On Saturday, February 18, a life-sized bronze statue of Pat Quinn was unveiled outside of Rogers Arena.
The statue was created by Norm Williams, a Canadian pre-eminent sculptor who also created the Roger Nielsen statue nearby at Rogers Arena.
Pat Quinn is featured holding a lineup card of the 1994 Canucks team that made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, while his right hand is inviting fans to take a seat for a photo. Quinn is notably standing behind a bench, which was reportedly his favourite place to be.
In fact, the work of art was dubbed “Pat’s bench” by family, friends, and colleagues who commissioned the statue in honour of Quinn’s legacy. The idea stems from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, where Quinn coached Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years.
“Seeing that lineup card in his hands when he came into the dressing room every night with a lineup card and those big cowboy boots, let me tell you, he had everyone’s attention,” said Trevor Linden, President of Hockey Operations and Alternate Governor of the Vancouver Canucks. “It’s where Pat loved to be. He loved to be behind a bench. You could see it. He loved to teach, he loved the game, he loved to be as close to the game as he could.”
Quinn’s daughter, Kalli, was one of many in attendance when the statue was unveiled.
“The first thing I did was look at the smile and I just, he had an incredible smile so it’s everything I wanted it to be,” said Kalli. “It’s overwhelming. It is a bit strange because I just want to reach out and touch him.”
Pat Quinn played in 606 NHL games as a player and coached an additional 1,400 games. Among them, he won 684 games, the eighth most in NHL history. He also earned the Jack Adams Award twice as the League’s top coach in 1980, and 1992.
His legacy also includes coaching the Canucks and serving as president and GM numerous times between 1987 to 1997.