

-Pat Quinn won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 1992.

-Pat Quinn killed Bobby Orr once:

-"The Big Irishman" hated to lose. He had a presence about he would kick your ass if you messed with him.

-Quinn coached the Canucks from 1990 - 1996. The Canucks made the playoffs every year, including 2 Smythe Division titles (1992 and 1993).

-Quinn was a defenceman back in the day. He played over 600 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Canucks (came over in their inaugural season in 1970) and Atlanta Flames. He retired earlier than expected due to an ankle injury.

-Fitting that Pat will be honored in a game against the Calgary Flames. He spent most of his years with the Atlanta Flames and even captained them. Plus there is this:

On top of that, new team President Trevor Linden will be there...26 years after Pat Quinn drafted him!

Pat Quinn brought the Canucks back to respectability in his tenure here as President, General Manager and Coach. He is completely deserving, more than any other management personnel in the Canucks' history even, to be inducted to the Ring Of Honor. Congratulations on this honor Mr. Quinn!