Quinn died Sunday night at Vancouver General Hospital after a
year of declining health, said officials from the Vancouver
Giants, a junior hockey team that Quinn co-owned.
A cause of death was not immediately released.
"Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn
family," Giants majority owner Ron Toigo said in a statement.
"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."
Quinn played nine years in the NHL as a defenseman but made his
name as a coach. He was behind the bench for 20 seasons,
coaching the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver
Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers.
"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."
Quinn made the playoffs 15 times as a coach and reached the
Stanley Cup Final twice, with the Flyers in 1980 and the Canucks
in 1994. He was a two-time winner of the Jack Adams Award as the
NHL's top coach.
Quinn was a member of the committee that determines who is
inducted into the Hall of Fame and coached the Canadian men's
team to the 2002 Olympic gold medal.
(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Jim Loney)
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