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Alumni Host Night in Memory of Pat Quinn

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

It would be difficult to find a closer-knit family than the Vancouver Canucks Alumni. That fact was again obvious on the night of January 12 at a downtown Donnelly Group bistro when the call went out for a private gathering of the clan to remember the Alumni’s fallen comrade Pat Quinn

Many Alumni members were unable to attend the Celebration of Life for John Brian Patrick Quinn on December 2, 2014 at Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church in West Vancouver.

So when the invitation was received from Alumni president Gerry Sillers for an “informal and private farewell”, the response was predictably positive. A total of 40 Alumni showed up in person and another dozen were heard from with pledges during an evening that raised $4,000 for the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation and Hockey Hall of Fame.

Donations at the gathering totaled $2,000 and Sillers proudly announced the BC Hockey Benevolent Association would match the amount collected.

Sillers and his loyal Alumni lieutenants, Robin Wyss, John Ashbridge, Ernie Dougherty, Dave Cannon and Canucks’ management liaison Rod Brathwaite pulled the evening together with their biggest concern being whether some of the Alumni members could find the location on the 3rd Floor of a place called The Blackbird on Dunsmuir Street.

Donations at the gathering totaled $2,000 and Sillers proudly announced the BC Hockey Benevolent Association would match the amount collected.

For most of them the nearest they get to downtown Vancouver is Rogers Arena. Yet the turnout to share the moment on this special night was fantastic.

Space does not allow mentioning each and every one of them. Suffice to say it was a great turnout with the likes of Orland Kurtenbach, Jack McIlhargey, Harold Snepsts, Garry Valk and Kirk McLean at the microphone sharing several golden memories. Jim Robson also spoke and read a moving, inspirational message from Mickey McDowell, past president of the Canucks Alumni and one of Pat Quinn’s closet friends.

Mike Hall, the multi-talented Canucks’ Director of Broadcast Operations and proud Alumni member, put together an emotional video that touched on Quinn’s memorable past with the organization as a player, coach, general manager and executive. It was fitting that Hall included interviews from Pat O’Neill and Mike Burnstein of the Canucks’ training and medical staff, oftentimes the forgotten heroes from behind the scenes.

Former head coach Bob McCammon was present, as was popular “Super Pest” from the early 1970’s, Andre Boudrias.

The only person missing was the man himself … the Big Irishman. But as far as his dear friends present on that chilly January evening in downtown Vancouver were concerned, he was there in spirit.

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