An original Canuck, Pat Quinn is now officially a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Alongside the big Irishman, Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, and Roggie Vachon were formally inducted at the Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Quinn was represented by his daughter Kalli, who delivered a heartfelt and touching speech.
“For those of you who know my father you would know that he would be taken aback by this recognition, and believe it or not he would be at a loss of words.”
Fighting back tears Kalli continued, and spoke of her father’s history in Vancouver.
“He had a tremendous amount of success on and off the ice in Vancouver and loved being a Canuck and calling Vancouver his home.”
His time in Vancouver was marked by success. In 1987 he was hired by the Canucks as president and general manager. He then made the move to the bench to coach in Vancouver from 1991 to 1996. He was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy in 1992 and followed that up by taking the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.
He also had a hand in bringing onboard some of the franchise’s biggest stars.
This included drafting Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden, and Mattias Ohlund. In addition, he traded for Markus Naslund, Kirk McLean, Cliff Ronning, and Geoff Courtnall.
As his daughter beautifully stated “I’m sure he’s looking down with a cigar in one hand and a drink in the other with that wonderful smile he had and a twinkle in his eye.”
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