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Former Canucks GM and Coach Pat Quinn Passes Away At 71

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Former Vancouver Canucks general manager, coach and co-owner of the Vancouver Giants, Pat Quinn, has passed away at the age of 71.

The Vancouver Giants made the official announcement on their Facebook page last night and mentioned Quinn was fighting a lengthy illness.

Pat Quinn first joined the Vancouver Canucks in 1987 as President and GM. He was known for bringing bright stars to the organization such as Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden, and Kirk McLean. In 1991, Quinn became the Canucks head coach and in 1994 he led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Earlier today, the Canucks current President of Hockey Operations, Trevor Linden, released the following statement:

“We have lost a great man. It’s a sad day for hockey and for everyone who loves our game. On this difficult day I am thinking about Pat, his family and his friends, and how much he will be missed.

I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for Pat. He was a great leader and always a teacher. He taught me how to be a professional on and off the ice. He taught me how to play hockey the right way, how to win, and about the importance of respect and loyalty.

Pat’s impact on our city has been immeasurable. He was responsible for bringing hockey to the forefront in Vancouver. He brought the pride back to the Canucks and today his finger prints and impact are still felt within this organization.”

-Trevor Linden, President, Hockey Operations, Canucks Sports & Entertainment

On April 13, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks inducted Pat Quinn into the Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour in a pre-game ceremony. Quinn was the 5th inductee to achieve this distinction.

 

The Vancouver Canucks will honor Pat Quinn with the following video tribute before there November 25th game against the New Jersey Devils. There will also be a moment of silence to honor the legend.

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