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Pat Quinn

Born:January 29, 1943Draft:
Hometown:Hamilton, OntarioPosition:Defence
Known For:2 Jack Adams AwardsShoots:Left
National Team:Canada

John Brian Patrick Quinn, OC (January 29, 1943 – November 23, 2014) was a Canadian ice hockey player, head coach, and executive. Known by the nickname “The Big Irishman”. he coached for the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia FlyersLos Angeles KingsVancouver CanucksToronto Maple Leafs, and Edmonton Oilers, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals twice, with the Flyers in 1980 and the Canucks in 1994. Internationally, Quinn coached Team Canada to gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2009 World Junior Championship, as well as World Cup championship in 2004.

Prior to coaching, Quinn was an NHL defenceman, having played nine seasons in the league with the Maple Leafs, Canucks and Atlanta Flames. Coming out of the junior ranks with the Edmonton Oil Kings, he won a Memorial Cup with the club in 1963. He later won another Memorial Cup as part-owner of the Vancouver Giants in 2007.

In 2014 Pat Quinn was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

  • Years as an NHL player: 1968–1977
  • Years as an NHL coach: 1978–2010

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Pat Quinn Player Stats

Quinn’s Coaching

Philadelphia Flyers (Assistant Coach) 1977-1978
– Maine Mariners (Head Coach) 1978-1979
Philadelphia Flyers (Head Coach) 1979-1982
Los Angeles Kings (Head Coach) 1984-1987
Vancouver Canucks (General Manager) 1987-1998
Vancouver Canucks (Head Coach) 1991-1995
Toronto Maple Leafs (Head Coach) 1998-2006
Edmonton Oilers (Head Coach) 2009-2010

– Head Coach of Team Canada at 2002, 2006 Olympics

Pat Quinn also earned two degrees, an Economics degree in 1972 before he began playing in the NHL and a Law degree in the 1980s.


  • Won Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1963 (as a player) and Vancouver Giants in 2007 (as a minority owner).
  • Won Jack Adams Award (NHL coach of the year) in 1980 (Philadelphia Flyers) and 1992 (Vancouver Canucks).
  • Won Winter Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in 2002 as head coach.
  • Won World Cup championship with Team Canada in 2004 as head coach.
  • Won IIHF U18 gold medal with Team Canada in 2008 as head coach.
  • Won IIHF U20 gold medal with Team Canada in 2009 as head coach.