Pat Quinn has died. He was a legendary Canadian Ice hockey player and head coach. He was seventy one years old an d he went by the nickname, The Big Irishman and he coached for teams like National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Edmonton Oilers , he passed away at the Vancouver General Hospital on November 23, 2014 after battling a respiratory illness. On Monday, the Hockey World announced the sad news,
“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.”
“Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family,” said Ron Toigo, majority owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giant, where Quinn was a co-owner.. “Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed.”
“Whether he was playing for a team, coaching a team or building one, Pat Quinn was thoughtful, passionate and committed to success,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Pat’s contributions to hockey, at every level, reflected the skills he possessed and the great respect with which he treated the sport. The National Hockey League, one of the many organizations to benefit from his devoted service, sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s loved ones and his many friends around the hockey world.”
During his time he was a player and laced up for six hundred and six games between the Maple Leafs, Canucks and Atlanta Flames.