30 Pat Quinn Canada

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn’s family can be traced back to Banbridge County Down in the early 1800’s.  Peter Quinn owned an 8 acre parcel of land on Castlewellan Road in Banbridge.  The property where he once farmed is now Crystal Park home to the Banbridge Town Football Club at 7 Laws Lane and Castlewellan Road.  Arthur Quinn immigrated to Hamilton in 1908 from Liverpool, his father Peter Quinn born 1830 in Banbridge County Down, left his home in Dublin in 1860 and was a Merchant Seaman in Liverpool. Pat’s father John Ernest Quinn was born in Hamilton in 1916.  He is the oldest of 5 children born to John Quinn and Jean (Ireland) Quinn.Pat Quinn was Head Coach of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning World Cup of Hockey team in September of 2004 and Team Canada’s Men’s Hockey team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. It was Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in Men’s Hockey since 1952. Pat was selected as Head Coach of Team Canada on November 8, 2000. His success behind the bench also earned him the Head Coach position for the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.Most recently Pat won gold at the IIHF U-18 World Championships in 2008 and added a World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal to his impressive international resume in January, 2009.A standout defenceman during his playing career, Pat has coached 16 seasons in the National Hockey League with Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Vancouver and Toronto. Pat’s coaching highlights include Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1980 with Philadelphia and in 1994 with Vancouver. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 1991-92 with the Canucks and 1979-80 with the Flyers. Quinn, Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns are the only coaches in league history to win the Adams Award with two different teams. Before joining the Maple Leaf organization on June 26, 1998, Quinn spent the previous 11 seasons in the top hockey post with the Vancouver Canucks. In 1992-93, he directed Vancouver to single-season team records for wins (46) and points (101). In 1979-80 with Philadelphia, the Flyers had the League’s best regular season record at 48-12-20 and put together an NHL record 35-game undefeated streak.Pat completed seven seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs as Head Coach and also was the teams General Manager for four of those seasons from 1999 – 2003.
During his tenure, the Maple Leafs advanced at least as far as the second round of the National Hockey Playoffs five times and the Eastern Conference Final on two occasions. Quinn and Punch Imlach were the only Leafs to hold the head coach and general manager duties. As of the end of the 2002-2003 season, Quinn ranked first in all-time winning percentage among Leaf Head Coaches with a .591 winning percentage.
Pat spent the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons in a Maple Leaf uniform. In 99 games in the blue and white, the defenceman scored two goals and added 12 assists for 14 points with 183 penalty minutes. Quinn also served as a player on Vancouver’s inaugural team in 1970-71 and he later played with the Atlanta Flames for five seasons. In 606 career NHL games from 1968-69 to 1976-77 he scored 18 goals and collected 113 assists for 131 points with 950 minutes in penalties.After leaving Philadephia in 1982, Quinn earned his law degree from Widener University, Delaware School of Law. Pat is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. He and his wife Sandra have two daughters Valerie and Kalli.

  • 1986 – Head Coach – Men’s World Championships in Moscow, Russia – Bronze Medal victory over Finland
  • 1996 – Assistant GM – 1996 World Cup held in Canada – Silver Medal: Canada lost the best of three series to the US 2-1. After winning the first game they dropped the final two to the Russians in Montreal.
  • 1997 – Co-GM – Men’s World Championships held in Finland – Gold Meal: Canada defeated Sweden in the championship game.
  • 1998 – GM – men’s World Championships held in Zurich, Switzerland – 6th place finish.
  • 2002 – Head Coach – Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, USA – Gold Medal: Canada won their first gold since 1952 with 5-2 victory over team USA.
  • 2004 – Head Coach – World Cup Tournament – Gold Medal: Canada finished with a perfect 6-0 record capped by a 3-2 win over Finland in the final held in Toronto, Canada
  • 2006 – Head Coach – Olympic Games in Turin, Italy – 7th place finish: Canada lost in the quarter finals while attempting to defend their Olympic gold.
  • 2006 – Head Coach – Spengler Cup held in Davos, Switzerland – Silver Medal: Canada finished runner up to the host team HC Davos.
  • 2008 – Head Coach – U-18 World Championships held in Kazan, Russia – Gold Medal: Canada defeated the host Russians 8-0 in the gold medal game.
  • 2009 – Head Coach – World Junior Hockey Championship held in Ottawa, Canada – Gold Medal: Canada finished with a perfect 6-0 record, capped by a 5-1 victory over Sweden in the final.